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  1. OP is the question, although I also am wondering if these drop ceilings in the attached picture work with scissor clamps? I can't tell if the gap/space down the line is just cosmetic or functional, and these pictures are being sent to me.
  2. FJS International is brokering a sale of a large inventory from a European rental company. You can buy items individually. See complete list here: https://fjsinternational.com/fjsaprilinventorysale.html
  3. Harris-Chewning, Inc. is a production rental company in North Carolina with many years of service and dependability. We rent LED, Kinoflo, HMI and tungsten Lighting. Grip trucks from 1 ton to 4 ton. Cameras and support gear: Arri, Sony cameras, Alura, Zeiss lenses, monitors, etc. Harris-Chewning, Inc. 148 Stancell Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27516 919 942-7997 http://www.harris-chewning.com
  4. Hey all, I'm fairly new to grip work so I'm a bit stumped by this. So I'll be shooting this scene involving 3 subjects, all of which are situated behind a table with a black backdrop behind all of them to act as a background. It's just going to be the one wide shot, so the camera will be positioned dead centre in the middle of all of them. I've attached a photo complete with my expert illustration skills showing the placement of the subjects in the scene. So I'm looking for a lighting solution that can efficiently light all of them using as few lights as possible. The overall look will be fairly high-key, with a light on the backdrop so it won't look like a black hole behind them. My existing kit consists on 2x Nanguang Luxpad43 LED Panels, and I have the go-ahead to rent any additional lights I need (within reasonable cost, of course) I'm torn between two possible setups: 1. A large diffused soft key in the centre that casts on all the subjects, with one light at camera right near the backdrop to act as fill for Subject 1 and backlight for Subjects 2 and 3, and one light at camera left near the backdrop to act as fill for Subjects 2 and 3 and backlight for Subject 1. Finally, 1 additional light for the backdrop as described earlier. This is the cheaper solution; I'm guessing the centre key will eliminate the need for a backdrop light but I will have other scenes that make use of the backdrop light so I'm just thinking about continuity here. 2. Similar to above, but with 1 diffused key light at camera left for Subjects 2 and 3, and 1 diffused key light at camera right for Subject 1. The fill/back lights stay the same as with the above option, together with an additional light for the backdrop. This is the more expensive option, but I'm worried about the spill from the key lights onto the backdrop as the backdrop will be situated fairly close to the subjects. That and they might mess with the lighting from the backdrop light too. The obvious solution would be to get LED Panels with built-in barndoors; I'm just wondering if this would be the more reasonable route to take. The kit I'm looking to rent is a set of 3 Coolcam 1' x 1' Bi-Color LED Panels with barndoors, failing which I might get a set of 3 Litepanel Caliber 150W LED Fresnels or Aputure LS-mini20s. I might have the luxury of additional stands and flags but I'm trying to keep the set-up lean, and I'm already running on a tight budget as it is. Also, I'm a one-man Cam Op/Grip/Director/Producer with no extra pair of hands available (ridiculous I know). Any help would be appreciated!
  5. Hey there, Currently looking for a solution to rigging a 2K above a large set inside of an industrial coolroom. We did this the other day in a way that I would like to avoid doing again due to its stability. Old Solution: C-Stand with cartalini gripping another C-Stand shaft at full length. Light at the end of that arm, Everything was shifted back by roughly 15 degrees and added 75kg of shot bags to the other end for counterbalance. Once raised, it was panned across and then ratchet tied to scaffold that was inside the coolroom. Rough Floorplan: https://imgur.com/a/zPrlZHq We were/are limited to a few things right now; * Stands - C Stands are our best stands as of right now. I have the option to hire out another that is more suited, this is what I'm mainly looking for right now, but the footprint of larger stands don't fit inside the area we have. * Can't light from the inside of the room - a lot of it is handheld and wide angle that covers the majority of the room. * Flats can't be moved ( weight of the set pieces inside) *Flats start at 2.4m at the door and end at 3.2m behind the bed. * Roof of set is completely defused. I'm primarily looking for a better stand to help raise and reach that will be more stable than the c-stands with all the weight that was on it. Thank you! Jayden
  6. Hi guys, I've been given the task to shoot a music video. The director wanted to be to create a lighting set up similar to the picture below. It's very low budget, so I have 3 kino flows and one Arri 2k. I wanted to know what will be the best way to avoid spill when using the kino flow to light the subject? Thank you for reading Christopher
  7. Well, after four years of valiantly fighting it, I've given in, accepted my fate, and become a Vanman: And she's a blank canvas: I now have to begin the process of figuring out how I'm going to fit her out to cart around all of my crap. First big question for the layout will be - my new Inovativ cart, should I plan to wheel it in through the side doors? Or out the back? And if you've got a nice van fitout that you'd care to share, I'd certainly appreciate any good ideas for shelving/storage solutions that I can steal.
