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An in Depth Look at a Few of the Films that Utilized LiteGear Products

Cinematographer Jomo Fray Discusses his Lighting Approach in Emergency

Emergencycenters around a group of young Black and Latino friends thrown into a compromising situation, and carefully weigh the pros and cons of calling the police. “We wanted to go dark and rely primarily on artificial lighting sources,” says Fray. He adds, “For this piece I was more interested in lighting spaces and creating opportunities for the actors to dip in and out of the light. Marginality and playing within those lines is a major theme of the film and I was really interested in the texture these moments between light and dark gave us. Towards that goal, the LiteMats became such an important tool! We were able to tuck them away and build them into the environment to help create these natural sculpted pockets of light for the actors to dance within.”

Gaffer Manny Tapia Discusses his Lighting Approach in A-Boy-A-Girl-A-Dream

A-Boy-A-Girl-A-Dreamfollows Cass (Omari Hardwick), an LA club promoter, who meets Frida (Meagan Good) on the night of the 2016 presidential election. Their chemistry is undeniable. They push each other to revisit their dreams and follow through with them. “We used hybrid LiteSticks and LiteRibbon all throughout this movie,” says Tapia. His crew also used a sizable amount of LiteRibbonfor the catering truck interior shots, inside of the minivan (hidden behind the headrests), as well as living room and club interior shots. Tapia adds, “We used hybrid LiteRibbon in the exterior patio of the election house to ring the lip of the guard rail, and used Chroma RGBA LiteRibbon to ring the glass in the diner interior.” Tapia’s go-to light for this film would be a custom 60 X6 Hybrid octagonal soft light. (pictured above). This is the first of two Sundance films Tapia gaffed.

Gaffer Manny Tapia Discusses his Lighting Approach in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

After getting into a serious accident when he was younger, Portland native John Callahan (Joaquín Phoenix) enters a rehab facility to conquer his drinking addiction. In Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Tapia’s go-to light was the 4×4 LiteBox. He notes, “We used 4×4 LiteBoxes in the bar, hospital and in the rehab Center.” Tapia also utilized LiteMats, as well as a custom LiteRibbon ring light (pictured above) for a few of the hospital and rehab sequences.

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival kicks off Friday, January 19th.

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