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#1 Gregory Earls

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 09:14 PM

Hey folks,

I'm shooting in an working office, and I want to light the actors from above with Par Cans, which are relatively light units. There are neither pipes nor beams in the ceiling, so I would like to screw three wall plates with studs into the ceiling, and hang the Pars from them. However I'm not sure yet if the owner is going to let me drill.

As an alternative, I was thinking about a wall spreader or a Matthpole, and hang the Pars from them with clamps, but the walls are about 23 feet apart, which, I think is too long for either.

What other options do I have, if any?

Thanks!
Greg

Edited by Gregory Earls, 16 September 2012 - 09:16 PM.

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#2 Nicolas Gomez

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 10:25 PM

Work a lot of soft lighting against white reflectors behind the cmaera, that can give you a nice soft fill...

http://www.elsotano.com.co/videos.php
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 11:50 PM

Work a lot of soft lighting against white reflectors behind the cmaera, that can give you a nice soft fill...

http://www.elsotano.com.co/videos.php


How will that help with hanging parcans?
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#4 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 05:45 PM

Hey folks,

I'm shooting in an working office, and I want to light the actors from above with Par Cans, which are relatively light units. There are neither pipes nor beams in the ceiling, so I would like to screw three wall plates with studs into the ceiling, and hang the Pars from them. However I'm not sure yet if the owner is going to let me drill.

As an alternative, I was thinking about a wall spreader or a Matthpole, and hang the Pars from them with clamps, but the walls are about 23 feet apart, which, I think is too long for either.

What other options do I have, if any?

Thanks!
Greg


If your widest shot is not too wide, you could try using a speedrail goalpost to hang lamps from.
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#5 michael best

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 02:31 PM

if your in an office odds say there are ceiling titles so you can try these clamps http://www.filmtools...scisclamw.html. aka scissor clips they can hold a par can with no problem. Then other option is to remove the ceiling titles and see whats above. lots of times there are cross beams or places to mount lights.

Hey folks,

I'm shooting in an working office, and I want to light the actors from above with Par Cans, which are relatively light units. There are neither pipes nor beams in the ceiling, so I would like to screw three wall plates with studs into the ceiling, and hang the Pars from them. However I'm not sure yet if the owner is going to let me drill.

As an alternative, I was thinking about a wall spreader or a Matthpole, and hang the Pars from them with clamps, but the walls are about 23 feet apart, which, I think is too long for either.

What other options do I have, if any?

Thanks!
Greg


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#6 Gregory Earls

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 08:16 PM

Thanks, folks! I actually ended up getting permission to drill into the ceiling. Here's a look at the set up...

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Hope you folks dig it.

Peace,
G.

Hey folks,

I'm shooting in an working office, and I want to light the actors from above with Par Cans, which are relatively light units. There are neither pipes nor beams in the ceiling, so I would like to screw three wall plates with studs into the ceiling, and hang the Pars from them. However I'm not sure yet if the owner is going to let me drill.

As an alternative, I was thinking about a wall spreader or a Matthpole, and hang the Pars from them with clamps, but the walls are about 23 feet apart, which, I think is too long for either.

What other options do I have, if any?

Thanks!
Greg


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#7 Chase DuBose

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:34 PM

Greg, you killed it!


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#8 Gregory Earls

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 06:23 PM

Chase. Thanks!!!  :)


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#9 Paul Bartok

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 11:10 PM

Nice work!


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#10 Gregory Earls

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 11:19 PM

Thanks so much, Paul! Now I have to finish it. Lots o' work.


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