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Setla Film Productions Improves Location Shoots with Zylight F8

LOS ANGELES – A trained paramedic, Thaddeus Setla stumbled into a career in video production about 13 years ago, when he started producing short training videos with a consumer camcorder. These days, his San Francisco-based company, Setla Film Productions, is focused on high-end productions for the Web.

“I saw a need,” he recalled. “I realized I could impact more lives through video production than one patient at a time in the back of an ambulance. As technology and editing software improved, it allowed me to create more professional Setla Filmproducts.”

Setla travels the world visiting healthcare providers to produce Code STEMI, an online documentary series on http://CodeSTEMI.tv. “That’s where our audience is,” he explained. “They don’t have the money to travel and visit other EMS systems, so it is my goal to share that knowledge and experience with our audience.”

With his industry knowledge, Setla can ask pertinent questions to help EMS professionals share stories and procedures in an effort to improve patient care. It is his dream job, but Setla does face challenges on location, particularly with equipment. He shoots with two Sony F5 CineAlta 4K cameras, but has limited crew (when he’s not working as a one-man-band) and does not have the manpower to transport excessive gear and accessories.

Late last year, he completed shoots in Raleigh, N.C., and Phoenix using his new Zylight F8 LED Fresnels. The lightweight F8 means he can leave heavier C-stands at the office, and the light collapses to less than four inches thick for easy airline transport. “The whole goal is to have compact, dependable equipment,” Setla said.

While less bulk in the travel kit is a plus, performance and flexibility are Setla’s most important factors in the field. With little or no location scouting, Setla has to be prepared to light a huge firehouse or a small office. Interview setups on location tend to be quick, about 10 minutes or so, and very little of that time is devoted to setup for the F8. He says the light has worked better for him than 1×1 LED lights he’s used in the past, and appreciates the F8’s integrated battery connection and AC power options.

The 5600K lights have been particularly effective while shooting scenes in the ER, where the installed fluorescent lighting adds a green tint to skin tones. Setla is able to bounce light from the F8 and get “beautiful” skin tones. He has been using his F8s since October, and the results from his recent shoots prompted him to purchase Zylight’s IS3c, a large panel cyclorama and beauty light that can serve as a background color wash light or as a wide soft light.

“The output of the F8 is invaluable,” he added. “It handles better than anything else I’ve ever had. My Zylights are now an essential part of my production kit.”

Available in daylight (5600K) or tungsten (3200K), the F8 has a high CRI (color rendering index) and maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping through an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens. The fully dimmable F8 offers an adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees), with a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations. Its LED engine with quantum dot technology draws only 100 watts, but has close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel.

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.

Miami’s 1300 Studios Keeps Hot Shoots Cool with Zylight

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.

Zylight IS3c LED large panel lights create green and blue chromakey backgrounds on 1300 Studio’s cyc without gels or filters.

Zylight IS3c LED large panel lights create green and blue chromakey backgrounds on 1300 Studio’s cyc without gels or filters.

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

1300 Studios uses Zylight F8 LED Fresnels and IS3c LED large panel lights for studio and location projects.

1300 Studios uses Zylight F8 LED Fresnels and IS3c LED large panel lights for studio and location projects.

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.

 

Zylight to Exhibit Product Range at Cine Gear and Lightfair International

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, will showcase its wares at next month’s Cine Gear Expo in Hollywood and Lightfair International in Las Vegas. Zylight’s instruments will be displayed within their North American distributor, Ushio America’s, booth at both exhibitions. Among the Zylight offerings on hand will be the F8 LED Fresnel, F8 Front JPEGpalm-sized Z90 LED and IS3c LED lights.

Ushio will be in booth #S310 at Cine Gear and booth #5124 at Lightfair International.

Cine Gear occurs from June 5-8th at The Studios at Paramount in Hollywood. In its 18th year, it is the premier film, video, and digital media expo for the entertainment industry.

Gear Expo attracts specialists from every major department of the entertainment production and the post production world.

Held from June 3-5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Lightfair International is the the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. Lightfair International is co-owned by the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD, www.iald.org) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES, www.ies.org). The event is co-owned, produced and managed by AMC, Inc. (www.americasmart.com).

