Posted 09 November 2006 - 12:30 AM
l'm looking for some advice on mounting Kino Flo 4' banks. I'm shooting a reality/game show in December and I'd like to use Kino 4' banks to lights the living areas and the locations. I've seen a couple of similar shows use Kinos mounted where the wall meets the ceiling but I can't see how they are mounted. I'd also like to leave the rooms in good condition after we leave, the living area and locations have all been generously donated. So screwing the lights to the walls is out of the question. Any advice would help.
Posted 09 November 2006 - 01:29 AM
Posted 09 November 2006 - 08:34 AM
I've also taken kino tubes out the housing and placed them with blu tack, a putty like adhesive, but that probably isn't the way to go here. It's an option though.
Posted 09 November 2006 - 09:40 AM
I agree with Thomas. Wall Spreaders are the tried and true option. I try not to use them on spans greater than 14 feet without screwing them in but that's a personal and general rule of thumb. Wall Spreader sets are available for 2X4 and 2X6 stick lumber and also for Speedrail (1.25 inch Speedrail is most common). There are also Telescoping Speedrail Wall Spreaders available that work similarly to Polecats (aka Auto Poles).
While I am a fan of Polecats I use them sparingly because they are not as reliable as Wall Spreaders. Many of us don't realize that Polecats were designed primarily for vertical, floor to ceiling, installation rather than horizontal, wall to wall, installation. Alex's suggestion of the Polecat is also a good one but only in certain applications.
Both Wall Spreaders and Polecats are easy to use but require knowledgable hands to install. When installed correctly the possibilities are liberating but when installed incorrectly the results can be calamitous.
It's a good thing you have a competent Grip on the job with you to process the details of the installation, survey the location and consider some of the physical requirements of the lighting plot like the number of lights and their weight.
There may even be more options available to you beyond the Wall Spreaders and Polecats that may include joint effort between the Art Department and Grip Department. I know your Grip will have some insight.
I hope this is helpful.
Posted 10 November 2006 - 03:49 AM
Posted 26 November 2006 - 03:44 PM
You can hang duvetyne, or use Blackwrap to create teasers.
Also be sure that you use enough tape. It's not good if poop starts falling down on people's heads, esp during a take. When you tape a Kino tube down, run a piece of tape across the tube and then another piece of tape on each side. This makes an "H" and holds everything down. Do that on each end. If you are paranoid, you can do another in the middle. Same proceedure for the harnesses and head cables.
White Artist's tape can cover over head cables and it tends to look like wall trim, or something when you run it next to a doorframe, or window frame. Just be sure that your tape job is neat.
If you do use wall spreaders, but can't screw them into the wall, you can sometimes use wooden vertical beams to support the span at each end. This requires painting them, or staining them to blend in with the decor. When using wall spreaders, it's best if you can screw, or nail them into the wall and prevent them from "popping out" and falling down. Get permission first and be sure that you can fill and paint the holes so that they are invisible, after the shoot.
Posted 01 December 2006 - 09:18 PM
Since they are only kinos, using polecats are fine as long as they aren't in full extension. I find at full extension, they are very strong.
Posted 01 December 2006 - 10:15 PM
(Obviously Mark Sasahara was cheating - he was working with a professional renovation crew. )