This is Meg: Capturing the Realities of Hollywood “Success” with Black Magic (Retrospective/Case Study)

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Articles, Behind-the-Scenes, Featured, Industry | 0 comments

Wrangling the monster that is the Hollywood movie industry is no small feat. Professional filmmaker Alex Ferrari has encountered his fair share of production headaches, from last-minute project cancellations to the notion that a successful film requires a massive budget and huge stars. With today’s technology on his side, Ferrari began planning for an entirely different kind of project.

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Know Your Lights: LEDs (Article/Tips)

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Articles, Behind-the-Scenes, Featured, Industry, Lighting Tutorials, Lighting/Gaffing, Tips, Tutorials, Walk Throughs | 0 comments

Tungsten and/or HMI lamps are usually the workhorse units of a lighting package, providing the power that is needed to key-light all but the smallest of set-ups. But they’re not right for every situation. If you don’t need the punch of a point source, and you want something a little softer, fluorescents might be the answer. This is the third category of lighting units I’m covering in my Know Your Lights series; back up to the overview if you want to start from the beginning.

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Know Your Lights: Fluorescent (Article/Tips)

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Articles, Behind-the-Scenes, Featured, Industry, Lighting Tutorials, Lighting/Gaffing, Tips, Tutorials, Walk Throughs | 0 comments

Tungsten and/or HMI lamps are usually the workhorse units of a lighting package, providing the power that is needed to key-light all but the smallest of set-ups. But they’re not right for every situation. If you don’t need the punch of a point source, and you want something a little softer, fluorescents might be the answer. This is the third category of lighting units I’m covering in my Know Your Lights series; back up to the overview if you want to start from the beginning.

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Know Your Lights: HMIs (Article/Tips)

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Articles, Behind-the-Scenes, Featured, Industry, Lighting Tutorials, Lighting/Gaffing, Tips, Tutorials, Walk Throughs | 0 comments

Following on from last week’s look at tungsten units, today we focus on HMI lighting. HMIs are more complex technology than tungsten, meaning they are far more expensive, and more prone to problems, particularly if you get a deal from a hire company and they give you older units. But they are bright and relatively efficient and because of this, and their colour temperature of 5,600K, they are by far the most popular type of light used in today’s film and TV industry when battling or mixing with natural daylight.

HMIs (hydragyrum medium-arc iodide) operate by creating an arc between two electrodes. This arc excites a gas which produces the light. In order to ignite the arc, a ballast is required. This device also regulates the current, while a special header cable connects the ballast to the light.

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