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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 Caleb 250 Production Lighting
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 of celeb 250’s and 450’s that now have more control and flexibility.  You can dial in a wide color pallet of not only tungston and daylight but full RGB as well.  On location, you can match old green fluorescents and sodium vapor, with the controls on this light.  Much more flexibility and portability is now built in.   The new select Freestyle line comes apart and is modular, allowing you the ability to get the light into tight spaces, cable to it or combine these units to create a bigger light source. Kinoflo has the reputation for un-matched build quality and customer support.  Certainly one of my favorite lighting manufactures for video production lighting.   

We will have these Kino Flos in our rental inventory very soon!!

Cineo's new Quantum C80 production lighting
Cineo’s new Quantum C80.

Cineo has a wonderful new light called the Quantum C80.  It is a large light source for production on location and studio lighting. Dimensions are 4 feet by 2 feet.  The output is 50 thousand lumens of full gamut light.  This is a fantastic large soft source that is easily managed by 1 person.  This instrument has the capability of full RGB and has 4 channels of DMX.  No cooling fans make this light fantastic for sets where dialog is being recorded.  Cineo’s award-winning white light quality is second to none. The character of this light is truly, truly remarkable.  The way that it wraps and influences skin tones is nothing short of breath taking.

We are thinking seriously of adding the Cineo to our video production lighting rental inventory. Let us know if you would like to rent it!

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!  You literally can shoot at night in the street with only 4 anton bauer batteries for 3 to 6 hours dependent on the brightness setting. 

Astra Lite Panels

Astra Lite Panels- LED Lighting
Astra Lite Panels- LED Lighting

“This compact 2-light kit has everything you need to light on-camera stand ups or a small location. The included
battery adapter plates make these kits a great mobile lighting solution. Both the Astra 1×1 Bi-Color panels provide soft, full spectrum illumination.”

The Advantage of LED Lighting

The big advantage of LEDs is that they tend to stay relatively cool and are super energy efficient. The light also takes Chimera diffusers or modifiers (still photographers language)  which soften, wrap and broaden the LED light.  You can mount these lights on the hood of a car on a bicycle or hold it in your hand and aim it at your subject.  If you are a 1 man crew the Astra Light panel is the hot ticket!  The Astra light panel is powerful enough to use on Miami beach to fill your subject or act as an eye light on a corporate interview shoots.  In Fort Lauderdale, LEDs are quickly replacing fluorescents as well in commercial applications.

The rental price for LED lighting is a great bang for your buck. Call Daves Grip and Lighting today for a great price on LED lighting rental.

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 gear is nothing short of amazing.  Largely made by hand the tolerances and precision are impressive!  Their gear lasts forever opposed to the crap that comes from Asia.   During my visit, they treated me like royalty!

While digital cinema cameras have changed dramatically almost every 3 years, grip gear has not changed much over the years.

Matthews studio equipment grip gear is the best in the business
Desk made from dolly parts
Matthews studio equipment grip gear is the best in the business
Matthews studio equipment show room
Matthews studio equipment grip gear is the best in the business
A gaggle of duck bills

Matthews studio equipment is truly one of the top innovators in the film and television business.   The quality of the metal must be top grade as we work in the salt water a bunch here in Miami.  Lives depend on the quality of the grip gear as lights and rigging seem to be frequently over people’s heads.  Safety First!

Matthews studio equipment is also making some top notch cinema sliders these days. I have a couple of their Matthews studio equipment mini slider stands, they are a life saver!! The mini slider stands are purpose but for cine sliders, we no engirt have to mess around with low combo stands!!    I also have my eye on their new duty dolly.  I will be taking a close look at this dolly at the upcoming NAB.  We also stock Matthews studio equipment car mount systems.  We have a variety of gear to rig a camera on a car, motorcycle, baby stroller, you name it!!!

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.

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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]”

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Their Wikipedia page continues,  “Mole-Richardson is considered by many to be the staple of motion picture and television lighting in the movie industry today, setting the standard for tungsten fresnel fixtures. However, they do also manufacture HMI day-light lighting units. Their lighting is generally recognized by their maroon coloring and ‘MR’ logos.”

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And then to my surprise, when I traveled to B&H Photo Video Pro Audio  in NYC we saw some iconic  Mole-Richardson Company 4K ZIP lights  for sale.

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Enjoy this walk down the memory lane of Tungsten lighting.

TBT: Master Lighting Class by ASC Cinegear 2013

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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 skills. It was great to see these ASC guys work their magic and we learned a thing or two!

 

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.

Grip Truck Avante Garde in Miami
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 back when Miami did not look like this!

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 tight!

Check out more of Greg Hewett’s great Grip tutorial videos at: http://www.gripjobs.biz/