CHIMERA ADDS A NEW LIGHTBANK TO ITS POP BANK RANGE: [POP] bank Small for Litepanels Astra and other 1×1 Fixtures

Shot by digitalmovie’s filming crew over 2 different explorations back in 2016 and 2017, “The Choice” documentary movie focuses on adventurous Luigi Casati’s exploration of Italy’s deepest cave at Sorgente del Gorgazzo.

In production you always work with various parties and have to deal with loads of different opinions.  It is challenging to stick to your vision because you need to adapt to the clients’ wishes. However collaborating with clients is a big and essential part of every assignment.

Portland Maine Cinematographer Dean Merrill got gorgeous shots with the Panel Lantern in the Cumberland Club video promo.

Cumberland Club is a private social club in Maine that was looking for a promo video. In 8 years of shooting Dean has shot for Sony, Timberland, Ralph Lauren, Cole Hann, Reebok, Hewlett Packard, Vineyard Vines.

The project started when Director Jameson Smith asked Dean Merrill to come see the Cumberland Club one day. While enjoying a lovely old fashion, Jameson asked if Dean wanted to shoot this project with him. They started brainstorming ideas that would fulfill the Club’s needs, and they landed on the concept of following a character’s adventure through the rooms of the Club during a 5 minute break from a meeting.

At Cinegear 2018, Chimera Lighting is proud to launch its new range of Lightbanks: [POP] banks.  These Lightbanks are designed specifically for the newer square and rectangular LED fixtures. [POP] banks do not require a Speed Ring for mounting.

Jodi Jones is an award-winning photographer, producer and creative director. She often has to work with tough deadlines and demanding clients that expect full collections to be shot in one day. Often she handles both still and video shoots together. Getting the perfect light for every shot throughout the day is crucial. “It’s a real challenge to work under pressure on very limited set up time and to shoot such a variety of looks in one day” states Jodi. “I have clients where I shoot 120 different clothing looks in just one day! This requires not only super speed, but a great team, and having a simple solution to create stunning lighting is paramount!” As with her latest Valentino shoot, this is further complicated when taking pictures outdoors from morning to night and dealing with the overpowering sun while keeping a consistent feel throughout. 

Chimera Lighting in partnership with LiteGear is excited to launch its newest product; the Panel Lantern, Powered by LiteGear.

Chimera Lighting is pleased to be introducing a frameless Lightbank and a Lantern for the Cineo Lighting Standard 410

Chimera Lighting is pleased to be introducing a frameless Lightbank and a Lantern for the Litepanels Gemini

At NAB, Chimera Lighting is pleased to be introducing a frameless Lightbank and a lantern for the Fluotec Cinelight 60.

The Lightbank is lightweight, collapsible and handmade in Colorado to Chimera’s high quality standards. The Lightbank uses Chimera standard small size front screens and increases the aperture of the Fluotec Cinelight 60 to 24” x 32” (607 mm x 83 mm). The Lightbank (p/n 1629F) will be sold as a kit, with grid-less front screens in Full and Half, packed in a messenger style kit bag, all weighing less than 2 lbs (0.9 kg).

Ignjat Miletic started cinematography at age 15 shooting skateboarding videos.  Using his uncle’s old camera, with a battery that would die after 3 minutes created a challenge that taught him to plan his shots and think ahead. He quickly progressed into shooting music videos for Dutch music artists that eventually got played on TV. From the beginning of his career Ignjat said “No matter what camera you use, no matter the budget, I taught myself the importance of good lighting. I came to realize that light is the magic touch”.  Now Ignjat looks to create the most interesting frames using the camera and lights of his choosing.

Set during the height of the Cold War in 1962, the Shape of Water applauds and at the same time subverts the classic film genres of science fiction and romance. At times frightening and at other times absolutely heartbreaking, the story updates The Creature from the Black Lagoon for modern audiences through a humorous, tense, and at many times absolutely adorable exploration of the heart, fear, and trust. In a love letter penned by director Guillermo Del Toro and cowriter Vanessa Taylor to the hallmark days of classic American science fiction, Shape of Water follows the silent Sally as she discovers a forbidden love with a creature unlike any she’s ever known.

Driven by endless curiosity and genuine ambition, Matteo Mescalchin works on lighting techniques and image innovation, continuously taking his photography to the next level. At Digital Movie, Matteo personally handcrafts every angle of light. Project requirements and the methods to achieve them begin every job. On this project, safety was critical to ensure that there were no accidents during underwater production.

Nick Martini is an accomplished director and DP. While often involved on productions with his company, Stept Studios, Nick also works as a commercial and documentary director for a variety of production companies and agencies. His work has taken him around the globe. From orbiting waterfalls in Iceland to chasing RAM trucks through the desert. He has told stories featuring the world’s greatest athletes, lifestyles, and brands.

The SkyPanel Lanterns feature beautiful omnidirectional lighting for the popular Arri Skypanels. Chimera Lanterns are recognized for their ease of use and this lantern is no different. These lanterns provide easy control when placing light fixtures overhead. The included skirt easily attaches to enable control over the bean and spill. The skirt can be rolled up or down using the zippers and Velcro on all four sides to vary the beam spread from an omnidirectional source.

A Chimera user since the nineties, cinematographer Charles Papert got his start working in the Los Angeles television industry as Steadicam on the Drew Carey show in 1995. He has worked camera and stabilization for a legacy of modern-day classics like American History X, Office Space, Scrubs, Garfunkel and Oates, and The West Wing, but since 2012, his primary concentration has been head DoP on a number of top notch television episodics and sketch shows, notably the first three seasons of massively successful Comedy Central show Key & Peele. His eye as cinematographer can also be seen on recent seasons of The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, with Rachel Bloom, Mary + Jane, for MTV, and Burning Love, with Michael Ian Black and directors Ken Marino alongside guest’s appearances from several other members of famous skit troupe The State.

