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07-02-2012 08:19 AM
A box full of practicals (at least bulbs) as noted above is also a life saver. I have various wattages in a box I always carry, from 15 watt to 250 watt. First thing we do on set is go swap all the practical bulbs. Generally taking them all down to 15 watt if they are in frame.
07-02-2012 04:21 PM
I am going through and testing many different kinds of lights and bulbs. If you are shooting guerrilla fictional narrative, after you get a base kit of big, powerful and versatile pro-style lights, it is handy to have a bunch of other lights that can be put together rather inexpensively to give you much more versatility. This is especially important for low budget night exteriors, or in large spaces.
I have read a bit that Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC and Shane Hurlbut ASC have put together and used "Batten Lights" made up of long strips of sockets in which they put various standard medium base incandescent bulbs. Deakins says that he used a light like this on "Jarhead" and there is behind the scenes footage of Hurlbut using on on the short "The Last Three Minutes" http://www.hurlbutvisuals.com/blog/2...ast-3-minutes/ Working from that, I have been getting some bulbs for testing. One if the ones I just got is this one, a 500 watt R-40 shaped incandescent that is made as a replacement bulb for swimming pool lighting.
The specs here:
It is also available on Amazon
I have some 4 socket rigs that are rated for up to 500 watts per socket that I want to test it out in. I will be doing the performance testing this week and will probably post the results in another thread. Just thought I would through that out there. When it comes to lighting, there are many ways to skin a cat... so to speak.
BTW, I don't care for CFLs that much any more. I hate the green spike and am not sold on that "Equivalent Light output" hype. The warmer ones are, in my opinion, just plan ugly, light wise and the high power daylight ones just don't give out enough light, in many cases, and are pretty unwieldy to use in medium base or mogul base sockets. I am open to suggestions about them, but they just seem to be more work to man handle into a useable light than I want to put into it."The enemy of art is the absence of limitations"
"To me the great hope is... people that normally wouldn't be making movies will make them and suddenly some little fat girl in Ohio will be the new Mozart and will make a beautiful film using her father's camera-corder and the "Professionalism" of movie making will be destroyed forever and it will finally become an art form."
-Francis Ford Coppola.
07-03-2012 05:29 AM
While lights like the source 4 are a great tool to add to your kit, be aware that ellipsoidals are generally heavier than other lights needing a more heavy duty stand.David W. Jones
07-03-2012 07:41 AM
So you don't have to blast 3K of light on the guy sitting at the desk to not have his desk lamp blown out. You put a VERY low wattage bulb in it which then motivates some of your key light. Can do the same thing with a dimmer, but then it goes very yellow on you. It's easier to just swap the bulb.
07-03-2012 05:44 PM
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- Feb 2012
My basic kit for movies is some fresnels (2k,3 1k, 2 750, 1 500, 1 200), Source 4 1k spot (Very useful as has been mentioned), par64, some scoops, stands, and small grip items bounce cards etc.
I've discovered this to be very true, and have had to go extra lengths to control light than I would have thought. flags, duvetyne, dimmers, and Neutral density gel have become my friends
Last edited by snipe2k5; 07-03-2012 at 06:06 PM.
07-05-2012 01:32 PM
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- Jun 2011
- Ontario, Canada
I'm a full time photographer, and I've been to school and paid attention - so I'm familiar with the basic principles of lighting. But I'd like to watch some pros light specific for narrative.
We watched Pride and Prejudice (2005) the other day, after a DP told me it was his favourite film from the past few years. The lighting and camera work in that movie is BEAUTIFUL. If I could find some resources that showed the how to on something like that, that'd be awesome!
Stuff like this, except 24fps of it, and higher res