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lucas millard

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  1. Just to follow-up. I ended up sending the batteries to John Ritter in Florida. He had them repacked with fresh cells and returned within the week. Great service, very reasonable price (~$200/battery) compared to the other options that were available. Ritter does a pro job, the batteries came back better than new, with a guarantee. Other solutions that surfaced - Oppenheimer Camera (Seattle) - Marty designed and built an adapter/converter for gold mount/v-mount batteries that is elegant and beautiful, and very expensive (~$3,000). This is a very good long-term solution for the camera and I will definitely consider this next time my batteries go down. Marty says it will last 10 mags with a AB Dionic 90, which defiinitely outperforms the Arri batteries. He has one in stock currently (gold mount). Cinepower (UK) - designs and makes their own Arri 416 battery and chargers. Theirs are NiMH which means they will be heavier, take longer to charge, and will have 'memory' issues if not stored correctly. But they will also last a lot longer than the Li-ion batteries. Also somewhat expensive (~ $2000USD for one battery and a charger). They don't have any in stock currently but can build them. Do-it-yourself - at your own risk with Sony replacement cells (US18650V3) - will need soldering tools and a bit of electronics know-how.
  2. I know that there are a lot of these out there that are getting shelved as HD wireless monitors have taken over. Hoping that someone has one to sell for a reasonable price. I would like to add to my Arri 416 kit, which I offer at an very low rate so as to keep filmmaking on film affordable. Would be a bonus if located in NY. Please PM me.
  3. Thank you Kenny - Ritter is in Florida, which may be my only option... and I called a couple Batteries Plus franchises around LA, but no one seems to be willing to do repairs. Anyone out there now a west coast alternative to this dilemma? The batts are currently out in LA.
  4. I'm in a pickle - both my onboard batteries for my ARRI 416 are on the fritz and the camera is mid-production on a feature film. Does anyone in the great LA area have these batteries (OBB-2) to rent so that I can have some time to figure out how to get them re-celled (my 2nd problem - finding someone that recells these batteries). I've called all the usual rental companies with no success. Any help is appreciated! Thanks.
  5. I am shooting a music video with a Red Scarlet on Saturday that involves overhead shots of a 4'x8' table with 8 people enjoying a gluttonous meal. Lighting kit comprises of one 4x4 Kino (tungsten), 3 650W and 2 300W Arri fresnels. Shooting in a 20 x 30 foot studio with table in the center. Want the table well lit with pretty immediate fall off so that the table is the 'island' and the edges of room fall off into darkness. I was planning to key with the Kino on a boom over the table and use the fresnels as rim lights for the dinner guests. Only problem is that we want to get some bird's eye over head shots of the whole table and inserts of the food and select actions in close-up from above. The kino would very likely be in the shot, especially for the overhead wide of the table. What to do? There is no budget for a jib (no budget for much of anything really), so was thinking of shooting from a ladder. Any advice on how to light? or a no-budget solution for getting bird's eye compositions? Is it possible to match the Kino 'look' using the fresnels for the overhead bird's eye shots, and then switching it out for the Kino when the camera is back on the floor?
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