03.20.2012 12:04 PM
Doc Director Bean Lights Caves with Litepanels MicroPro
VAN NUYS, CA.: Cinematographer Stephen Bean used MicroPro LED camera lights from
Litepanels on his most recent film project, a documentary titled "The Undo
Cave expedition 2011". Bean works at University College Cork (UCC) in
Ireland and is responsible for the ENG/EFP section of the Film Unit there.
Together with an international team of archeology students and scientists from
UCC, Bean traveled to the Republic of Georgia to document the work of archaeologists
in their search for Paleolithic DNA. They were accompanied by three MicroPro
LED camera lights from Litepanels, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company.
"To make filming in the
complete darkness of the cave passages possible at all, we had to rely on
dependable lighting equipment," says Bean. "That's why the MicroPro
camera light by Litepanels was the perfect companion for our project."
The Litepanels light was used in the cave as well as
when filming interviews with the archaeologists in front of the cave. "The
LED light provided the right light no matter what the requirements were: in the
cave as a key light and during the interviews as a fill light, which I adjusted
with color gels," says Bean. The MicroPro provides bright, soft and flicker-free
daylight. With the color gels included in the set-up, the color temperature can
be easily and quickly adjusted to the respective lighting conditions. "The
possibility of powering the lights with a battery belt was especially practical
for us. This way I was able to follow the archaeologists deep into the cave and
didn't have to worry about suddenly standing in the dark with the camera,"
emphasizes Bean. "The MicroPro won me over and clearly made demanding work
easier for me."