I like to sometimes use a light pattern (cucalorus or cookie) to add a little life to a solid background or imitate a natural light pattern. The great thing about cookies are you have a controllable constant pattern that can be anywhere from a sharp to a very soft pattern. I tend to like a softer pattern when projecting onto a solid background and a sharper pattern on a subject or busy background. You can see the soft pattern I used behind Katie-Britt Greenway, Miss South Miami Beach, in the image below and the video clip.
Chimera has a new window pattern system that makes having a small, versatile and portable set of cookie patterns available to you on location or in the studio. Like the entire Chimera, line the window pattern system is sturdy and well thought out. This was evident from the moment I opened the box and found the kit comes in a heavy-duty long zippered bag.
One of the problems of the traditional cookie is that it is usually a full size 48 X 48 or larger pattern made out of wood. This makes it hard to take it with you. Another problem is that even if you do have that kind of space, you are still limited to one pattern unless you have a grip truck with room for multiple 48 x 48 boards.
Chimera has gotten around that by starting with a collapsible metal frame with a very smart pin system that works with standard grip head to hold it securely and prevent the frame from twisting. Then there is a black matte to control light spill that fits to the frame with elastic at each corner and is flexible so it rolls up. The patterns then attach by Velcro to fill the center open square. The patterns are black and white designs on what looks like a litho film. One of the beauties of this is that you have a choice of number patterns with the same frame and matte. If you don’t like one pattern, in seconds you can have a different one installed. Since there are Velcro tabs on both sizes of the matte, you can combine two patterns. Note in the image showing the pattern a second pattern is hanging from the Velcro ready to be put in place instantly.
Terry of Chimera told me of a way he uses the system where he attaches the frame to a c-stand and then an arm to the c-stand to hold a light in an open-faced Chimera softbox. This allows for easy movement of the complete light/pattern system together and even more control of light spill.
Depending on your needs, the frame/matte combinations come in three sizes 22X22, 42X42 and 48X48. For more info go to www.chimeralighting.com