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#1 Chad Delude

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 08:16 PM

Ok, I am looking for some imput on what "you" would like to see in
mobile lighting. A little time ago, I was putting together a project and
needed some mobile lighting. A well-known company in the biz is who I
turned to, I will leave them nameless but people should know the
5-lettered business name. I found them a bit pricey for a 9, 6k lighting truck,
but that wasn't my only issue. It was very difficult working with them
and I was not happy with the experience in general. Now that my project
is finished I am starting another venture and I am looking into
constructing mobile light company. I think I can design something cheaper to
rent, able to have your own crew operate and have the same flexiblilty
as something twice its size. My question to you is what is important to
you. I think the combination of 9, 6k lights is most effective in most
aplications, but I want to hear all your thoughts. I may also be
looking to hire a technical adviser for my project. Please send all question
and comments my way. Thank you for your time.
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#2 Gaffer

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 06:28 AM

I would always encourage anyone with a sense of adventure.
1st what knowledge have you too put a unit together.
2nd do your crew have an electrical knowledge + the required qualifications.
3rd a safe working knowledge of ventilation the ability to work out the loadings too work safely in or on locations with generators within premises. (industrial, schools, hospitals,etc).

These may seem basic questions but overload a circuit in a hospital.
Whats the worst that could happen.
Knock out a circuit that trips a breaker, that controls a incubator, a life support machine, or just turns a light out while staff operating.
Yes the premises have backup gennies that cut in when the power fails.(but not everywhere)

Try and stick too what you can do.
It takes years to become a good electrician thats before you enter the film industry.

This may seem a harsh reply.
If you find a gaffer check the people he has worked with, its only a phone call do not rely on companies that supply equipment, this is sometimes a bad way to go.

Having worked in the industry quite a while. I have seen people that have put there name on a CV when they totally F*^%ed the job up.

Always get more than one recommendation if you are not sure.

Always discuss aspects of the job what Extras that are not included in the price of your project intended finish time.

Once you have built you unit if you do?
You now have to maintain it.keep it too a standard.
if anything goes wrong its yours no insurance claim for loss of a shooting day.
Good luck if you do.

Advice is stick too people that do it for a living.
When you find a good Gaffer he will look after its his living.
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#3 Kevin Zanit

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 07:41 PM

Gaffer - You need to go to "My Controls" and set your display name to your real name per the forum rules. If you don't, your accountant will be removed. Thanks.
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#4 marciano

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 09:48 AM

I am a licensed electrician looking for employment in the mobile film sector. I am a hard worker and have always had
passion for film. I had studied part time at York for Film and am a Bolex EBM user.
If i can help for anything please contact me at:

4167450460
tooadvancedelectric@rogers.com

I am Marciano :rolleyes:

Thank you.

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#5 Andrew Koch

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 10:25 AM

Marciano, please go to "My Controls" and change your username to your first AND last name. This is a requirement of the forum and Kevin just pointed this out to another poster on this thread. 2nd, I also work as an electrician and I know that it can be tough finding work and it is important to get your name out there. However, this thread is about someone designing their own lighting truck, not about hiring. It is important to stick with the topics, otherwise the forum will become too hard to find information (for example, you wouldn't want to see camera loading questions in the gripping section, etc...) Your post would probably be more appropriate in the JOBS, RESUMES, and REELS section of this forum.
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#6 David Rakoczy

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 11:40 AM

Chad,

Include your 'Location' in your signature. This will help you tremendously in any posting.

Are you talking about 'Lights' or a 'Truck'??
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