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#1 Alexander Disenhof

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 11:50 PM

I'm wondering what kind of lights they used to front-light the Beatles in the attached photo? Obviously they are hard, but just wondering if anyone has any knowledge about what kind of fixtures they were? And also, do you think they were a bunch of hard lights lined up in a row? Or only a few large hard sources so as to reduce the amount of shadows?


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#2 Alexander Disenhof

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 10:54 PM

Anybody? Do you think they had space lights in the studios?

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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 11:09 PM

Probably a lot a lot of skypans, which were popular in studios for a long time. I even recall a few still hanging around.
I'm sure they had a form of coup light up in the ceiling as well, but in truth, this is all just guesswork. I'd also say probably some fresnels in the studio, 5Ks and up...
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Posted 26 May 2010 - 11:18 PM

1500 - 2000 watt scoop lights with spun glass diffusion for fill....probably on pantograph supports from the lighting grid to have a lower angle than the frensel spots and to keep the floor uncluttered for camera movement....2000 to 5000 watt size most common in that era. I remember working at 150 footcandles for overall light level (1965 - 68).
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#5 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 07:04 AM

Fresnel spots on a pantograph lighting grid were popular in British TV studios, as mentioned in the 2k to 5k range for your average studio for your main key lights. From memory, space lights came later in 1960s (first used on "Oliver" ??), but these were film lights rather that than television studio lights.
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#6 John Holland

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 10:50 AM

Fresnel spots on a pantograph lighting grid were popular in British TV studios, as mentioned in the 2k to 5k range for your average studio for your main key lights. From memory, space lights came later in 1960s (first used on "Oliver" ??), but these were film lights rather that than television studio lights.

Yes "Oliver" Ossie Morris first used Space lights on that film . As for this Beatles TV spot it just looks like as said before 2k Scoops , nothing was "lit" then as in looking good or artistic , just light to get an image from the tv cameras and it carried on that way for 30 years !! To many men looking at there vector scopes , i spent ages fighting those numb nuts !!
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#7 Alexander Disenhof

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 10:25 PM

Thanks guys, its interesting to know what they used back then.
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Posted 28 May 2010 - 03:33 AM

Here's a link to info on UK TV studios.

http://www.tvstudioh...bbc studios.htm

More than 2k Scoops were available at the time, but I know the vector scope, fill every shadow approach that many TV lighting people had.
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