F8 LED Fresnel

Recently updated, Zylight’s F8 LED Fresnel delivers close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel and collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport. A number of refinements deliver improved performance for field and studio applications. The yoke mount has been angled for greater positioning range and can accommodate 90-degree stand mounting. All locking and adjustment can be done with a single knob. The light’s self-locking focus automatically holds focus position. Other improvements include: improved bellows design for smoother operation, a self-terminating DMX input, better protection from the elements, and a new heat sink orientation that allows 20 percent better cooling.

“We’ve been blown away by the response to this light. Commercial and TV show producers as well as independent filmmakers are embracing our LED Fresnel,” said Joe Arnao, president of Zylight. “We went back to the drawing board a few months ago to make the F8 even better, without changing the features that make it the most exciting lighting instrument on the market.”

Z90

The palm-sized Z90 LED provides the flexibility of variable color temperature and access to any color of the rainbow at the touch of a button – without gels or filters. It can instantly switch between fully calibrated Daylight and Tungsten, with no color shift while dimming. An adjustable 2500K-9000K color temperature and variable ±GREEN color correction enable smooth on-location lighting adjustments. Built-in controls and digital display make set-up fast, with user-defined presets for storing frequently used settings. The light’s built-in color mode provides immediate access to millions of colors. The Z90’s HD-led™ module is the brightest available anywhere. And its 130° spread ensures that one Z90 will do the job of two or more inferior bulb-type LED lights.

IS3c

The IS3c combines Zylight’s color-mixing technology and high-quality construction to meet the needs of location and studio professionals who require an extremely bright and wide soft source, while offering all of the innovative features for which Zylight is known: fully dimmable with minimal color shift, adjustable color temperature and color correction, unlimited color control, and rugged construction for years of reliable service.

The IS3c’s advanced four-color mixing ensures excellent skin tones and rich, accurate color rendition. And the IS3c’s wide 90° spread means the IS3c can shoot with wide angle lenses or in 16×9 format.

Integrated ZyLink™ wireless control

Each of the lights are equipped with Zylink wireless control technology that allows the operator to wirelessly link multiple Zylights to create a soft LED source as large as necessary. Zylights that are linked act in concert as if they were one unified LED source, with adjustments made on one light changing all lights in the group. Lights can be controlled wirelessly or from another light from up to 60′ away.

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.

ABOUT USHIO AMERICA, INC.

USHIO America, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of Specialty and General Illumination lighting solutions based in Cypress, California. Established in 1967 as a subsidiary of USHIO Inc, in Tokyo, Japan, USHIO now carries over 3,500 lighting related products. These Lighting-Edge Technologies™ are provided to a variety of industries such as general illumination, audio-visual, photographic, stage, studio and television, semiconductor, printed circuit, video projection, cinema, UV curing, germicidal, horticulture, graphic arts, flashlight, scientific, medical, dental, ophthalmic, infra-red heating, and many others. For further information, visit www.USHIO.com.

 

‘Anchorman’ DP Thomas Ackerman, ASC, Impressed with Zylight F8 LED Fresnel

LOS ANGELES – When he’s not the director of photography for commercials or major motion pictures like Beetlejuice or Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Thomas Ackerman, ASC, teaches cinematography at the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C. When his lectures inevitably turn to lighting, he has a surprising setup of choice.

“Ideally, my ideal lighting scheme is nothing,” he admitted. “When the existing light is sweet, why re-invent the wheel? Many of my colleagues would probably say the same thing. Of course, we would also agree that this almost never Thomas Ackerman JPEGhappens. Over the years, I’ve shot some huge sets with a power draw to match. But we can always dream.”

Because the lion’s share of his work is not done in natural light, Ackerman continues to explore new lighting options to create images that support the story or script. “When I’m working, I’m sort of an illustrator telling a story. There’s always a target in mind,” he said. “Clearly lighting technology and the choices of lighting systems have grown exponentially since I started doing this. It’s crazy. Now we can choose equipment with almost surgical precision.”

According to Ackerman, cinematographers render images based on contrast as well as the color and volume of light, but some shoots are more artistically challenging than others. New DPs, for example, sometimes have difficulty with night scenes. “They get hung up on naturalism, where is the light supposed to be coming from?” he explained. “Light should be motivated, but you don’t have to be a slave to reality. At night, you have the ability to create a world of your own choosing.”

