To front-light his portrait of the rock band Pierce the Veil, Adam Elmakias used an Alien Bees monolight inside a Photoflex Octodome softbox (A). He side- and backlit the musicians with two Alien Bees monolights inside (B) and 35
I wanted to pin this photo to see a professional set up for using lighting gels. Here there is technology used including a stand with the lighting gel over the light which is being bounced onto a stand with lines in to created shadow on the model.
Portrait Lighting Setup poster to be helpful. It contains 24 different portrait lighting setups using a variety of lighting gear and lighting patterns. Click the image to see it up large. Also check out some of the further reading.