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Rick Gates

Member Since 25 Jan 2018
Offline Last Active Nov 23 2018 08:36 PM
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LEDs at night on batteries

16 July 2018 - 05:09 PM

We are trying to light a barn in a remote location at night.  Even at over 100 feet, the generator is too loud to allow us do noise-reduction on the dialogue.

 

All our lights are LEDs.  The main 3 lights we want to use are the Aputure 300D (300w), and 2 Aputure Lightstorms (120w each).

 

We are thinking about trying to hook together a couple of deep-cycle batteries with an inverter.  The numbers say that we should be able to power all 3 lights for a few hours.

 

But I thought we should ask the pros before making the purchase.

 

I hate ADR!!!

 

Rick


Hanging lights 4 ft down from ceiling grid

31 May 2018 - 09:30 AM

So I'm planning a shoot where I'll build a speedrail ceiling grid in a tight 7x10 alcove with 10 ft ceilings.  I'm planning on two wall-spreaders/pipe-stretchers, for the 7 ft span, and then 4 cheeseboros to add a couple of 10 ft cross rails.  This should allow me to light the wide shot the way I want.  The talent is seated below.

 

However, when we get to the mediums and the closeups, I'd like to drop a light down behind the talent and get a nice reverse key.  I could probably boom in a light from outside the alcove, though it would be a hassle. 

 

But it occurred to me that if I could just drop a 4 ft piece of speedrail from the ceiling grid, and put a cardellini on the end of that, I could pretty much hang light anywhere I want in the alcove.  (Note: All my lights are LEDs of less than 10 lbs.)

 

My question is about how to attach the vertical 4 ft piece.  My inclination is to use another cheeseboro to hang the 4-ft speedrail.  But would that be safe?

 

Or would it be better to do all the wide shots first, and then bring down the whole ceiling grid for the mediums and closeups?

 

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Hanging fixtures from a goal post

03 April 2018 - 03:25 PM

This is probably a no-brainer for all of you, but I'm running into a problem getting my fixtures to hang straight down from a goal post.

 

As you can see in the pictures below, the stage clamp which started out perfectly vertical, has slipped around the speedrail as I jostled the goal posts raising and lowering them.

 

I've also tried cardellini clamps of various types to no avail.  The speedrail is clamped firmly into the combo stands.

 

So, it's probably obvious, but is there some sort of clamp that will hold a baby pin vertically and not slip around the rail?

 

 

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My First Menace Arm

19 February 2018 - 05:26 PM

Well, I just finished putting together my first menace arm.  I joined two 8 foot pieces of speedrail with fixtures from Barn Door Lighting.  Here's a shot:

 

[img]https://static1.squa...rmat=1500w[/img]

 

It seemed to go well except for one thing.  I had a hard time balancing the rig because no matter how hard I cranked down on the lollipop in the middle, the boom would move slowly up or down on it's own.  I even followed the right-hand rule.  Here's a picture of the ear inserted into the lollipop:

 

[img]https://static1.squa...rmat=2500w[/img]

 

Am I doing this right?


Wall spreader from joined 2x4s?

08 February 2018 - 04:49 PM

Hi,

 

I'm getting the hardware to make wall spreaders out of 2x4s.  But I'm anticipating a problem.

 

The maximum length 2x4 my vehicle can handle is 8 feet.  Is it safe to join a couple of 2x4s to make a longer span for the wall spreader?

 

As I'm not seeing any 2x4 coupling hardware, I'm thinking maybe this just shouldn't be done.


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