Litepanels Illuminates the Beauty of Madagascar’s Silk Weavers for Linstrom


Last Updated: July 18, 2012 9:12 pm GMT
(Van Nuys, California--July 18, 2012) Filmmaker David Linstrom recently returned from Madagascar, where he shot stunning visuals of the delicate art of silk weaving for a documentary commissioned by the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Key to capturing these works of art were his Litepanels® 1x1 panels and Sola 4 Fresnel fixtures.

“It was an incredible journey,” says Linstrom, who has traveled the world many times over capturing imagery that allows the viewer to visualize the journey. “To bring this beautiful art to life, we had to go to the artists. That meant visiting their homes. Each day we had to travel far from home base, along unpaved roads and to villages without electricity.

“My shooting package was basic; Sony F800 HD camera, Fujinon 4.3x13 HD wide angle lens, Canon 8x20 HD lens, my favorite Sachtler Video 18 tripod, Anton Bauer Dionic batteries – and of course, for far away locations like this, Litepanels LED lights.

“I chose them because I knew there was no AC power and I needed battery-powered lights to supplement the daylight we had,” he explains. “Litepanels are great because they use little power for the amount of throw they produce, have true color, are dimmable and hold their color. And, they are very durable, so they travel well.

“For all of our locations we were using available light coming through the doors and windows, he continues. “I had good exposure for the artists and the room
but, what I really needed to see was the beauty of their work. By augmenting the daylight with the Sola 4 Fresnel, I got just enough extra light to make things like a silk scarf ‘pop’ as the woman’s hands flew over her weaving.

“And, when I was doing interviews, we ran the 1x1 off our Anton Bauer battery pack and it was a perfect key light. I used The Sola 4 for backlight and the Sola ENG for background light.

“I simply wouldn’t go on any locations without Litepanels in my package. They are great products, designed by people who work in the industry, not an engineer who has never struggled on location.”

Linstrom will be returning to Madagascar in August in order to capture more footage for the project. This documentary on folk art will become the pilot for a series that will air on PBS in 2013.

For more information on Litepanels, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, contact Litepanels, Inc., 16152 Saticoy Street, Van Nuys, CA 91406, Email:,


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