Cree LED Lighting Used in Kickstarter-funded Sci-Fi Movie Appearing on Netflix

Cree LED luminaires were utilized in one of the highest grossing sci-fi Kickstarter projects, Harbinger Down. The movie is about a group of scientists on a crabbing vessel working to track whale migration. The scientists find a mysterious frozen object to which the whales are attracted.

The movie, which hit NetFlix this month, employs Camera 2.5K and Cree LED lighting technology. The high CRI, TW Series LED lights helped create dramatic and realistic scenes. The lights consumed less power and reduced heat emission from lighting.

Cree Luminaires and Lamps used on set of Harbinger Down

Cree Luminaires and Lamps used on set of Harbinger Down — depiction of hallway in a crabbing vessel

“We used the TW Series Cree® LED Bulb on the set of our upcoming film and were so impressed with the drastic improvement in the way colors looked on film—from the actors’ skin tone to the set and props—the color popped much more than other lighting we’ve used before,” said Alec Gillis, Hollywood director of the film Harbinger Down. “With a vibrant light and high CRI, using a bulb Like the TW Series— at home or on the set — improves color accuracy and lets you see colors as they were intended to be seen.”
 

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Cree luminaires and lamps used on set of Harbinger Down

Cree luminaires and lamps used on set of Harbinger Down – depiction of control room of a crabbing vessel

Due to the way LEDs use pulse-width modulation to drive LEDs the producers needed fixtures that wouldn’t cause flicker or strobing, especially when going into different frame rates. The TW Series Cree LED Bulb performed during tests to meet these needs while providing accurate, natural light. The movie also used Lens-light flashlights, which feature Cree LED components.
 
An added benefit of the LED luminaires is that they helped the set stay cool by emitting less heat than traditional technologies. Staying cool was especially important for the actors who were dressed in winter coats and hats.