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Final Days of Deadfall: Giving the Stag Horn Saloon Life, Texture, and Color: KINO FLO

  • April 22, 2011
  • Shane Hurlbut, ASC
Final Days of Deadfall: Giving the Stag Horn Saloon Life, Texture, and Color: KINO FLO
Fragile Dawn and Dusk in Montreal

It is so sad saying goodbye to Montreal.  I love this amazing city.  The crew was the best I have ever worked with and I will miss them all.  Thank you so much to each and every one of you for giving 150%.  “Deadfall” was a challenging film to make, and your positronics attitude combined with a commitment to excellence made it so rewarding. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The last week was a very exciting one; steamy love scenes with Olivia Wilde and Charlie Hunnam, falling in love in a dive bar in upper Michigan, and VFX shots that involved spinning a Lincoln Town Car on a BBQ rotisserie rig.  Check out the little treat below.

Many of you have asked what types of lights I prefer. If there is one light that I use more than any other, and it is a Kino Flo. Call me classic but I am still using the units that started it all.  I know that Frieder Hocheim has made some incredibly powerful and compact Diva lights and ParaBeams that out perform HMI Par lights, but I go for 2′ and 4′ singles.  2′ 4- Banks and 4′ 4-Banks, and Image 80’s.  These are my go-to Kinos that bring my images to life and they are 6 different lights in one.  They are the gag light, the key light, the edge light, the back light, the effects light and the bring the background to life light.  You name it; they deliver it.

When the Director Stefan Ruzowitzky and I discussed the palette of this film, de-saturation was one of the words we used to describe our colors. However, when Charlie and Olivia walked into this upper Michigan dive bar that we called the Stag Horn Saloon, we wanted the colors to pop.  It would be a color oasis in the middle of a white snow covered world.

Olivia and Charlie enjoy a meal at the Stag Horn Saloon. 4′ 4-Bank Kino used to fill Charlie motivated by a light blue neon in the BG

One light came to my mind to be able to deliver this concept and that was Kino Flo’s.  I used all different colored Kinos to motivate beer neon signs, juke boxes and pinball machines that surrounded the perimeter of the bar.

I used the red tubes from Kino Flos to simulate a Budweiser Neon sign at the end of the hall

When it came to lighting bar maids and bottles at the bar, once again there is not another light that can deliver the ease and dimming power of a Kino behind liquor bottles, beer glasses, you name it they make it glow and look fantastic. I lobbed these single Kinos in everywhere.  When it came to lighting Olivia Wilde’s close-up I turned once again to the 4′ 4-Bank Kino to illuminate Olivia’s beautiful aqua eyes.

Once again using the Kino 4′ 4-bank to bask red light onto the pinball machines
Using Kinos dimming ballasts to their advantage behind the liquor bottles. This is a must have feature when working with HD. On film, these bloom beautifully, but on HD, they burn out and look like video, so using the dimming function is absolutely essential to giving your HD footage a filmic look.
I wanted to reflect blue colored light off of Olivia’s sequin dress. Here you see a 4′ 2-Bank unit with blue tubes doing just that

On the ECO/ GREEN side of things, Kino Flo has been leading the march for lower power consumption with higher output since the mid 90’s.  On my first film that I ever photographed, “The Rat Pack,” Kino Flos were there and Frieder was right along side me – building whatever I needed to help me shape, control and color the light.  When I was not happy with the color of his 3200 degree tubes and kept on renting these yellow flo’s from him, he made the 2900 Kino. When I wanted to control the Kinos for a contrasty look  on The Rat Pack, he designed honeycomb crates that clamp onto the font of the Kino so that it only falls on the area you want.  He is such an innovator.  I aspire to be as cutting edge as this man. Take a look at Kino Flo’s line of lights and accessories.  They fit any budget and any story that you want to create.

Saying goodbye images to my crew in Montreal:

Having a blast at the Stag Horn Saloon, mirror balls a spinning
Always ready to jam if there is jamming to be done
Marc Larose, our 1st A.D. This man was amazing. His schedule was brilliant and made my job so much easier with his incredible vision
Our fearless leader Stefan Ruzowitzky, enjoying his green tea. We both loved tea and had tea wars on set – who could drink the most. He held the record of 24 cups, I broke that record on the 7th week and felt very dizzy doing it.

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