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October 14, 2011 at 3:21 pm #2359
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Tom Barrance

Looking to put together a safe, affordable, manageable simple film lighting setup for school use, so pupils can experiment with hard/soft lighting, high and low key lighting and rim light. I’m thinking in terms of using different sizes of Chinese lanterns, high-power low energy light bulbs, and basic lighting stands. Has anyone done this and can recommend makes/models of bulbs, stands etc?

Also, is anyone using HDSLRs for filmmaking with students? Lots of creative potential, great image quality, but much more awkward to work with than conventional video cameras.

October 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm #2360
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We have two three-panel, colour balanced LED lighting rigs with footswitches, but they’re large, heavy and I’m not wildly impressed with the level of lighting. They are really better for theatrical use.
I have found big, million candlepower, rechargeable flashlights really useful though, especially when used with reflectors – you know, this kind of thing http://amzn.to/j5VyGg.
IKEA also make some very inexpensive standard lamps with a flexible neck http://bit.ly/mMRsMQ which are good for additional general lighting with high-powered low-energy bulbs in. They didn’t respond well to being carted about in my car though…

October 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm #2361
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Tom Barrance

Thanks Tim. I had wondered about the high powered torches, and that IKEA lamp looks good.

I am planning to try some Chinese lanterns as well, so I’ll post my results.

I’ve just been filming in a school using builders’ work lamps – cheap and effective, but hot and dangerous, so I definitely need an alternative.

October 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm #2362
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Nearly had a nasty accident with those things a few years back!

October 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm #2363
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Andy Wallis

This year, some students shot their music video using a Nikon D90 DSLR. The footage as you can imagine was gorgeous, however because we currently only have CS3 (upgrading to CS5.5 this summer!), converting the files proved to be an absolute nightmare for the students and editing was a very slow process because the files ate up so much memory. It’s worth noting that the student who shot the footage was also a photography student. Another group used a Canon 7D to shoot their short film

Again they experienced similar issues whilst using CS3.

I’m a firm believer that top end DSLRs are the way to go for some departments if they want that quality of footage, in comparison to say paying 3 times the amount of money on say a Sony NX5E. And to get to grips with all the controls on a semi-professional video camera is probably a similar learning curve for students to get familiar with an HDSLR.

Cheers

Andy

October 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm #2364
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Andy Wallis

Further to this, have recently ordered two Canon 600Ds for the department. Students are very excited to be working with dslrs as they are looking forward to the freedom and quality that they will provide. Am also very excited about the results they will produce.

October 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm #2394
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Matt Northam

Interesting discussion here.. :)

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