CSUN Students Learn Lighting with Litepanels


Last Updated: June 13, 2013 5:12 pm GMT
(Van Nuys, California--June 13, 2013) The students in the Cinema & Television Arts Department at California State University Northridge (CSUN) recently unpacked the newest addition to their lighting package, Litepanels Sola 6 Fresnel units. “They are a great addition to the lighting equipment we offer our students,” says cinematography department head Richard R. Ollis.

Ollis has put the new LED lights to work, demonstrating various lighting set-ups. “We used the Sola 6s with ½ CTO gels for key and fill lights and with ¼ CTB as backlight to emulate moonlight,” he adds. “We also set up a practical candle light dinner scene to demo how they could emulate candle light on subjects sitting opposite each other at a table. The Solas 6s provided a back cross key pattern and low front fill.

“The students quickly began to understand that Litepanels are cool to the touch and heat-free on the talent,” he says. “They saw that scrims aren’t needed because of the Sola 6’s onboard dimming capabilities. And, remote control of spot-flood settings as well as the ability to power with battery packs on location helps them light their projects quickly and safely, so that they can concentrate on capturing good imagery.”

In addition to the Sola 6 Fresnels, CSUN also has a variety of Litepanels fixtures both in their equipment room and in the grids of the school’s in-house studio. “Students can check them out and take them on location, or set them on stands in a variety of set-ups at the school,” Ollis explains. “They have been using a wide variety of the Litepanels for their senior thesis projects, which employ both 35mm film and high definition video.

“I tell the students that they are using state-of-the-art lighting equipment which provides high-level, color-correct and very controllable illumination,” he adds. “Unlike traditional sources, the Litepanels are light in weight, use sophisticated circuitry, including DMX remote control and run significantly cooler in operating temperatures for both crew and talent.”

Richard R. Ollis is no stranger to Litepanels. When he isn’t teaching at CSUN he shoots his own projects. “With Litepanels, of course,” he says. “I often use 1x1 Bi-Color or MicroPro portable, battery-powered fill lights, for inserts and close-ups. And, the MiniPlus units are perfect as soft but directional sources to emulate computer screens in close-quarter practical locations. I’ve recently used all of these on a series of high definition broadcast PSAs done for the FBI and State and Los Angeles County Attorney Generals Offices.”

For more information on products from Litepanels, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, contact Litepanels, Inc., 16152 Saticoy Street, Van Nuys, CA 91406, Email: info@litepanels.com , http://www.litepanels.com

About Litepanels
Litepanels was founded in 2001 by 5 professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy® award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world’s leading broadcast organizations.

Backed by the Vitec Group’s legacy of 100+ years in the broadcast and production industry, Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and Lighting Directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures practically pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. Along with other leading brands in the broadcast and professional videographer industry, Litepanels is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company. For more information on Litepanels, visit http://www.litepanels.com

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

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