Figure 12.1. Twelve light Maxi Brutes (a PAR group light) and HMI PARs on a bridge for the film I Am Legend. At the far left are Alpha 18K HMIs. (Photo by Michael McDonough).

the tools of lighting


Cinematographers do not need to know all the details of how each piece of lighting equipment works, but it is essential that they know the capabilities and possibilities of each unit, as well as the limitations. A great deal of time can be wasted by using a light or piece of grip equipment that is inappropriate for the job.

Motion picture lights fall into several general categories: HMIs, tungsten Fresnels, tungsten open ...

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