Powering Up Your Lights On Set

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  16 Minutes of Instructional Video and Detailed Written Breakdown    –Supplied w/English Subtitles

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  There is a lot to consider when rolling up on the day and setting up the first shot. One of the biggest being your power and light placement! This may sound easy, but it’s one of the easiest things to mess up. Today, Eric Forand, my gaffer of many years, is going to discuss his process and what he does to make sure all the boxes are checked before striking anything…

  • How to create a plan of attack for the day.
  • What to be aware of when laying cable to distribute power.
  • Delegating tasks and getting the team on the same page to get the job done.
  • Establishing the vision of the DP and how the lighting setup will look.
  • Picking the right sources to get the look.
  • How to head and de-head large lights and stands.
  • Understanding set safety and how to avoid any mishaps on the day.
  • Understanding how to layout power properly and effectively.
  • The importance of communicating when dialing in lights.
  • How to work in various environments and stay organized.
  • How to create a plan of attack for the day.
  • What to be aware of when laying cable to distribute power.
  • Delegating tasks and getting the team on the same page to get the job done.
  • Establishing the vision of the DP and how the lighting setup will look.
  • Picking the right sources to get the look.
  • How to head and de-head large lights and stands.
  • Understanding set safety and how to avoid any mishaps on the day.
  • Understanding how to layout power properly and effectively.
  • The importance of communicating when dialing in lights.
  • How to work in various environments and stay organized.

When you roll up to a production, the distro, lights, and equipment won’t be set up for you ready to shoot. It’s the cinematographer and team job to deploy the right tools and dial it in. In this article, Shane Hurlbut, ASC and his gaffer, Eric Forand, are here to discuss how to craft a plan and execute it on the day. From dropping your power to laying cable, to deploying lights… you’re going to get the full rundown on what to consider and how to do it as safely as possible.

REVIEWS:

<<<Scott P>>> I deeply appreciate these lessons and the scale of production. You sure won’t find this depth of knowledge free on the Internet!
<<<Pavel R>>>Great as usual!
<<<Elisha R>>>This is so beautiful!
<<<Brent R>>>I love the extra G&E info here. It’s so important yet frequently overlooked by others. Nice job!
<<<David S>>>This was a good video for me because it served as a good reminder of what I used to do before shooting and what my team has to go through on every job.
<<<Joe C>>>I’m now obsessed. Watched some of Crazy Beautiful and I can safely say that its the only movie I’ve seen Kirsten Dunst look hot in. Great job!…