I may be DP'ing my first feature this summer (yay?) on an hvx200, and I am trying to get a 1.2k HMI because most of the film takes place at night, frequently outside...but the producer wants to use a kit that maxes out at 1k (tungsten) and I'd want to put CTB over that and that isn't enough light for the 250ISO hvx, especially when slow motion will be involved! (Apparently, the producer doesn't really want any lighting, which upsets me...so this would be the best I could do!)
So I have a chance to buy (and I'd use it for "personal" reasons later) a par or a fresnel for myself for pretty cheap, but the frensel is much cheaper than the par. My "personal" use would be as a key light for night scenes, as a soft fill for day interiors, and (in particular) as a backlight/keylight for day exteriors (CTO 1/4 because I love warmth, and a muslin butterfly over the talent...this would be for close ups only!)
I need a light (1.2k max due to edison...) for night exterior key (motivation: moon), bouncing for soft fill (although chances are I'll use kinoflos for this), and to shape light during the day (but only in close up, of course). Would the fresnel be good for me, or would the more versatile and efficient lenses that a par can offer be much better? The spotlight par would probably rock during the day for fill...my inkies are no more powerful than 75w par I bought at home depot...
Anyhow, thanks as always for the help. This is a tough call since I think I need this light (and rental is not an option; too expensive for these long shoots) badly, but when I told my dad I was going to spend 1/3 of my savings on a light he flipped out. :-<
Edited by Matthew Wauhkonen, 25 June 2007 - 08:22 PM.