I'm new to indie film-making, just starting last year with an indie feature length. As we build on last year's work with a new project for this summer, I'm curious as to what DPs out there keep in their lighting kits.
In our first project, we shot with a Nikon D800 DSLR and Rokinon Cine lenses. And for light sources, we used Arris as follows -
(1) 150 watt fresnel
(1) 300 watt fresnel
(2) 650 watt fresnel
(1) 1k watt open face
We mostly shot indoors in smaller sets.
For the upcoming project (which will be a similar set environment), the plan is to build/improve somewhat in all areas.
So we replaced the Nikon D800 with a Canon C100 and Atomos Ninja. And we've also added the following lights to the above list: a 1000 watt fresnel and a 2000 watt open face. (Along with scrims, gels and holders, stands and sandbags, and decent strong cases, etc.) The idea is to build a good kit for this new project, and other projects that we'll be doing afterwards. It's about putting together and developing a good, serviceable kit, over a period of time.
So I'm just curious as to what other indie DPs are using or keep on hand, to be ready for the situations they run into - regarding the stuff they own. I realize many rent. In the same sense, if we need a 5k light for a day or two, we'll rent as well. But rather, I'm curious as to what you own and keep on hand.
Thanks !! Dave