A recent project at a nearby boxing studio gave the Australian photographer a chance to go back to the basics, as he employed only a single Chimera OctaPlus 5 foot expandable lightbank, and since has gone on to complete several high impact portraits using only the system as key alongside Chimera Super Pro stripbank as fill.

When I set out to launch my new talk show “MIND & MACHINE: Discussion the Future”, everyone said make it cheap and fast — it’s challenging to sustain a weekly production series as long as necessary to build a successful show online. A complex, cumbersome production will not survive. And on YouTube it’s not necessary — quick and cheap is all that’s expected. This is the viewpoint that experienced web series creators gave me.

Name your favorite adult (or non-alcoholic) beverage and it’s likely that photographer Jens Johnson has captured it. Jens carries the lighting techniques he’s learned as an accomplished stills shooter into motion.

Built as a flexible, electronically-controllable LCD screen that can be utilized with fluorescents or any other cool lights, like LEDs, Zylight’s Active Diffusion panel will affix to gel frames or precisely-sized Chimera softboxes. Available in a variety of dimensions, Active Diffusion is a boon for cinematographers, video professionals and photographers. The adjustable opacity of the Active Diffusion panel eliminates the need for an assistant as operators can instantaneously dial in the diffusion from 0-100% through remote-control handsets. Zylight and Chimera are joining forces on the new technology, with distribution available wherever professional Chimera products are available.

A Brave New World: Feature film, Commercial, and VR cinematographer Andrew Shulkind on the unique demands of lighting for 360 degrees of coverage.

Active Diffusion allows you to control the specularity of your light source. Dailed all the way down, you have a completely specular source with very defined clear shadow detail. Adjusting the power setting on the controller, allows you to slowly soften your shadows or completely eliminate them by choosing the full diffusion setting.

Flashlight Ltd is the UK’s premier supplier of lighting equipment to the broadcast, motion picture and theatre industries. Operating from Manchester & London, they have been satisfying the needs of local and national productions since 2002, and have expanded rapidly now supplying freelancers, productions, studios, and theatres across Europe and beyond.

What drives the passion to become a photographer differs for each person. For New York City based freelance photographer, Kien Quan, it was dance that eventually led him to pick up a camera. But it wasn’t the dance that populates so many sites and blogs these days, of beautiful ballet dancers in classical poses. No, for Quan, it was breaking—a dance form born out of Hip Hop culture and known for its Bboy and Bgirl athletic and physically challenging moves.

Noah Greenberg moved sideways into cinematography through a fateful collaboration in 2008. He began his career more than 20-years ago as a commercial still photographer, shooting portraits for editorial, music and advertising clients.

As an esteemed member of the Australian Cinematographers Society since 2012 and soon thereafter the American Society of Cinematographers in 2014, cinematographer and master lensman Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS, began his remarkable pedigree in filmmaking with documentary and short film work. But it was an American Film Institute win for Best Cinematography on director Tony Krawitz’ feature Jewboy, only five years into his career as DoP, that quickly led to several high profile feature films shot in his native Australia.

Boulder, March 14, 2017

ARRI skies are bright with the new Chimera Lightbank for the ARRI SkyPanel S120. Building on the highly regarded and previously available Chimera Lightbanks for the ARRI SkyPanel S30 and S60 Tech Lightbanks, Chimera has broadened support for ARRI’s professional SkyPanel LED lighting systems to the largest available model in the line, the ARRI Sky Panel S120 Tech Lightbank (model #1649), and the Universal Mounting Brackets (model #1601).

Peter Holland, ACS–His journey from humble beginnings to award winning cinematographer.

Growing up outside of London in a working class family, Peter Holland had no exposure to the film industry or theatre arts. As a student at the East London Comprehensive School, Holland felt that his choices after graduation were either working in the London rubber factory or the dole. “ I saw no point in continuing at school,” he recalls, so he quit at the age of 15 and went to work at what he deemed “ reasonable menial jobs.” Three years later he worked his way through the Mediterranean, returned to London for a few years and then decided to travel the Kangaroo route, which runs from Sydney west to London. “ I was looking for inspiration,” Holland says explaining that at the time, “ I was a little bit rudderless. Nothing I was doing was really fulfilling or exciting and I didn’t see much of a future in it—especially in England.”

Released this last December, the Lionsgate musical La La Land has gone on to gross more than $340 million, eleven times its original budget of $30 million. Securing not only seven Golden Globe wins, one for every single nomination that the film received, La La Land is also currently tied with Titanic for most Academy Award nominations ever, including a nod for Best Cinematography for DoP Linus Sandgren, FSF, as well as Best Actress and Best Actor for stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

“There’s no room for grumpy,” says cinematographer Kris Kachikis in regards to the current state of filmmaking. “There’s no room for jaded.” Though he’s completely abashed at his own success, Kachikis also knows exactly what he is doing, and he works hard, which has helped to cement his reputation in the industry as a DoP capable of reliable coverage and quick rigging with a quick crew. Following up work on the feature-length film Mascots for master director and comedian Christopher Guest, now streaming on Netflix, Kachikis was already working on his follow-up as lead camera on the upcoming Christmas comedy, Why Him?, starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston, before Mascots had even debuted at the TIFF festival in Toronto this last September.

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