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How big is a Lighting Package for a $150,000 feature?


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#1 Justin W. King

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 08:58 AM

How large of a lighting package does a gaffer get for making a $150,000 dollar film, for a 4 week shoot? What is a reasonable amount in a daily, weekly, or per shoot rental, or how large of a rental truck could be reasonably asked for or expected? What size lighting package would you hope to see on such a project?
Thank you for your help and advise.
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#2 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 01:37 PM

It very much depends on the type of film you are making, and what other demands there are on the budget. I would take a guess and say you could expect a 1 or 3 ton grip truck, with some small HMIs, a Kino package and some small Tungsten units. Probably costing around $2500 - $3000 a week.
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 06:14 PM

Thank you; it seems like a reasonable package. I'm sure I could ask for bigger lights for days that we might be shooting larger scenes, if I start off with a package like this. At four weeks that would be less than 10 percent of the budget, which seems practical.
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