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What is a C-Stand?

In film production, a C-stand is primarily used to position light modifiers, such as silks, nets, or flags, in front of light sources. The stand is constructed of metal and consists of a collapsible base, two riser columns, and a baby pin on top.

The term C-stand goes all the way back to the early days of filmmaking. Before studio lights were ever invented, a film stage would revolve 360 degrees to allow for continuous overhead lighting from the sun, with large reflectors used to illuminate the set and actors.

The most popular of these reflectors was 100”, or “century” sized, and so the stands which held them became known as C-stands.

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