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Litegear LItemat advises

cleverson cassanelli
 

i was search about Phanton Thread cause i want to understand why so flair, smoke and flair in the blacks(low light) as well.
first i discovered that Paul Thomas Anderson decided not to hire a DP for the film.
after i discovered they used lot of Litemat's panels's for night and day scenes. i found good pictures of the panels in use.
at this time i didnt know Litegear panels, neither this kind of panel to lit a feature film. i just knew about skypanel, kinoflo as a reliable
lights for the industrie.

so, my question is about the quality in terms of Lux output, CRI, durability, etc.
has any one used this panel's to give some advises to buy or not to buy?

thanks a lot

Cleverson Cassanelli
DP/Sao Paulo/Brasil

 

This is good…..perhaps no relation to your questions

On 15 Apr 2018, at 19:17, cleverson cassanelli <ccassanelli@...> wrote:

i was search about Phanton Thread cause i want to understand why so flair, smoke and flair in the blacks(low light) as well.
first i discovered that Paul Thomas Anderson decided not to hire a DP for the film.
after i discovered they used lot of Litemat's panels's for night and day scenes. i found good pictures of the panels in use.
at this time i didnt know Litegear panels, neither this kind of panel to lit a feature film. i just knew about skypanel, kinoflo as a reliable
lights for the industrie.

so, my question is about the quality in terms of Lux output, CRI, durability, etc.
has any one used this panel's to give some advises to buy or not to buy?

thanks a lot

Cleverson Cassanelli
DP/Sao Paulo/Brasil

cleverson cassanelli
 

thanks.
i already finded this stock test video...

i am in contact with sales department from Litegear (7 emails and still nothing about where i can buy and test this panels, it seens like i talking with robot)
so, if anyone could tell me if its a good light, if worth the buy, etc

i liked Litemat 4 cause can use Vmount, seens to have good output, good to travel, good to hang in any situation, like kitchens, offices, etc.
bicolor, and with honeycomb it seens very soft light

i planing this trip to LA or NY next month to buy a set of led light to work

at now i almost decided to buy 01 head of SOLA 6+ and 01 LItemat 4 with honeycomb
a 5k dollars kit

Cleverson Cassanelli
DP/Sao Paulo/Brasil


2018-04-16 9:13 GMT-03:00 Stephen Perera <anthonystephenperera@...>:

This is good…..perhaps no relation to your questions

On 15 Apr 2018, at 19:17, cleverson cassanelli <ccassanelli@...> wrote:

i was search about Phanton Thread cause i want to understand why so flair, smoke and flair in the blacks(low light) as well.
first i discovered that Paul Thomas Anderson decided not to hire a DP for the film.
after i discovered they used lot of Litemat's panels's for night and day scenes. i found good pictures of the panels in use.
at this time i didnt know Litegear panels, neither this kind of panel to lit a feature film. i just knew about skypanel, kinoflo as a reliable
lights for the industrie.

so, my question is about the quality in terms of Lux output, CRI, durability, etc.
has any one used this panel's to give some advises to buy or not to buy?

thanks a lot

Cleverson Cassanelli
DP/Sao Paulo/Brasil




--
Cleverson Cassanelli

diretor de fotografia
11 96635 0917
São Paulo

Ted Hayash
 

Litegear is the product of years of development by some of the most brilliant minds working in the motion picture industry and as such, the LiteMat has become nearly ubiquitous on sets here in Los Angeles - it’s lightweight, versatile, relatively inexpensive, high quality color, etc. Super soft, controllable to an extent with the grid. There are new versions that aren’t on the website yet that have more professional twist lock connectors as opposed to the older phoenix connector. But there are advantages to the phoenix connector too, as it’s easy to modify/manipulate/repair and is compatible with most of the existing Litegear dimmers. 

If you’re not getting a quality response via email, its likely that the office was empty as practically every manufacturer in the world (including Litegear) spent last week in Las Vegas at the NAB show.

And, no I don’t work for them or have any financial interest, but I do own the product. 

Director of Photography
Back in Los Angeles after Las Vegas and Portland last week
818-653-5786 mobile

On Apr 16, 2018, at 9:24 AM, cleverson cassanelli <ccassanelli@...> wrote:

thanks.
i already finded this stock test video...

i am in contact with sales department from Litegear (7 emails and still nothing about where i can buy and test this panels, it seens like i talking with robot)
so, if anyone could tell me if its a good light, if worth the buy, etc

i liked Litemat 4 cause can use Vmount, seens to have good output, good to travel, good to hang in any situation, like kitchens, offices, etc.
bicolor, and with honeycomb it seens very soft light

i planing this trip to LA or NY next month to buy a set of led light to work

at now i almost decided to buy 01 head of SOLA 6+ and 01 LItemat 4 with honeycomb
a 5k dollars kit

Cleverson Cassanelli
DP/Sao Paulo/Brasil


2018-04-16 9:13 GMT-03:00 Stephen Perera <anthonystephenperera@...>:
This is good…..perhaps no relation to your questions

