Jump to content


Photo

Rigging a spacelight


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 Daniel Wallens

Daniel Wallens
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 214 posts
  • Grip
  • New York City

Posted 10 April 2008 - 04:28 PM

Hi,
We will be shooting in a 2-story hotel room on Sunday, and we will be using a 2k spacelight ("2000w Space Light Package - (2 Head)"). I am going to be rigging it from a menace arm (roughly 14') which will be on a stand (probably low boy crank) on the second story of the room, arming off the balcony and into the center of the main room.

I pretty much have it under control, but is there anything special I should know about the spacelight? There's no official gaffer/electric (besides the DP) on the shoot. What does "2 Head" mean? Is there any preffered/recommended/special/secret way to rig it to the speedrail?

Thanks in advance for any tips :)
  • 0

#2 robert duke

robert duke
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 438 posts
  • Grip
  • southeast USA

Posted 10 April 2008 - 05:11 PM

2 head refers to two 1000w lamps independently controlled.

Use a real menace arm kit with the rope support. Don't use a 20x frame ear. balance the menace arm closely so the crankstand doesn't bind.

The space light is a pretty easy rig. you might want to run two stingers to it for independent control.
  • 0

#3 Jon Rosenbloom

Jon Rosenbloom
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 713 posts
  • Cinematographer

Posted 10 April 2008 - 06:29 PM

14' ?? Maybe use an over-under. Also, you should put in two time-cards for yourself. :)
  • 0

#4 Daniel Wallens

Daniel Wallens
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 214 posts
  • Grip
  • New York City

Posted 12 April 2008 - 11:08 AM

OK, seems pretty straight forward.

Use a real menace arm kit with the rope support.

Of course.


Maybe use an over-under.

Really? (I'm assuming you mean one of the couplers that allows for 2 pieces of speedrail, right?). I mean, I know 14' is a kinda long span, but, for instance, a mole richardson 2K spacelight is only around 15lbs if i remember correctly, and that's with everything on it (skirt). And I think we're just going to be using the silk. I've definitely hung heavier things than that off spans that long (and possibly longer). I will be, of course, ratcheting the points on the menace arm.


Thanks for the replies :)
  • 0

#5 Jon Rosenbloom

Jon Rosenbloom
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 713 posts
  • Cinematographer

Posted 12 April 2008 - 04:55 PM

If the pipe is 14' total, then I wouldn't worry about it. If it's 14' from the fulcrum, I would keep the over-under close by. That's just my preference.
  • 0

#6 Daniel Wallens

Daniel Wallens
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 214 posts
  • Grip
  • New York City

Posted 12 April 2008 - 06:24 PM

well, I ordered a 16' piece of pipe, and honestly, I don't know exactly how far from the fulcrum it's going to be (I haven't seen the location or the needs of the space yet). 14' was just a rough guess, so I'll have to wait and see. Might only end up being 8'. But thanks for the suggestion -- I will tell them to have an over-under standing by.

:)
  • 0


Tai Audio

Aerial Filmworks

Visual Products

Paralinx LLC

Willys Widgets

The Slider

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Technodolly

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Rig Wheels Passport

CineLab

CineTape

Broadcast Solutions Inc

rebotnix Technologies

Ritter Battery

Wooden Camera

FJS International, LLC

Glidecam

Opal

Metropolis Post

Abel Cine

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Tai Audio

The Slider

Willys Widgets

CineLab

Metropolis Post

Ritter Battery

Rig Wheels Passport

FJS International, LLC

CineTape

Technodolly

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Abel Cine

Paralinx LLC

rebotnix Technologies

Wooden Camera

Visual Products

Aerial Filmworks

Opal

Glidecam

Gamma Ray Digital Inc