Thomas Ackerman UNC Zylight F8 JPEG

Students at the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts used the Zylight F8 during the Spring 2014 semester.

With today’s advanced camera technologies, Ackerman is not concerned with whether or not he can capture a nighttime image; instead, the challenge is in balancing the lighting. He suggested that high quality LED instruments like the Zylight F8 LED Fresnel, which is portable but delivers close to the output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel, can be valuable on night sets. “LEDs as high output, low-power tools can splash light virtually at the last minute on a night exposure that could be tremendously helpful,” he offered.

While his toolkit continues to grow and now includes LED lights, Ackerman is not ready to abandon his more traditional lighting options. “There’s a lot of mediocre LED equipment,” he said, “and claims are often ill-founded with significant limitations.”

One LED that has not disappointed, however, is the Zylight F8, which Ackerman and his students used during the Spring 2014 semester. He said it has an extremely fine build quality and a thoughtful design, which includes the ability to collapse the entire instrument, including its eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, for easy transport. He also said the option to power the F8 using a standard 14.4V camera battery is a significant asset for location and documentary-style shoots.

As far as the quality of the output, the F8 delivered “an amazing amount of punch with miniscule power draw,” he said. “It has a very nice, creamy smooth spread of light, but when you want to spot it in, it concentrates and accordingly picks up. This lamp is officially added to my list. It’s a lot of quality in a very small package.”

Available in daylight (5600K) or tungsten (3200K) versions, the F8 has a high CRI (color rendering index) and Its LED engine features quantum dot technology to provide a more refined and balanced natural light output, which is tuned to work with today’s digital camera systems. The fully dimmable F8 maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping and offers an adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees), with a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations.

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.

 

Zylight Brings Upgraded F8 LED Fresnel to NAB 2014

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, showcased an improved F8 LED Fresnel at the 2014 NAB Show. Introduced last year, the reengineered lighting instrument still delivers close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel and collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport, but a number of refinements deliver improved performance for field and studio applications.

The yoke mount has been angled for greater positioning range and able to accommodate 90-degree stand mounting. Plus, all locking and adjustment is F8 Front JPEGdone with a single knob. On the light, the self-locking focus now automatically holds focus position. Other improvements include improved bellow design for smoother operation, a self-terminating DMX input, better protection from the elements and a new heat sink orientation that allows 20 percent better cooling.

“We have been blown away by the response to the F8. Broadcast studios, ENG news crews, commercial producers, independent filmmakers – our LED Fresnel has been embraced by video professionals across the industry,” said Joe Arnao, president of Zylight. “We went back to the drawing board to make the F8 even better, without changing the features that make it the most exciting lighting instrument on the market.”

Available in daylight (5600K) or tungsten (3200K) versions, the F8 lighting instrument draws only 100 watts. It has a high CRI (color rendering index) and its eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping. The fully dimmable F8 offers an adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees), with a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations.

Bright like an HMI, the F8 is a better choice for run-and-gun ENG applications – it can be powered by a standard 14.4V camera battery or AC adapter, and it is water resistant (IP54) for use in challenging location conditions. Its LED engine features quantum dot technology to provide a more refined and balanced natural light output, which has been tuned to work with today’s digital camera systems. Like other Zylight models, the F8 features ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control. The F8 ships with barn doors and yoke mount, but additional accessories are available separately.

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.

 

Zylight Hosts Free Lighting Presentations at NAB 2014

image002LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, will host three free presentations that detail the use of LED lighting for a variety of production applications at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C5346). All presentations are at 1 p.m. at the Zylight booth and will feature insights from industry professionals who use Zylight products on location or in the studio.

“We’re looking forward to another successful series of speakers this year,” said Joe Arnao, president of Zylight. “NAB is a great place to share information and introduce potential new customers to the benefits of Zylight’s LED lighting instruments. I can’t think of a better way to illustrate the performance and versatility of our products than to invite some of our customers to share their stories.”

On Monday, April 7, Thaddeus Setla of San Francisco-based Setla Film F8 new photo 1 23 14 JPGProductions will discuss his use of Zylight’s F8 LED Fresnels for location shoots. A trained paramedic, Setla began his video production career producing short training videos. Now he travels the world visiting healthcare providers to share stories and procedures in an effort to improve patient care through Code STEMI, an online documentary series. He’s been using his F8s in the field since October.

