A Tale of 2 C-Stands, 4 Sandbags, and the Truth.
Today we address the question of equipment.
A tale of how the genius of Mark Solter allowed us to make a movie with two C-Stands and four Sandbags.
As many of you are aware off is the colossal amount of equipment necessary to make a 30 second commercial never mind a full blown Feature. The large HMI lights, the 10 Ton Equipment Trucks, the Grip Truck, blah, blah. And yet on our Epic Homage to Bad Dancing we had not as much as a Push bike armed with equipment.
Now you could ask, was this an Asiatic choice? An Anti Equipment Dogma Manifesto to use only the bare minimum? A tribute to natural light, taking Gordon Willis approach to Cinematography to the next level?
We would love to agree with any of the above suggestions yet the simple truth was this. We had No Money! Equipment was what we had, not what we wanted or needed for that matter.
The lights were a Lowell 1000k kit; Shane Finnertys light kit, some bits and pieces, and some reflectors. The Camera was a Canon X1 with a Zoom and a Wide Angle lens. No Dolly, a tripod that didn’t balance correctly and a shopping cart for a dolly.
With this measly offering of Lights, Mark had to create Movie Magic. Every day he had to figure out a way to light a dark cave with the equivalent of a wet box of matches.
To make matters messier, the Director/Writer decided he needed some Green Screen footage. In order to make this happen we had to break down and Rent..2 C Stands and 4 Sandbags.
So on the very last day of the movie, I arrived with the 2 C Stands and 4 Sandbags to an almost tearful Mark Solter. As he cried “We need more lights…” I smiled and ran away.
He was doing so well with so little, one certainly didn’t want upset the balance.