# Custom Gobos

#### DHSLXOP

##### Active Member
Hi everyone

I'm TD for an upcoming show at my high school and the director decided that she wants a gobo to be made of the show's logo to be on the main curtain while the house is entering.

I have found the rosco custom gobo page with all the directions but was wondering if someone could give me some better instructions than what they give:

1) They say email to the local dealer - who would be my local dealer? (I'm in Florida)
2) We are using a Source Four 575 Watt fixture - would a steel gobo be what we need?
3) What is the approximate cost for a custom gobo?
4) In general, once I have compiled all of my information, who do I send this all to?

Thanks so much for your help!

#### ScaredOfHeightsLD

##### Active Member
Hi everyone
I'm TD for an upcoming show at my high school and the director decided that she wants a gobo to be made of the show's logo to be on the main curtain while the house is entering.
I have found the rosco custom gobo page with all the directions but was wondering if someone could give me some better instructions than what they give:
1) They say email to the local dealer - who would be my local dealer? (I'm in Florida)
http://www.rosco.com/us/retail/index.asp that will help you find a rosco dealer. But don't discredit other manufacturers out there. I have had very positive experiences with Apollo custom gobos as well as some other companies out there. This company in particular has been very good in the past. They make their gobos out of a much thicker steel which tends to last longer. They charge about 50-60 dollars a piece and you get three cuts of each gobo. Shipping is usually very fast and reasonable.
2) We are using a Source Four 575 Watt fixture - would a steel gobo be what we need?
If you are just doing a show logo in black/white this should be perfect. Just make sure you have the correct lens. If your show logo has colors which you would like projected as well, you could look at glass gobos or the Rosco Image Pro If you do go with steel, keep in mind that you need to leave connections in the image for letters like O. SOmetimes the company will take care of this. But the artwork needs to be "Gobo Ready" Also, think about what you want to be lit and what you want to be dark. Make sure this is clear on the artwork.
3) What is the approximate cost for a custom gobo?
I find they can run anywhere from 50 dollars and up for a custom steel gobo.
4) In general, once I have compiled all of my information, who do I send this all to?
Your artwork should meet the specs asked for by whichever company you are having produce the gobo and then it either goes directly to them or to your dealer. Your dealer will have better information in regards to this.
Thanks so much for your help!
Let me know if you have any more questions. Good Luck!

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#### derekleffew

##### Resident Curmudgeon
Senior Team
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1) They say email to the local dealer - who would be my local dealer? (I'm in Florida)
2) We are using a Source Four 575 Watt fixture - would a steel gobo be what we need?
3) What is the approximate cost for a custom gobo?
4) In general, once I have compiled all of my information, who do I send this all to?

Thanks so much for your help!
1) Looks to be about 30 dealers in Florida.
2) Steel would be the least expensive. May need to go to glass if the design is intricate or multi-color
3) Between $50-$150 for steel; higher for glass.

#### icewolf08

##### CBMod
CB Mods
As has been mentioned, be careful of copyright issues. Also I believe for all of the major manufacturers you need to make the actual purchase through a dealer. Generally what that mean is that the dealer submits an order to the manufacturer, but you deal directly with the manufacturer for the artwork. I have always had my custom templates done through Apollo, they do a great job and they work well with you to get the artwork ready.

Here are some other things to think about. If you are doing text, you should consider EDLT lenses for your projecting unit. Also, it is really a must that you have the template made in "A" size (unless you are not using source 4's/SLs/selecons). The larger image area of an "A" size template helps a lot with readability.

If you can, post the artwork and we may be able to give more pointers.

#### LD4Life

##### Active Member
Since its a high school show, meaning probably not too many performances and not too much use of the gobo, you could probably create your own out of a pie tin, an exacto (or similar) knife, and some time. You can get a pretty good looking gobo out of those simple ingredients, and chances are the audience wouldn't know the difference.
I would have to agree with DarSax on this one, since its not going to be a long run, heavy use gobo, just cut it our of a pie tin with an exacto knife.

#### bobgaggle

##### Well-Known Member
If your high school has a Tech-ed department with a CAD program, you can design the logo and route it out of a thin sheet of metal. The router talks to the program and produces an exact replica. We did this for a show at my high school and it worked well.