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#1 Matthew Parnell

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Posted 19 November 2005 - 07:46 PM

Ok,

I'm shooting a short on MiniDV in a couple weeks with a very limited budget. It's a mixture of indoor and outdoor shooting, I have at least 2x 2400w(im in australia: 240v, 10A) curcuits avaliable at most locations.

Heres what I personally own:
-6x 300w PAR 56 Tungsten Lamps
-2x 500w HomeDepot Style Floods
-1x 250w HomeDepot Style Flood
-2x 100w PAR 38 Floods
-A Whole load of Gels/Filters including CTOs & CTBs
-A few lengths different materials including silks and blacks.

What do I hire, here are my options as I see them (all of these kits are about the same price):

Option One:
-5 in 1 Flexifill 42"
-9 inch WS LCD Field Monitor
-2k Blondie

Option Two:
-2x 500w Heads w/Barndoors
-2x 500w Heads w/Brollies
-2k Blondie
-Flexifill
And use a TV Set from Home as a Field Monitor.

Option Three:
-3x 800w Redhead Kit
-Flexifill
And again use a TV Set from Home as a Field Monitor.

I am unsure as to what i should do.

Cheers
Matt.
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#2 Jon Rosenbloom

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Posted 19 November 2005 - 09:41 PM

What you should do depends largely on what you want to do. That said, if I were to shoot a mini-DV film w/ these constraints, I would go for the monitor, the fill and maybe 2 or 3 inkies. At this level of work, more equipment is just going to mean more equipment for you to move around or sneak into the movie. Just try to work w/ your locations (or impose your will as the DP to get better locations) and have just enough lighting to give the actors a little shape, or illuminate their eyes. The monitor will make life easier for everyone.
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#3 Laurent Andrieux

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Posted 20 November 2005 - 08:01 AM

I second that
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