  8. Hi lighting experts! Thanks for always being so generous with your knowledge and experience on this forum and I've learnt so much from all of you. I have a shoot coming up for which I would like to get your help in reviewing my lighting plan. The concept is to have atheletes in motion against an infinite black background as in the first couple attached images (IMG 7502 and IMG 7504) I've only ever done infinite black shoots in a blackout studio but due to production constraints this will have to be done on location - a multi sports hall and a air rifle range (IMG 7500 is the hall, I couldn't upload the image of the range but it will be windowless so that's easier for me) The athlete in the hall will be a table tennis player and as you can see, while the hall is fairly large, there are windows above head all around and the shoot will have to be done during day time. My plan to combat this is to shoot from one corner of the hall and have 3 black background drapes (those typically used in photo shoots) form a cove around the subject. I was then planning to boom a 4' Kino Tegra (any practical ideas how to do this? We don't have access to a proper c boom) slightly behind the subject and bounce light back into the subject using a polyform core placed below camera or on the table where the shot size allows. I'm also looking to accent the subject with some colored backlights and was thinking of another Tegra back left/right with Lee steel blue / bright pink, flagging off spill using 2 floppies and/or the honeycomb. Do you guys think this would work or do you have any suggestions on better ways to approach this situation? Thanks so much as always!
  9. If you were looking for grips or an AC and I sent you a resume would you be more interested in: 1) a list of numerous projects Ive worked on UNDER the respective title - So I'd just list project names I've worked on, the more specific role I did, and the year - example: Grip & Electric: - Key Grip, "Project Name" Year My concern about this way is even if I have a good handful of projects I've worked on and the roles I've done, someone I'm sending it to might look at this and say "so what? I haven't even heard of that project?" and that it's not substantial enough or 2) a list of the responsibilities and experience of equipment and such I HAVE under that respective title instead? -example: Assistant Camera: - "Title" - 1st AC- responsibilities; equipment worked on Which of these would be better to go with? I originally went with the first one and then had a separate section down below listing the equipment I've worked with. Also my other question is, If I don't have a substantial list of either category "Assistant Camera" or "Grip" but have a lot of experience, should I still put them on separate resumes even though they'd be shorter (for now)? I've always been told not to put Assistant Camera and Grip on same resume Thoughts?
  10. Hey Guys, This is my first post so forgive me if my format is incorrect or if I am missing information. My name is Chris and I’ve been working in film for a few years now. I started of by volunteering my time to a local production house here in Kansas and eventually I was able to turn that into profit. Being in the industry for the amount of time that i have been I have learned that the game is supposed to be sold and not told. I understand this however, I am doing my best to continue the learning process. being in a smaller market the gigs tend to reflect as such. To a degree I feel like there is no teacher like experience but where I stand is that I want to be prepared for these experiences. That being said I am considering branching of into different markets to see if there is more official training available. I already understand a lot of the basics like names of equipment, stands, how to operate stands and things of that nature but that is not to say that I’ve come across everything nor do i know each markets terminology for items. My question to you all is do you know of any official training, courses, seminars, or workshops being offered that I may be able to attend? Book recommendations would be appreciated as well. I would be interested in learning things like rigging, dolly operation, and most importantly safety. I do live in Kansas but I am willing to travel anywhere to help advance my career. Thanks! -Chris P.S. I understand the thought of working up under people and soaking up what they have to offer (thats what I have been doing). My problem with this is that people will only tell you either what they want you to know or what you need to know to get the job done.
