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Question #5100 posted on 04/19/2004 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,
How do the people who set up the lights in the Marriott Center manage to illuminate square, rectangular, etc. areas of light--such as when a choir sings, or earlier today at the Unforum (when they lit up a square for the BYU Breakers, and I think again for the Cougarettes).

I'm curious how on earth they manage to get straight sides, since usually you just end up with variations on a circle when you shine a light on something!

- It's the little things...

A: Dear Little things,

Well, the most obvious technique would be the use of framing shutters. Basically, they're pieces of metal placed in the path of the beam to prevent part of it from showing. Using said shutters, you can cut out the round edges, and you have a square.

- Spotlights are cool