[Frameworks] LED light kit for film shoots?

Kevin Timmins on-one-2 at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 6 07:05:04 CST 2012

Hi, Guys
I will use them at least twice a month on a shoot for either film or video (depending on what I'm doing). Lately I've been shooting a lot of studio music videos in dark, dingy cramped rooms. It gets a little tricky with hot lights dotted about. With all the musical equipment it becomes kind of a wire maze as well. I had one studio owner get quite angry with me for running the work lights indoors as he said they were a fire hazard. I had to turn them off and it completely ruined my shoot. I also do quite a bit of external work (last week I did a car scene which required a lot of extension cables to the house). I'm covering a film festival in march and there will be interview work there. So I'm looking for an ideal portable light thats safe, robust, flexible light that can run off a battery and I suppose doesn't look too DIY to provoke the concerns of a property owner. I'm basically looking for a well rounded lighting kit that can be used for a number of different applications. 
Renting them isn't so much of an option here in the UK. LED video panels don't seem to be around these parts yet and where I live (in the midlands) isn't really a video/film makers hotspot. I don't think there are any places to rent cameras around here let alone lighting kits. I wish there was and it's a shame there isn't.
Brilliant idea for the post production colour correction. I cannot believe I never though about that! Still though it would be nice to have the original film at the correct temp incase I ever want to show the actual film and not a digitized version. 
And Scott! Thanks for the info and links, quite impressive results! It's a shame these lights are so pricy though. 
Kind RegardsKev  

Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2012 10:02:48 -0500
From: computers.internet at gmail.com
To: frameworks at jonasmekasfilms.com
Subject: Re: [Frameworks] LED light kit for film shoots?

I have one of those Litepanel 1x1 knockoffs, but it's a different brand:http://www.socanland.com/Product.aspx?id=56

Mine is bi-color, so you can dial smoothly from tungsten to daylight balanced light. I runs continuously on a battery for several hours and it's surprisingly bright. However, it does have a green tinge that shows itself more in scenes when it's used as a primary light. Usually I don't notice the color shift as long as it's being used as an accent or backlight, and I'm sure you could fix it with a 1/4 minus green gel on the light (like they have in that Ebay photo).

Below are some frames from raw video footage. The camera's white balance was set to daylight and I was using a 2x1 ft Socanland Litepanel. So twice as bright as the 1x1.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4257037/standard1.pnghttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/4257037/standard2.png (litepanel as a fill light)
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4257037/standard3.png (no litepanel)
Hope that helps!
 <on-one-2 at hotmail.com> wrote:

Hi frameworks, 
I have been greatly utilizing my makeshift DIY lighting kit over the last 2-3 months. It's been great for video work because I can just white balance and then I'm all set to go! I would like to thank those who gave me advise on the DIY kit again! It really has proven useful! 

However I've been asked to use film (not video) indoors and my DIY light kit isn't at the correct colour temperature. I will mostly be working with 100D and Tri-x film and was wondering if these lights would do the job:


I'm looking for a long term investment and LED lights seem to be a good bet as they are cool, light, portable and last a long, long time. I kindly ask you frameworks folks to cast your critical eye over the lights and let me know what you think. It's a lot of money to spend on a kit so I want to be sure they are up to the job!

Kind Regards and as always thanks in advance for the helpful info! Always appreciated!  		 	   		  


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