“The whole goal is to have compact, dependable equipment,” Setla said. “The output of the light is invaluable. It handles better than anything else I’ve ever had.”

A panel discussion will explore the benefits of migrating from traditional studio lighting to LED technology on Tuesday, April 8, featuring Andrew Boucher, Jeff Hamel and David De Barros. Hamel is an accomplished lighting designer and lighting director who has worked on national television commercials and projects for major broadcast and television networks. Recently, he supervised the design and installation of LED lighting systems at several northeast production facilities. For more than a decade, Boucher has been a production manager at High Output, a production services firm based outside of Boston with additional offices in Charleston, S.C., Providence, R.I., Portland, Maine, and Newport, Conn.

De Barros has served as technical manager of Euro Light System in Sannois, France, since 2009, and is responsible for design, production and installation of broadcast studio lighting systems. The company has delivered nearly 80 full LED studios for customers in France and around the world, and he will explain how their customers are benefitting from Zylight LED lighting instruments.

On Wednesday, April 9, veteran shooter, editor and product designer Mike Sutton will talk about LED lighting and high-speed shooting. Sutton, who also serves as senior account manager at Rule Boston Camera, recently reported on his blog at http://www.wideopencamera.com that he used the F8 on location for a Range Rover commercial shoot. He noted the F8 did not flicker when set at 100 percent output at more than 5,500 frames per second. “This is important as most lights will kill your high-speed shot with rolling bars and bands of light or high pulse flickering,” he added.

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.

Joey L. Highlights Ethiopian Narrative with Zylight

Film Shoot Relies on Battery-Powered F8 LED Fresnel in Remote Regio

LOS ANGELES – Known professionally as Joey L., Joey Lawrence is a still photographer by trade and still new at directing live action projects. The story of his new short film, People of the Delta, was developed from his five years of Joey L F8 JPEGphotography work in Southern Ethiopia. Shot on location in the region, the project relied heavily on the Zylight F8 LED Fresnel when conditions proved problematic for HMI lighting instruments.

People of the Delta is a narrative, not a documentary, with a script inspired from stories Lawrence heard while working in the area. Funded through a Kickstarter campaign, the film was shot with an ARRI Alexa camera over about four weeks in Ethiopia last fall and is currently being edited.

It was the first time he used it for a shoot, but Zylight’s daylight-balanced F8 LED Joey L People of the Delta F8 JPEGFresnel quickly became Lawrence’s lighting instrument of choice for People of the Delta. “It saved us in so many situations,” he said.

The script called for a lot of scenes inside huts, which are built from sticks and have sunlight streaming through the doorways. Director of photography Sean Stiegemeier prefers to shoot with natural light and supplement with lighting instruments, Lawrence explained, and the F8 allowed the crew to get more exposure and depth.

Lawrence also used an IS3c, Zylight’s LED wash light with adjustable color temperature and custom soft box, as a fill light and for color effects. For example, its built-in color control, which produces millions of colors without gels or filters, was used to replicate firelight in one scene.

The crew packed HMI lights for the shoot, but some bulbs broke during transport on the bumpy roads of the region. Power was also a significant issue. With a small crew in one of the most remote places in the world, it was challenge to transport a generator, as well as acquire and transport gasoline. Plus, as Joey L People of the Delta Production JPEGLawrence said, power fluctuations and an unsteady current can damage an HMI bulb, so a stabilizer in the generator was required to protect the HMIs on location.

In contrast, the battery-powered F8 did not suffer damage from the rough roads, and was invaluable on location when power was questionable. “The F8 is way more robust. The shoot would have taken forever with a more traditional setup,” Lawrence said. “I was surprised how bright the F8 was and how long it could last on one battery. I never thought it could do so much. It really is good stuff.”

After People of the Delta wrapped, Joey L. stayed in the area to complete a still photo shoot with his Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Instead of his usual strobe flash, however, he used the F8 to light his subjects. “I don’t shoot in broad daylight,” he explained. “I shoot at sunrise and sunset. In those kinds of situations, a constant light is so much nicer than using a strobe. You get an instant preview, and you need way less setup time and test shots.”

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.