For exterior shoots, one of the most useful pieces of equipment in the grip truck is the reflector or shiny board (see figure 35-1). A reflector is essentially a large soft mirror that can be used to reflect the sun into a scene. The reflector can be panned and tilted and once properly positioned, locked into place. Shiny boards provide a fantastic way to light a scene without using a full lighting package.
As opposed to attaching a large piece of reflector fabric to an 8′ × 8′ frame, a shiny board is smaller (generally 3′ × 3′) and made to be specifically targeted on an area, and re-targeted. Generally one person ...