LOS ANGELES – Denis Lauzon has built a 30-year career in advertising, still photography and video production. As the co-owner of 1300 Studios, a full service studio in Miami, he has built a production and rental facility designed to accommodate the needs of professionals and their crews.
The facility includes a 12-person conference room equipped with a 90-inch studio monitor, lounge that doubles as a green room with a 60-inch monitor, three-station hair and makeup room with daylight-balanced lighting, kitchen for food-based projects, and reception area. Plus, there are a number of industrial spaces for various types of location shooting surrounding the studio, as well as five acres of open space for exterior shoots.
In the 30×40-foot studio, Lauzon has taken the necessary steps to limit his time on a ladder. He keeps four Zylight IS3c LED large panel lights mounted on the lighting grid, two of which are used to color the cyc. Lauzon uses the Zylight Remote to wirelessly adjust the color and intensity of the IS3c lights on the grid. (The lights can also be controlled via DMX through XLR connectors.)
All Zylight lighting instruments feature Zylink wireless technology, which allows remote control of all functions, including color hue and saturation, color temperature, and brightness. Plus, Zylights that are linked together adjust simultaneously for uniform results.
Recently, Lauzon was approached by a client who wanted to match the background to precise logo colors, which Lauzon was able to accomplish quickly without gels or filters. During a music video shoot, Lauzon used the Zylight
Remote to dynamically change the background color of the cyc during the recording artist’s performance. “The whole wall was lit and changing color,” Lauzon explained. “It looked great.”
Despite pre-planning, performers can cause problems with chromakey by the choice of color. Lauzon has programmed two memory presets on the IS3c lights – blue and greenscreen – so it is easy to accommodate last minute changes. “Wardrobe and hair color dictate chromakey,” Lauzon explained. “To fix the issue, we press the button. There’s no repainting backdrops.”
Now, the only time Lauzon has to get on the ladder is to adjust his IS3cs is to flip the instruments for lens flare effects in music videos. The IS3c’s advanced color mixing system provides rich, accurate color rendition, while its 90-degree spread makes it an ideal soft light for widescreen shots.
1300 Studios owns seven IS3c lights with soft boxes, available for rental, plus two F8 LED Fresnels (one daylight balanced and one tungsten) and one Z90 compact LED light. Lauzon said the IS3c is great on location, and he has been impressed with the F8 LED Fresnel, which collapses to less than for inches thick for easy transport. “There’s no other Fresnel like that,” Lauzon said. “The industry is definitely changing toward LEDs. There are other brands out there, but Zylight has the best features we were looking for in one package.”
ABOUT 1300 STUDIOS
Located in Miami, 1300 Studios is one of the finest full-service digital photography and video studio rental facilities in South Florida. Our seasoned professional staff ensures a flawless production in a comfortable atmosphere you will appreciate. Contact us at (305) 628-0000 or visit www.1300studios.com.
ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC
Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.