I was recently listening to one of the ASC podcasts where the presenter asked the cinematographer how he lit a scene.
"Brutes", he said.
The presenter asked him to explain what a "Brute" was so the younger listeners would know and he proceeded to describe the operation of an Arc Lamp.
I always understood Brutes to be these:
The cinematographer on the podcast described these as a "9-light Fay" - Except he (as far as I know) wasn't British. And that confused me greatly.
Type in the words "Brute Lamp" to the internet search, and you get the standard 9K Mole Maxi-Brute. Type in "Brute Arc" and you get arc lamps.
So when does a Brute become an arc lamp and when does it refer to a multi-lamp "fay" type fixture? And how is one to describe the type of lamp one needs if the terminology has become mixed? I never referred to Arc Lamps as "Brutes", and now I'll have to think about the types of lights used by some of my favorite cinematographers when they use words like this.