Friday, March 14, 2014

The Making of "Collection Day": Day 7



On this day we were going to shoot in two locations, a motel lobby and a motel room. We had a lobby location (a converted theatre lobby), but the second location had not been obtained as of that morning. As we were setting up, DP Jarrod Beck asked me, "Where are we shooting this afternoon?" I replied, "When we wrap here, you will all eat lunch and I will go find the motel location."

That's exactly what happened. Seedy motels aren't listed on Google, but I knew of a road near the theatre that had two of them. I went to the first one, rented the largest room they had, and we were in business. It should have been taken care of long before, but like many locations on this shoot (glass office, suburban home), they were found at the very last minute. It this case, it was literally the same day.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Review: Fotodiox LED98A



Obviously, you need light to capture an image. While there are a variety of cheap options, one that may set you back a few bucks, but is extremely useful is an LED light. These are banks of LEDs crammed into a very small package. They offer lots of light, the ability to run on batteries, low-to-no head output, and a small profile.

Fotodiox sent me one of their LED98As to review and I quite like it. I'll admit, at $50 it's not the cheapest option, but what it lacks in low price, it more than makes up for it in quality and accessories (an included case would make it perfect). Check the video for details or my other LED video light review if you're looking for something cheaper.

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