Los Angeles-based Fullscreen Studios had a unique challenge when moving into a warehouse space for its new production studios. The warehouse — not designed for studio use — provided less space, could handle less weight and had to use less power than conventional lighting fixtures could provide.
Fullscreen, a company supporting hundreds of content creators, influencers and brands, had to support a variety of video sets in a single warehouse location. The range of sets included a Kingdom Geeks pop-culture talk show with action figures, a dreamy slumber party set and even a podcast stage.
“We transformed a 14,000 square foot warehouse in Playa Vista into a fully supported 4K production facility containing two studios, thirteen stages and working sets featuring original talk, weekly and daily content that service our Fullscreen.com platform,” said Richard A. Pizante, Fullscreen’s excutive in charge of production.
In designing the new facility, lighting became one of the most critical challenges. To handle all of warehouse limitations facing the lighting package, Fullscreen decided to install a full complement of Litepanels LED lighting, including a range of LED Fresnels and panels for the talent and LED color changing lights for the sets.
“We had some very specific weight, power and heat restrictions to consider and Litepanels proved to be the best option due to their design, cost effectiveness and energy efficiency,” said Pizante.
By adding the Astra RJ45 communications module, Fullscreen daisy chained their lights via DMX512 protocol and controlled the brightness and temperature off a dimmer board.
“For this studio, I had to come up with an inventory of stuff that would be really flexible,” said Dan Reed, the lighting designer. “Litepanels was the affordable one, the lightweight one and the one using the least amount of power. And what was really astounding was the Daylight Astra EP has an incredible output for the price point.”
As a result, Fullscreen was able to create thirteen distinct sets with less space and less power output.
Litepanels has both a soft light panel and an entire Fresnel package that work together. “I’m at 5,000 Watts for 100 lights, which is outstanding; that’s four sound stages that have less wattage than what typical studios use to light a green screen for their weather segment,” said Reed.
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