Rosco, founded in 1910, is still best known for the products it originally manufactured: filters for entertainment lighting.
The company now offers products in more than a dozen categories. These include gobos (or patterns), correction filters for film lighting, fog and haze machines, dance floors, scenic paint and backdrops for theatre and film/video.
Rosco also has innovated a number of lighting equipment products, including rotators, projectors, intelligent mirrors and LitePad, a remarkable LED-based fixture.
The company has been honored with four awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the "Oscars"). The awards were for Rosco's Cinegel range of lighting filters and the CalColor range of lighting filters. Other awards were won for the company's backdrops and fog machines.
Rosco's headquarters are in Stamford, Connecticut, with other US facilities near Austin, Texas and Hollywood, California. A truly multi-national company, Rosco maintains fully staffed businesses in Australia, Brazil, Canada, England and Spain.
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Supergel - Rosco's premium filter range, introduced in Europe in 1976. The original high temperature filter, Supergel's unique engineering gives it unsurpassed colour durability and heat resistance
RoscoLux - The first choice of American lighting designers, Roscolux is the most widely specified theatrical filter in the world and is now available throughout Europe.
E-Colour+ - Traditional European colour filter range of the most popular colours available at a very cost effective price.
Dichroic filters - These are durable glass colour filters that transmit only certain wavelengths of light, reflecting the rest of the spectrum, rather than absorbing it. Since virtually no energy is absorbed by the filter, light transmission is significantly higher than traditional gels and dichroics will never burn out or fade. Rosco Permacolor dichroic filters are made with the highest quality coatings, specifically designed not to fade or shift colour. In addition, Rosco's sophisticated manufacturing process allows for precise colour consistency - batch to batch - to a degree that is unprecedented in other dichroic coatings. Permacolor filters are manufactured in five standard sizes on durable borafloat glass at 1.75mm (.069") thick or they can be custom cut in any size up to 13.5" in diameter.
Over the last 20 years, the range of scenic, props and costume materials used in entertainment and architectural design has grown dramatically. More than just canvas, muslin, velours and polyester fabrics, scenic artisans now use exotic blends of fibres, complex weaves and purely synthetic fabrics as well as woods, composites, pulped sheets, plastics, papers, cardboards and almost any other material they can find. And each one of these materials, when used on stage or in public assembly, must meet local requirements for flame retardance.
Completely reformulated to address this wide range of modern materials and to satisfy the broad spectrum of Fire Marshall regulations, Rosco is pleased to introduce six new Flamex products. Similar to the original Roscoflamex range, each of the six new flame retardants is keyed to a specific family of materials and designed for ease of use and to maximise the effective protective treatment.