The brainchild of experienced grip Michael “Mick” Smith, Mick’s Gripping caters to Australia’s best-known grips, gaffers, and camera operators. Mick and his team have a sweet spot for car commercials – and they’re doing some innovative things with Litepanels’ Gemini Soft LED. Check out this cool example using Gemini 2x1’s “Emergency” effect, with the lights mounted on moving vehicles to simulate “cop lights.
IAn established talent in the Los Angeles indie filmmaking scene, William Hellmuth is a strong believer in how important lighting can be in shaping a story. His unique lighting approach is on full display in his latest feature film, Drive All Night. William says, “My approach to cine-style lighting is typically very minimal. I like to lean into what the environment is already giving me and enhance the natural light – and the Litepanels Gemini 2x1 and Gemini 1x1 are perfect for that.”
The Brute Squad crew built a set with three different rooms, one of which served as the baby’s nursery, and lit the set with a combination of Litepanels’ Gemini Soft 2x1 and 1x1 panels together with Astra 6x LEDs. An important aspect of the shoot was the ability to create beautiful and realistic lighting effects, save them as presets, and then call up the presets instantly via remote DMX control.
“Because of the short timeframe of this shoot, the DMX control was really important. The lights were all mounted on booms or rafters, so we couldn’t go around on a ladder and manually change each light as the scene dictated,” Denver says. “Instead, we were able to program a preset for each room and then just push a button for the lighting scheme with proper color temp and brightness as we moved from room to room. It was a tremendous timesaver for our crew.”
A versatile filmmaker, DP, and producer in his own right, Paul served as gaffer for The Prospect in order to focus solely on the lighting. To craft the film’s aesthetic, he collaborated with cinematographer Ross Turner and directors James Lacy and James Bone on art direction and lighting. Paul notes, “We wanted to show the gritty realism of our lead character’s life growing up in London without many advantages. Gemini 2x1’s ability to dim all the way down below 5% - without any flicker or loss of colour accuracy – saved the day on a really critical and challenging scene.”