Signify (previously called Philips Lighting), reported that its Philips Strand Lighting studio and location fixtures have provided practical and performance benefits to the production of an independent Namibian movie with working title, #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm.
DWR Distribution, Signify’s Entertainment Lighting sales partner in South Africa supplied a range of Philips Strand Lighting’s latest LED instruments to Collective Productions for the filming of the crime thriller. The equipment included LEDhead Daylight fixtures, Studio Panel MkII, 150S, and 300S Softlights.
Philips Strand Fixtures Used in Challenging Settings
Gaffer Hein van Zijl and assistant Tangi Kamukwatange used the fixtures in locations, including close interiors and challenging exterior settings, from roadsides to riverbeds during principal photography in July and August. They appreciated the equipment’s portability, its high-quality light output, its well-designed accessories, and its selectable color temperature presets.
Van Zijl praised the Studio Panel MkII for its compact portability and high quality 5600 K color temperature light output, and about the LEDhead, he said, “The LEDhead unit is useful for interior, or for close-up exterior photography. Its onboard dimmers are user-friendly and its three color temperature options cover our most commonly-used balances. It’s compact, with really good packaging for travel, and the accessories are great – compact, sturdy stands, and excellent diffuser filters and barndoors, which slide in, in seconds.”
He also praised the soft light fixtures, saying, “The 150S and the 300S both give a really good 5600 K light, and are easily portable for their output. The 150S is useful as a soft fill for indoor scenes or closer outdoor set-ups, while the bigger 300S is an excellent fill or key light for even the biggest set-ups, indoors or out, day or night. The menu is really accessible with great features, and the barndoor system is of excellent quality, helping us to reliably shape and guide the light where we need it.”
The #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm, written and directed by Tim Huebschle and produced by David Benade, has a planned release in 2019.
Signify became the name of Philips Lighting as of May 16, 2018. Signify Entertainment Lighting is comprised of the Philips Vari-Lite, Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon brands, as well as the Philips Showline range of LED stage luminaires.