We live an era of immensely powerful post-production tools with advanced color-correction and software plug-ins to serve every conceivable function. We can routinely remove guy wires from scenes, change day to night, and add just the right amount of coral or other color to fit any desired mood or impulse. Accordingly, some engineers and DITs grow livid at the thought of placing any camera filter over the lens, arguing the practice is no longer warranted or advisable. Why, they say, bake in a look during image capture that can’t be changed later? Besides, they argue, sometimes quite vociferously, the additional glass surfaces placed in a light path can only lower resolution and contrast, and increase flare, which surely no responsible DOP would ever want to introduce in an irreversible way.
Luxli has debuted the Taiko RGBAW light, which offers a raw 15,500 lux with a 250 watt maximum power draw.
PrimeTime Lighting has introduced the MSLED 40 XB2, an updated light with a digital display interface and throw of soft light and shadow.
It’s not controversial to say that film production in London has been booming for a few years, and there’s no real secret as to why: in 2006, Gordon Brown’s government introduced tax incentives that have played at least a part in provoking a doubling of production spend since 2009, and the post-financial crash and post-Brexit-referendum state of the pound has probably helped too. There are all kinds of arguments to be made about whether tax incentives for film production actually represent public funding of private enterprise, and whether they drive a race to the bottom in which various jurisdictions vie with each other to give away the largest amount of potential public money.
Matthews Studio Equipment has announced the Panel Stand, a quick set-up stand that supports panel and balloon-style lighting fixtures, LED monitors, screens, overhead frames and backdrops.
Brightline, a manufacturer of lighting systems, has announced technical support through Zoom for its resellers, integrators and clients of videoconferencing systems.