  11. hi i am about to shoot commercial on roller-coaster (it doesn't have 360) and she is going 40KH i want to shoot 2 persons every time thinking about alexa mini or sony f55 (global shutter) and to rig it with SACHTLER MAXIMA but afraid it wont work..... my plan B is a poor man stabilizer and to put the camera on car tire any advice will be great thanks ram
  12. Hammer Lighting & Grip 7505 Crews Drive Indianapolis, IN 46226 Phone 1: 317-547-4747 Phone 2: 877-544-4747 Email: info@hammergrip.tv Website: http://hammergrip.tv/ Info: Specializing in grip and lighting rentals, including camera support and grip truck packages including 1, 3, 4, and 5-ton. Excellent customer service, the owner Derek Hammer, is a great resource and friendly guy. All the employees are top notch and helpful.
  13. It's a long shot, but i figure I would start one for Cleveland. Anybody from the Cleveland or Ohio area?
  14. Dolly track for sale- Grip Factory Munich stainless steel and aluminum construction. 9 x 2.3 lengths, plus one 30cm and one 90 cm. Excellent condition, no bumps or dings. Surplus to requirements these days and I'm based in EUROPE. Looking for 400 euros per length sold individually or 3000 euro as a complete lot.
  15. Looking to purchase a 3 to 4 ton Grip truck ready to go with lights.
  16. I've been making my own carts for years, and here's my take on the muscle cart. In the NorthEast it rains and snows, and to give sandbags, cable, apple boxes etc a chance to drip dry a little, I started making these with expanded metal. Brakes that are super easy to operate and that hold when loaded. No flat tires with large 12" tall tires in back. 4 available at $575 ea. These make sense if you are in the NYC Metro area. Don't know about shipping. Pls email me direct: karlkimdp@gmail.com
  17. Hello, I wasn't able to find any posts on the topic with a keyword search so I figured I'd start one. I am currently looking into picking up some c-stands and combo stands and wanted to get the opinion of someone with first hand experience using the Norms Studio Equipment brand. I have used other brands of c-stands and combo stands but I don't believe I've ever used Norms. Seeing as some brands are more reliable than others my question is how is the quality of this brand? Are they reliable or should I look go another direction? Any help is greatly appreciated.
  18. JeremyA

    JClamps

    Hey guys, I'm a new member here but I've been reading thread for a while. I just launched/created a product to help mount LEDs, Microphones, anything with a hot shoe mount. I call it the "JClamp". You can check it out here: http://jclamps.com Let me know what you think. Thanks.
  19. Hi Everyone - I'm putting together a package for a very low budget feature. The production budget is $60k and I want to send production a reasonable camera and G&E package breakdown. Does anyone have a percentage that they think is a reasonable amount to allocate to equipment rental? I don't want to send something that the line-producer will scoff at. Thanks!
