Video Lighting Info

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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It is the job of the gaffer (of chief electrician) as well as his or her "electrics" to have all the right video lighting info when it comes time to shoot. Without a proper checklist of equipment and supplies, it's unlikely that everything will show up on set by itself. When there are errors or omissions, the whole production shuts down while a PA scrambles to find a missing bulb or fixture. This is a good way for an electrical department worker to get fired.

The pace of a video shoot can be maddening. Unlike feature films, most videos shoot over the course of a couple of days. It's imperative therefore that every crew member be on his or her game so that the band, singer, or rapper--each of whom is undoubtedly a paragon of patience and understanding--need not wait around. Having showbiz software that lists all of a production's video lighting info in one place is the best way to avoid this potentially disastrous scenario.

Important Video Lighting Info

A gaffer and his or her crew must know everything from the size and weight of each fixture to the capacity of the circuits on which these lights will run. Not only that, the electrical team must consider the size and noise of its generator. If you're shooting in a cramped apartment at night and need a burst of sunshine, you may not necessarily have the control of a studio stage to pull off such a feat. It's incumbent upon you to know where the "jenny" will sit, how many cords you'll need to move the "juice," and what dangers are posed by running cables along a city street or sidewalk.

To get this video lighting info squared away in preproduction, it's helpful to have the right video and film production software. These programs will let you track your supplies as they come in, coordinate your efforts with the grip department, and review the lighting charts you need for exposure and wattage information. Many of these packages also offer quick reminders about safety and usage standards, which can help you avoid a potential emergency should a piece of equipment malfunction.


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