Above: Director of Photography, Bryant Fisher (behind camera) on set of Little Leading Ladies. Image courtesy of Adorama Rentals.
Bryant Fisher was hired as the Director of Photography for the Little Leading Ladies video. I was able to speak with him, as well as Gaffer and Director of Operations at ARC, Jerred Sanusi, with regard to their experiences during pre-production and on the set of Little Leading Ladies.
ARC: Little Leading Ladies was shot on the Sony F55, what made you choose that camera for this project?
ARC: Can you give us a run down of the lighting changes you made to Bryant’s equipment list?
Jerred: Bryant provided me with a lighting list during pre-production which consisted of primarily tungsten and Kino fixtures. I took the list and gave it a modern twist. I replaced all the lights suggested by Bryant with modern LED lights. The majority of which were recently released items. The list Bryant provided was a solid list so coming up with their LED equivalent was an easy task.
My edited list:
4- Kino Celeb
1- Cineo HS
1- Cineo LS
2- Mole 100 LED
1- Mole 150 LED
1- 18×24 sandwich kits
1- 24×36 sandwich kits
1- 4×4 sandwich kits
4- 40″ C-stand
2- 20″ C-stand
5- 50′ Stinger
5- 25′ Stinger
I switched out the Kino Divas for Kino Celebs, the Mole Tungsten lights for Mole LEDs. I also included the Cineo LEDs as our powerhouse lights.
Why did you make those changes?
I chose to go with the Kino Celeb over the Divas and 1x1s because they have the same light characteristics as the Diva. The celebs create a nice soft single source light which is far better than the multiple source Light of the 1×1.
Mole had recently released their LED line and Adorama had, of course, acquired them to their inventory. I wanted to take these LEDs out for a spin. I replaced our 300 tungsten with the 150 and 100 Mole LED. The 100 has a light output equivalent to a 650 tungsten and the 150 has an output equivalent close to a 1k tungsten fixture. The Cineos were added to be used as a powerful soft light, in case we needed a bright, broad source of light.
Mole LED in action on the set of Little Leading Ladies.
How do you feel it benefited the production process in the end?
The two main benefits of going with LEDs are the low power consumption and low heat of the fixtures. This allowed us to use as little power as possible in places like a school room and to keep temperatures down in a small studio where we were limited to running the air conditioning in between takes. The Cineo came in handy as a fill in most scenes. It faired well outdoors as a fill and indoors as a key. All of the LEDs we used have high CRIs which allowed them to seamlessly blend together. I was not an advocate for LED lights prior to this project but this was the first shoot I did completely with LEDs and I would have to say it made me a fan.
Please join us Thursday when the series continues with interviews with Little Leading Ladies Production Designer Deborah Zawol Smyth and Makeup Artist Jennifer Snowdon.
Catch up on Monday’s post Interview with Little Leading Ladies Writer/Director Aubrey Smyth and Tuesday’s post Making of a PSA: Interview with Casting Director Jessica Daniels.