  20. MKE Production Rental is a lighting, grip, and camera rental house in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 710 N Plankinton Ave Suite 300 Milwaukee, WI 53203 (414) 939-3653 http://www.mkeproductionrental.com MKE Production Rental is a one-stop shop for small to medium film and video productions. We rent RED, Blackmagic, Arri, Kino Flo, and more. Google Plus Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Yelp
  21. Boa Solutions Inc. 222 Islington Ave, unit 13 Etobicoke , ON M8V3W7 Open by app't, to suit production schedules, 24/7/365, but generally there 10am-8pm M-F, unless a booking is happening earlier. Website and pricelist going through huge update, and will all be at http://www.boa.solutions . Before that, please contact me for gear availibility / suggestions, and go to http://www.boastudios.com for the studio spaces I rep. Hi, I am Mir Lada, a Lighting Designer / Gaffer / Grip / Production Still Photographer that is owner / operator of this boutique motion and still production equipment rental house in Etobicoke (west end of Toronto), in one of Toronto's film hubs. Clients come back to me because of my practical and creative problem-solving, advice, and being able to realistically accommodate any budget and any level of filmmaker. Often, after dealing with me for figuring out gear, they will create the opportunity for me to come on board as crew, which then makes things extra easy for them, since I am completely dealing with and taking responsibility for the packing, transport, setup, operation, strike, delivery back, and check-in of the gear to accomplish the look they want. The 4000 sf warehouse space I recently moved has 16' ceilings, 20' wide hallways, adn huge truck docks, is currently still being set up, between shoots and tests, and will be divided half for rental gear storage and half as a technical studio / test facility. That means it has very basic client amenities / creature comforts, but a lot of assets and capability to accomplish a wide range of small to medium shoots at a reasonable price. Perfect for when what is in front of the camera is more important than the style of the facility. Great for music videos, small films, commercials, etc. Standing sets include wall flats, and many installed cloth cycs, including 90' white, 78' chroma green, 60' black, 30; chroma blue, and 8x8 Chromatte system. Power is 200A x 3 phase cam-lok, plus 175A single phase house power. Facility is lit with 1k cyc lights and features a 17x10 overhead lightbox with 10k tungsten and 5k daylight output. I also have a 1 ton van for location work, as well as a good truck rental service nearby, where I can roll in all my mobile carts, shelves, etc to create an up to 5 ton lighting and grip truck solution for location work. I also rep a 1750 sf studio right above me, owned by a DP, with a 30'x 10' hard cyc. Spaces can be combined for same production. Lighting includes, with often multiples on-hand (over 500 lighting fixtures): Arri L7-C Arri Locaster 1x1 LED's Mole Biax KinoFlo 12k fresnel HMI 6k fresnel HMI 4k fresnel HMI 2.5k fresnel HMI 1.2k fresnel HMI 575w fresnel HMI 200w fresnel HMI 6/12k PAR 4k PAR 2.5k PAR 1.2k PAR 800w PAR 575w PAR 400w PAR 200w PAR 1.2k Profoto bare bulb 1.2k soft 575w flood 270w sungun 200w sungun Of course, hundreds of tungsten fixtures from 100w to 10k, including 6K Barger Baglite, 10' Jumbrella. I also carry a wide variety of practical bulbs, stringers, non-LED christmas lights, etc. Grip up to 20'x30' frames and rags, 28x78 digital green screen, 14'x30' black, 90' x 16' bleached seamless muslin, plus many smaller solutions. Besides a very broad and complete arsenal of motion lighting and grip, I have some more basic camera, sound, lens, and camera support gear available. 5DIII, 7DII, 5DII, 60D, D7000, FZ1000, and dozens of the most respected Canon, Nikon, Sigma, and Tamron lenses: 14mm f2.8, 14mm T3.1 cine, 16-35mm f2.8 L, 16-35mm f4 IS, 17mm TS-E, 24mm TS-E, 35mm f1.4 ART, 35mm T1.5 cine, 50mm macro, 50mm f1.4 ART, 70-200mm f2.8 IS, 85mm T1.5 cine, 85mm f1.2IIL, 100mm f2.8 macro, 135mm f2. 300mm f4 IS, 1.4xII, Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3, Tamron 2x, full cine rig, 7" monitor, Sennheiser & Rode mics, Axis Dolly, Portable platform dolly and rubber track, doorway dolly, 8/12 crane, several good sticks and fluid heads, Manfrotto Fig Rig, etc. If you or anyone you know has time, but limited budget, but needs gear, while I am setting this place up, I am looking to barter with experienced people to help me, in exchange for equipment rental credit.
