13 Location lighting – little power

As part of the detailed planning necessary for a production a director will undertake a ‘recce’ or survey of possible locations to be used. Rarely will the lighting designer be able to join the recce, so the key questions he or she will need answers to must be included in the director’s check list. Apart from the obviously crucial question of what ambient lighting there is perhaps the most important one is what, if any, additional power is available.

Although it is very helpful to be able to run cameras, recorders, and monitors from mains each of these units can operate quite simply from battery power. Lighting units are power hungry so very often the limitation on lighting design is the lack of adequate power ...

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