Litepanels 1x1s Shine for French Race Kart Film

May 9, 2011

The narrow curves of the MK Circuit in Scientrier, France, make race kart tires screech. DSLR filmmaker Richard Walch kneels on the edge of the circuit and shoots the action-packed kart film The Racetrack with his Canon EOS 5D MkII. Roaring motors dominate the ambient noise on the set of the Canon Europe shoot. Also in on the action: LED lights from Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand. Four Litepanels 1x1 production lights put a race kart perfectly into focus for the film's making-of documentary.

The Racetrack was produced for Canon to demonstrate that the output from full-HD video-enabled DSLR cameras can be combined seamlessly with HD video cameras in postproduction. German photographer and DSLR filmmaker Richard Walch, who specializes in action shooting, filmed with the Canon XF305 professional video camcorder and EOS 5D MkII DSLR. The film was produced by Manamedia. For the making-of, Walch illuminated a race kart with 1x1 LED lights by Litepanels.

"I set up four Litepanels 1x1 LED lights in the pit in practically no time," reports Walch. "I mounted a 1x1 Standard and a 1x1 Bi-Color flood on the ceiling for basic lighting. The lightweight and ultra-flat construction of the Litepanels was naturally a big advantage. To emphasize details, the 1x1 Spot models are ideal. This is how I accentuated interesting features while illuminating the race kart. The stepless dimming function of the 1x1 lights was extremely helpful, as was the 1x1 Bi-Color's ability to easily change color temperature from cool white daylight to warm white tungsten." Especially practical: The 1x1 Bi-Focus is a spot and a flood all rolled into one. Each Bi-Focus features both flood and spot patented LED which enable the operator to dial in just the illumination desired for a smooth change between both options and thus guarantee absolute lighting control.

"With their technical look, the stylish Litepanels 1x1 fixtures fit perfectly to the set in the pit," says Walch. "The lights even made it into the picture in the making-of." The 1x1 lights' option for battery operation and their heat-free feature also paid off: "This added to our shooting versatility. Lightning-fast changes were no problem in the lighting set-up: I neither tripped over cables lying around on the ground nor burned my hands on the lights."

Walch's conclusion: "While I am always open to new things, I trust the market leader when it comes to a top-quality light. Litepanels not only feature first-class workmanship and deliver perfect soft, direct, and bright light – the different models also offer great variation possibilities."

-- Digital Video

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