The first behind the scenes segments we bring you is from a promo and bumpers spot for a new TV show called The Ricardo Laguna Project which airs on MTV Tr3s. It is a reality show that follows professional BMX rider, Ricardo Laguna. The TV show’s Executive Producer is Wilmer Valderrama. Many of you may know him as Fez from That 70s Show.
Our friend Tom Banks, was the DoP for this shoot. Here is what he had to say regarding the use of our lights:
“The 1×1 panel light (X-300) really came in handy when shooting the interior scenes that took place in a kitchen and living room. Space was tight both on square-footage as well as ceiling height. For the kitchen, I wanted a top light for some items on a table. There wasn’t enough space for a fresnel fixture, and we did not want to rig a Kino due to its weight. So, we threw the 1×1 on the gobo arm of a c-stand and extended it over the kitchen table. The wide beam of the light offered a nice even spread even with the limited head room. To make it even sweeter, we powered it with a DV battery (Sony NP-F970). I couldn’t have set up a top light as quickly as I did with the 1×1 – and best part…no cables!”
“There also came a point where I was looking to create an edge light for when they were standing around the stove. Since action was happening all around the kitchen, no floor space was available. So, I placed the X-300 on top of the fridge, propped up by its yoke. (FYI: a yoke is the c-shaped metal bracket on lights that hold the mounting receptacle and allow the light to tilt up and down) Again, with the light being powered by a DV battery…no cables!”
“I was later able to achieve a backlight with the same method: placing the X-300 by itself on a bookshelf in the living room. I also used the Z96 in this scene as well. I used it to add just a bit more of front fill to Sr. Laguna. I mounted the Z96 on to the living room’s ceiling fan. What other fixtures are light enough to mount onto a ceiling fan?!…and not to mention bright enough to make it worth it. We powered the Z96 by a small DV battery (Sony NP-F550). The Z96 packs a good amount of punch.”
“The versatility of these lights helped out with this shoot immensely. With their many power options, light-weight build, and small form factor, these lights found themselves being the workhorse on set. They make my job easier. I can focus creatively on the visuals without compromising.”
Well, that’s as good a note to leave on as any 🙂 Check out the video below, and stay tuned for the next installment!