On 15 Apr 2018, at 19:17, cleverson cassanelli <ccassanelli@...> wrote:

i was search about Phanton Thread cause i want to understand why so flair, smoke and flair in the blacks(low light) as well.
first i discovered that Paul Thomas Anderson decided not to hire a DP for the film.
after i discovered they used lot of Litemat's panels's for night and day scenes. i found good pictures of the panels in use.
at this time i didnt know Litegear panels, neither this kind of panel to lit a feature film. i just knew about skypanel, kinoflo as a reliable
lights for the industrie.

so, my question is about the quality in terms of Lux output, CRI, durability, etc.
has any one used this panel's to give some advises to buy or not to buy?

thanks a lot

Cleverson Cassanelli
DP/Sao Paulo/Brasil






-- 
Cleverson Cassanelli

diretor de fotografia
11 96635 0917
São Paulo

Phil Badger
 

They’re great lights for many things. They are extremely light weight, very easy to rig, and create a very beautiful soft light. They make a fantastic fill or eye light.

Just don’t expect them to be that bright. They’re not that punchy.

And the cables and connectors are a pain in the butt. But they’re quite light weight as well, which is nice.

They’re a great tool to have.

Phil Badger
Gaffer currently in Portland OR

JC Cocker
 

I personally own the LiteMat 4 and have had it for 3 years and I use it for nearly every situation.  I do find it cumbersome to carry around and a seriously considering the LiteTile 4 to save space during transport. 
Below is what I heard someone say they found easy to travel with.

One LITEGEAR user posted:
"I travel with 
- 2- Litemat 2L's
- 2- Litemat 1's
- 2- LiteTile+ PLUS 4 
In a pelican gun case. I touch down grab some c stands and I'm shooting that easy. I have the p-tap adapters and have never had any issue with them."

I really liked this kit idea for travel.

JC Cocker
Gaffer/Little Rock/Arkansas

Antonio Rossi's Earthlink
 

I’m a fan of Litemats. The color is great and it’s a lot of output in a lightweight package that can be rigged or extended easily on a boom arm. The size makes them a little awkward for travel, and I would worry about them getting chewed up in that soft case. I also think the connectors and cables are vulnerable to damage and they often need to be reconnected. If I were designing this light, I would give it the ability to fold in half for easier travel in a hard case and I would make the cables and hardware more robust. But a beautiful light. 

Cheers,

--
Antonio Rossi, DP
New York, NY


so, if anyone could tell me if its a good light, if worth the buy, etc
_._,_._,_

JC Cocker
 

Litegear offers a LiteMat + PLUS version of all their LiteMat models that features locking power conectors that solves the most common complaints about their earlier fixtures. 
Litegear LiteTile offers a folding functionality allowing you to collapse it down to the footprint of their LiteMat 1. Great for travel.

JC COCKER/ GAFFER/ LITTLE ROCK, AR

On Mon, Apr 16, 2018, 9:20 PM Antonio Rossi's Earthlink <amrossi@...> wrote:
I’m a fan of Litemats. The color is great and it’s a lot of output in a lightweight package that can be rigged or extended easily on a boom arm. The size makes them a little awkward for travel, and I would worry about them getting chewed up in that soft case. I also think the connectors and cables are vulnerable to damage and they often need to be reconnected. If I were designing this light, I would give it the ability to fold in half for easier travel in a hard case and I would make the cables and hardware more robust. But a beautiful light. 

Cheers,

--
Antonio Rossi, DP
New York, NY


so, if anyone could tell me if its a good light, if worth the buy, etc

Zack Richard
 

This one looks fantastic really want to pull the trigger on one, a little pricey but very versatile and light 8lbs. 

https://www.hudsonspider.com/


Best,

Zack

___________


Zack Richard
Director | DP


On Apr 16, 2018, at 10:41 PM, JC Cocker <cockerjc@...> wrote:

Litegear offers a LiteMat + PLUS version of all their LiteMat models that features locking power conectors that solves the most common complaints about their earlier fixtures. 
Litegear LiteTile offers a folding functionality allowing you to collapse it down to the footprint of their LiteMat 1. Great for travel.

JC COCKER/ GAFFER/ LITTLE ROCK, AR

On Mon, Apr 16, 2018, 9:20 PM Antonio Rossi's Earthlink <amrossi@...> wrote:
I’m a fan of Litemats. The color is great and it’s a lot of output in a lightweight package that can be rigged or extended easily on a boom arm. The size makes them a little awkward for travel, and I would worry about them getting chewed up in that soft case. I also think the connectors and cables are vulnerable to damage and they often need to be reconnected. If I were designing this light, I would give it the ability to fold in half for easier travel in a hard case and I would make the cables and hardware more robust. But a beautiful light. 

Cheers,

--
Antonio Rossi, DP
New York, NY


so, if anyone could tell me if its a good light, if worth the buy, etc

Glenn Lee Dicus
 

I would add, the Plus series LiteMat gives you about 1 1/2 more stops of light.