  22. Hello, I'm familiar with some of the great ready-made condenser mics (e.g, Rode) that slide into the flash shoe, and those are great. However, a particular project requires something different and unique for diegetic room sound, so I have a collection of older (some are condenser) microphones (some interesting German mics, PZMs, etc.) I would like to use, while retaining what general lightness and nimbleness of the rig as I can. Does anyone have recommendations for nice XLR Adapters/Portable Recorders intended for DSLR video? The idea being to run one of the following 1) a 48V Phantom Powered Condenser mic into a box that fits nicely on or in the vicinity of the camera, which takes the XLR balanced in, provides 48V, perhaps has a few conveniences (e.g., 100hz cutoff/high pass filter switch, pad switch, DB/input meter, etc). A built-in Limiter would be an obvious plus but probably would push the price beyond where it needs to be. I would be interested in peoples' experiences using these single channel types (that have a 1/8" output to plug into the camera's line in), particularly where on-board power (e.g., 9V/Battery) vs external power supply is concerned (as to noise floor and any substantial impact on quality). 2) The same as #1, but multi-channel, 2-4 is probably the sweet spot I'm aiming for (though 8 inputs stacked couldn't hurt if it's compact enough). Though in this case, I'd be talking about an external recording device, not an adapter, that's oriented towards video audio capture, and ideally, built with filming with these types of cameras in mind (then transferring and mixing that audio in post, thus having the individual channels separate to work with in editing). So, the same questions as in #1, but also, I'd wonder which devices have proved very suited to the task (35mm DSLR filming in studio, and field capability would be a huge plus) I say "these devices" because I understand the 5Dmkii and mkiii can take SMPTE timecode into the 3.5mm audio input, so I would imagine there are some devices that are like the many others out there, with 1-4 XLR ins with 48V, but perhaps also with an extra 3.5mm cable out to transmit timecode, and perhaps one or more channels of audio (as a submix, for redundancy) straight into the camera while filming? A built-in mic for in-a-pinch situations wouldn't hurt either. I came across this device (Beachtek DXA-5D XLR Adapter) from a cursory search, which has a nice look to it (it's single channel, thus the small and elegant design size-wise, relative to the camera base). Something like that would be great for #1. For #2, that'd be a great format (with the dual tripod connectors), but most likely it's going to be a more outboard piece of equipment due to having audio data storage onboard, more connectors, and greater power requirements. Thanks for your kind suggestions!
  23. So, I finally got hold of a Beaulieu 4008 ZM II for a friend's production but despite working perfectly, being pristine, with a crystal clear Schneider Kreuznach 1.8 / 6-66 zoom and even a working rechargeable battery... I DON'T LIKE USING IT! The main problem is that I adore shooting Super 8 handheld and I just don't feel comfortable holding the 4008, as I struggle to get a good grip on the tiny handle. It works like a dream and is nice to operate in many ways but I feel like I'm almost balancing the camera uncomfortably on my hands rather than actually holding it whilst shooting. I know a few fellow Film-makers who adore the 4008 but I literally can't get to grips with it! Should I possibly add a larger grip underneath? Attempt to clutch hold of the camera differently? Or simply consign it to a tripod? Or am I doing something wrong? This beautiful piece of kit doesn't feel as instinctive to use in my own (not that large) hands. :unsure:
  24. Hi, I'm currently a junior studying at NYU. I will be graduating around January 2015 and I am trying to plan for my future afterward. Long term, I'd like to become a cinematographer but I'd like to get there through gaffing because I genuinely enjoy working with lighting. I figure I gotta start getting grip and electric jobs. I am pretty skilled working with most basic to intermediate grip equipment and lights and am able to run power from breaker boxes to distro boxes to lights while adhering to the ring of fire. I'd prefer to join a union as soon as possible in order to get consistent work rather than freelancing too long. I'd love to stay in NYC if possible but it seems pretty difficult to get paying work for legit productions and impossible to get union gripping jobs without being in the union. From what I hear and can tell it is extremely difficult to join Local 52 the NYC gripping union. Alternatively, I could move to LA. Joining Local 728 seems decidedly easier than 52 with lower union dues. Also, from what I hear, it seems much easier to get legitimate production work in LA. Does anyone have advice on how to start gripping in NYC and joining the union? How much easier is it to get work in LA and how difficult is it to join 728? How plausible is it to join 728 soon after film school? Thanks guys.
