New Production Lighting Gear At NAB

What’s New With Production Lighting? NAB 2017 in Las Vegas this year was all about soft light for production lighting.   While tungston fresnels are far from dead as they continue to rent with surprisingly regularity, these soft lights are gaining massive popularity on video sets for their fast and flexible capabilities. Kino Flow Celeb 250 Kinoflo rental has been one of my top 3 rental requests for my grip trucks for what seems like forever in Miami. Kinoflo has upgraded their select line...

LED Lighting

Led lighting has come a long way over the past 7 years.  I rent Led lighting to my customers on just about every production I work as Gaffer on these days.   Ease of use is a big factor. I reach for the Astra-Lite Panels the most.  Battery powered, lightweight, nimble,  variable color temperature option on the fly and extremely powerful.  Astra light panels are quick and effective. The power consumption on LED lighting is amazing.  Color rendering used to be an issue but no more in my opinion! ...

An amazing day at Matthews studio equipment

Thought I would share an amazing day at Matthews studio equipment.  I primarily use Matthews studio equipment grip gear on my grip trucks! Matthews has been building some of the best grip gear for the past 42 years.  A family run business Tyler Phillips and his Dad Ed Phillips of Matthews studio equipment are good people.  They now are in a new facility that has made the operation more efficient yielding faster turn around times for faster fulfillment. The quality of Matthews studio equipment...

Check it Out Film Buffs! Old Tungsten Lights at Mole and B&H Photo!

As a film lighting history guy, I was interested in tungsten lights from Mole Richardson Company.  When we traveled to Los Angeles recently, I checked out their set lights on display.  Some date back to 1930.        According to their Wikipedia page, “Mole-Richardson invented the Fresnel Solar Spot unit in 1935, adapting the fresnel lighthouse lens for use in motion pictures. It won the first of four technical Academy Awards the company has earned.[2]” Their Wikipedia page continues, ...

TBT: Master Lighting Class by ASC Cinegear 2013

Alan Caso, ASC at Mole Richardson Stage, CInegear 2013 #TBT Los Angeles #Cinegear 2013. Found this photo while going through my files. We participated in a master lighting class at Mole-Richardson Stage taught by ASC Cinematographers — Ron Garcia, ASC, the late Haskell Wexler, ASC and Alan Caso, ASC. They made it look so easy. So much respect for these gentlemen! These incredibly talented cinematographers shared their knowledge and enthusiasm, demonstrated lighting techniques and problem solving...

My Grip Truck Photo Shoot in Miami!

Every once in a while you shoot somewhere where the environment triggers your mind’s eye to capture the moment. I took this photo of my grip truck on a shoot overlooking Miami and Biscayne Bay with my iPhone 6, and also did the color grading on the iPhone. On location overlooking  Biscayne Bay My grip truck has a odd attractiveness in this place and time.  I will look back at this photo 20 years from now and thoughts will go straight to that job we were working.  Love this business! I remember...

Best at NAB – Nokia’s OZO VR Camera

The one product that was totally new this year at NAB 2016 —  VR Cameras.  See Nokia’s OZO.  By far the best integration for a camera you can purchase for a whopping 60K.

And the winner is…My favorite booth at NAB 2016.

Once Again ATOMOS brings it with a super creative booth at NAB 2016. Really cool climbing wall that is actually used for USA Climbing national competitions. The wall was huge and beautifully lit!  Awesome climbers scaling the wall all day long……

Knots Every Grip Should Know

Often new grips ask me — “Hey Dave show me some knots.”  Well, a few of these take some time to learn! When rigging lights and grip over people’s heads you’d better have that knot mastered!  These videos by Greg Hewett, a career grip, show you exactly what you need to know about rigging knots.  These grip knots can be used to rig 20 x 20’s, all overhead butterfly’s, large stands to hard points,  pop up tents, you name it — they’ll be fastened...

A Great Lighting Resource – Rosco’s SoftDrop

We’re always on the search for ways to enhance our lighting kit and we recently came across these wicked cool SoftDrop backdrops by Rosco.  They look fantastic and with their extra large seamless size a Director of Photography can shoot from all angles without shooting a seam. They are 100% woven cotton and have a super matte finish so they don’t create lighting reflections — a DP’s nightmare.  They also don’t require as many lights as other backdrops.  The Rosco SoftDrops...

NAB 2015 – Kessler CineSlider™

  We were impressed with the Kessler CineSlider™ at NAB 2015.  It’s an extremely beefy and durable camera slider built for the heaviest rigs but it’s more lightweight than others and sets up quick. Reinforced aluminum, protected rails and precision machining make it a great tool in your bag of tricks.  We were wondering when the boys at Kessler would come up with a slider for the big jobs. Hats off to Eric Kessler — they have done a great job!  Call us at Dave’s...

ARRI SkyPanel Soft Light’s Debut at NAB 2015

This was one of the coolest lights we saw this year at the NABShow! These robust lights with aluminum bodies, simple controls have a large aperture. The light wraps beautifully for lighting actors.  It has adjustable color temperature from 2800K – 10,000K and add many types of diffusion with the front diffusion frame. Light draws 400 watts and output exceeds a 2K soft light. You can also power the light with batteries. We think the Arri SkyPanel will be relevant for a long time!  

Benefits of Renting ARRI Lighting Systems

The  ARRI M8 is the smallest and newest edition to the ARRIMAX line of daylight HMI studio lights designed to compete with the ever-popular K5600 Joker 800 HMI fixture. ARRI lights are the most desired lighting systems for any production, and the latest ARRI M-Series is exactly what Producers and Directors of Photography are looking for. The ARRI M8 is equipped with ARRIMAX Technology and its patented, open face design makes ARRI surpass the competition. M8 lights can be focused between 15° and...

Hive Lighting Plasa Fixtures at NAB 2015

Hive Lighting brought out some cool new plasma lighting toys to NAB 2015 this year.  The innovative  Drone Source 4 Spot Kit shown here has tunable color from Tungsten to Moonlight and has other great features such as a Leko lens barrel for focus and directional control or use of an optional soft-box to diffuse the light. The Hive Drone Source 4 Spot Kit shown at NAB 2015 The Drone has Tungsten, Hybrid, Daylight, and even a Moonlight color temperature setting! For those of you unfamiliar with plasma...

NAB 2015 Update: Matthews Brauer Hostess Tray Door Mount Kit

The Matthews Brauer Hostess Tray Kit shown at NAB 2015 This new camera mount system now available at Dave’s Grip and Lighting debuted at NAB 2015. It allows you to mount nearly any modern camera package or even a gimbal stabilization system safely to a door in about five minutes. With this tray in place, the door can be opened and closed without restriction – a real convenience for the production.   Legacy door mount systems were far bulkier, certainly heavier and, without a doubt, took much...

Dave’s provides Grip and Lighting for Spotzen’s production of the LPGA 2015 Branding videos.

Dave’s Grip and Lighting was hired again by Austin, Texas production company Spotzen to provide  crew and equipment for the LPGA’s 2015 branding videos shot in the days preceding the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Resort in Naples, FL. Director Rich Tlapek discusses the shot with LPGA golfers Paula Creamer and Belen Mozo. For the grip team we provided a 3-ton grip truck with ARRI M40 and M18 HMI lighting, generators, and a 4ft CamRunner slider. Camera department worked with...