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Grips use different size frames to cover, reflect or diffuse light and many grip companies still refer to these as "Butterfly Frames"...

But why are they called butterfly frames?


In the early days of filming the Grips would hold a post that was connected to a giant circle frame and had different nets to tone down the light. These frames resembled butterfly catchers so they became known as Butterfly Frames.

Here is a picture showing a butterfly frame in use...


Grips still use frames on film sets today however they are no longer round...they are square frames now but are still used for the same purpose.

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