With regards to the Lite Tile, while it may be more robust, you are dealing with a bit more weight. I am not sure of all he available dimensions, but the Lite Tile I am aware of comes in 2'x8’ configurations, foldable to 1’x2’ x ~ 5 inches. Four of these, each with its own DMX capeble power supply, is often used to build an 8’x8’ overhead soft Light source.

Glenn Lee Dicus
LA based Loader who also worked in a G&E shop to keep the lights on.

Doug Shannon
 

Also:
- The newest version, the LiteMat plus, is a lot brighter than the original LiteMat.
- LiteGear’s dimmers work very well.
- The original LiteMat is 12V and can run on battery. I often use a LiteMat 1 as handheld fill light with a small 12V battery. The new LiteMat plus are 24V, I haven’t seen a battery solution for that yet. 

Note that the original dimmers work with either 12V or 24V.
-------------------
Doug Shannon
Gaffer - NYC
917-617-9471

starklighting@...
 

Hello I might be able to help here.
I worked on Phantom Thread so think i can offer some insight into this.  I also am one of the founders of LiteGear so I can speak to that also.

Paul Thomas Anderson had a specific look in mind which was achieved through low contrast filters, smoke and a bespoke collection of lenses that we did extensive testing on. The entire film was also pushed 1 stop.  We probably did about 6 or so camera tests before we started the film to find a look that Paul was happy with.

Most of the lighting on the film was using LiteMat, LiteTile and Skypanel.  This was primarily due to location limitations.  Incandescent wasn't an option due to space limitations and also due to the historic nature of the locations we were in, heat was not a welcome element.  So in most of these spaces using LED sources was the only practical option.  

Regarding any of the LiteGear product, if you are coming to LA please stop by our facility and check out the entire product family.

Best
mike bauman

Nick Shapley - LCA
 

No mention of Lighting Cameraman! 😳😳😳


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On 18 Apr 2018, at 04:47, "starklighting@..." <starklighting@...> wrote:

Hello I might be able to help here.
I worked on Phantom Thread so think i can offer some insight into this.  I also am one of the founders of LiteGear so I can speak to that also.

Paul Thomas Anderson had a specific look in mind which was achieved through low contrast filters, smoke and a bespoke collection of lenses that we did extensive testing on. The entire film was also pushed 1 stop.  We probably did about 6 or so camera tests before we started the film to find a look that Paul was happy with.

Most of the lighting on the film was using LiteMat, LiteTile and Skypanel.  This was primarily due to location limitations.  Incandescent wasn't an option due to space limitations and also due to the historic nature of the locations we were in, heat was not a welcome element.  So in most of these spaces using LED sources was the only practical option.  

Regarding any of the LiteGear product, if you are coming to LA please stop by our facility and check out the entire product family.

Best
mike bauman

cleverson cassanelli
 

thanks everybody for clarifying me about this issue

Mike Bauman,
for sure i will to LA and will stop by your facility (in btween next 15 days will do this trip)
reading your interviews about the lightning in Phantom Thread i start to figure out
that i need this panels to my work too.
specialy this time in Brasil we start to pay for extra weight in airports.
its complicated to travel with stands, camera, lens, and heavy lights
and this year will have election for president. it means lots of airports to go

Cleverson Cassanelli
DP/Sao Paulo/Brasil

2018-04-18 5:40 GMT-03:00 Nick Shapley - LCA <nshapley@...>:

No mention of Lighting Cameraman! 😳😳😳


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LCA Lights Camera Action Ltd

Unit 14
Fairway Drive
Greenford
Middlesex UB6 8PW
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Mobile : +447771 662 298
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www.lcauk.com
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On 18 Apr 2018, at 04:47, "starklighting@..." <starklighting@...> wrote:

Hello I might be able to help here.
I worked on Phantom Thread so think i can offer some insight into this.  I also am one of the founders of LiteGear so I can speak to that also.

Paul Thomas Anderson had a specific look in mind which was achieved through low contrast filters, smoke and a bespoke collection of lenses that we did extensive testing on. The entire film was also pushed 1 stop.  We probably did about 6 or so camera tests before we started the film to find a look that Paul was happy with.

Most of the lighting on the film was using LiteMat, LiteTile and Skypanel.  This was primarily due to location limitations.  Incandescent wasn't an option due to space limitations and also due to the historic nature of the locations we were in, heat was not a welcome element.  So in most of these spaces using LED sources was the only practical option.  

Regarding any of the LiteGear product, if you are coming to LA please stop by our facility and check out the entire product family.

Best
mike bauman




--
Cleverson Cassanelli

diretor de fotografia
11 96635 0917
São Paulo

Jen White
 


On Apr 18, 2018, at 1:40 AM, Nick Shapley - LCA <nshapley@...> wrote:

No mention of Lighting Cameraman! 😳😳😳


Well, you weren’t sitting next to me when the credits rolled. Having nothing but respect for both Bauman and PTA, that was a very tough pill to swallow. I believe I said “What the actual f**k?” rather loudly in the DGA Theater. 

Jen White
DP/LA

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