Hello! I have been researching lighting and gobos for the past month and have found most of my information through this website. Such a fantastic resource and everyone is so helpful so I thought maybe some of you could assist me with some questions I have.
I am finishing up my last semester as an undergrad studying visual arts. I have been working with light, shadow, and projection for the past year. Right now I am working on a light installation where I will basically fill a room with patterned light (using gobos and some sort of light). I will have the lights situated somehow to where when the viewer enters the space they will automatically interrupt the light that is being projected onto the wall. The space is 43 feet long x 13 feet wide x 8 feet high, so it's basically a hallway.
So my question is: What can I use as a light (90 watt clamp, flashlight, professional lighting, etc.) and what can I use as a gobo (aluminum pie sheet, acetate, etc)? I've talked with theater lighting companies and they've suggested 50 degree Shakespeare's, source 4's, and LED gobo projectors. These are all fantastic but my budget is basically non existent. I've thought about using a 90 watt spotlight and creating a gobo with aluminum pie sheets but this will have to hold up for 6 hours a day and I'm just not sure if this would last. I've also tossed around the idea of creating a gobo for a flashlight and just using that since the flashlight uses LED's just like the LED projector (may be a bit of a stretch but I'm trying to stay open to any plausible way of making this installation happen). At this point I'm running out of ideas and time and need help! I kind of just jumped in head first with this installation without realizing all the elements of lighting. But I'm learning a lot and hopefully with your help I can execute this installation successfully. Thank you in advance for all of your help!