  25. Hi Guys, This is a bit of a long one I warn you, but I'd really appreciate any advice or suggestions people might have. I've reached a point in my career where I want to focus more purely on lighting and camera, and move away from the various ancillary creative freelancing jobs that have (till now) supplemented my film work. I'm pretty good at what I do now (and perhaps more importantly - I'm good enough) so I want to put together a small lighting and grip package that will allow me to gaffer on projects when I'm not shooting others (and basically just spend more time on sets). Now I am limited by the amount of space I have in the back of my ute (that's a "pickup truck" to my international friends!), but the following package is something I can get away with once I install some custom shelving. In terms of the lighting package my primary goals are speed, precision and control. Any time I can save setting up additional flags/cutters, means more time spent on takes (where it belongs), it's also more efficient - and I like that. Which is why I'm thinking I'd prefer these particular fixtures. The Dedo units offer more control than anything shy of a Leko, so it's easier to get the effects you want with them (having larger 650w units, and a daylight balanced 1.2k HMI version simply extends the scale of what I can do with them - relative to the standard 150w Dedos). I just picked up my first Area 48 Remote Phosphor softlight yesterday after comparing it directly to a Kino Flo Diva 400 (the standard softlight that I'm most confident and familiar with using) and it beats both the light output and colour accuracy of the fluoro unit by a considerable margin (by eye, I'd guess it's got about 1/2-stop more output), and the Area 48 offers the added benefits of being battery operable, lightning fast to switch from daylight to tungsten, and has no colour shift as you dim the unit (so your not having to add +green gels like you often do when you dim a Diva with tungsten tubes - so there's time saved there as well). Now obviously this kit is a fair bit different from the standard small lighting package you get these days - which seem to generally consist of a couple of HMIs, Blondies, Redheads, Tungsten Fresnels, Kino Softlights & a couple of 150w Dedolights. So what I'm most interested to hear, is whether people would actually want to bring in a gaffer with a package like this? I feel pretty confident that I could light everything that I'm used to lighting with a conventional small package, faster and more precisely with this package - but that's irrelevant obviously, if no one wants to hire me with a package they're not familiar with. So what do think guys, is this a solid package? Would you want to work with it? And if not, what would you want to be different and why? This is going to be a substantial investment for me obviously, so any thoughts or suggestions would be much appreciated! Cheers, Mark (items in bold are the things I don't own yet) Lights: 1x 1.2k HMI PAR 1x 1.2k HMI Dedolight 2x 150w HMI Fresnels (capable of 5600k and 3200k, 650w tungsten equivalents) 2x 650w Halogen Dedolights + dimmers 2x 150w Halogen Dedolights 2x Area 48 Remote Phosphor Softlights (capable of 5600k and 3200k - they're Kino Diva 400 alternatives) 3x Z96 Small LED Panels Grip: 5x 40" C-stands + Grip Heads + Grip Arms 6x standard light stands of various sizes 2x 4'x4' Floppies + assorted blacks 2x Gel/Diffusion Kits 4x Umbrellas (white, gold, silver) 1x 2'x3' Digital Juice Flag Kit (nets, silks, black block etc) 1x 6'x6' Overhead Butterfly (with silk, and ultrabounce) 3x 4'x4' Diffusion Frames (216, 250, 251) 3x Scissor Clamps (for ceiling frames) 2x 2'x3' 4-in-1 Reflector Frames 3x Cardellini Clamps 6x Super Clamps 2x Magic Arms 10x Shotbags Power: 1x 3.5kw Portable Generator
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