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#1 Micah Fernandez

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 11:39 PM

I've never done interviews before. I have a choice between a Lowel 3 piece kit and the good ol' 1k fresnels. Lowel kit costs twice as much to rent. Given budget as the most pressing concern, what should I use?
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#2 Bob Hayes

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 12:30 AM

You say good old 1k fresnels but didn?t say which ones. Arri kit, Mole? My initial reaction would be to go with the Lowel kit. It is designed for easy transport and easy set-up.
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#3 Micah Fernandez

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 12:41 AM

Sorry, I thought I did. Yes, Arris. :)
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Posted 12 July 2006 - 01:20 AM

Arris tend to be a more robust light. I have an Arri Soft light kit 1open faced 1k, 3 fresnel 650, 1 350 fresnel, and chimeras. Works great!
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#5 Michael McIntyre

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 03:01 AM

I might have to go w/ Bob's initial Lowel suggestion for ease of set-up & transport. Don't get me wrong. I love an Arri kit any day but if you've 'never done an interview before', the Lowel's might be more your speed.

Could be the kit costs more to rent (at 1st glance) because Lowel kits are usually all-inclusive with stands, scrims, barndoors, gels, reflector umbreallas, etc. These are items that could get tacked on a la carte to an Arri set-up.

I don't mean to mislead if this is off-base for others' markets. That's just how some outfits operate their Arri / grip rentals here.
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