Litepanels’ 1x1s shine for Canon karting film
France: Produced for Canon to demonstrate that the output from full-HD video-enabled DSLR cameras can be combined seamlessly with HD video cameras in post, karting film The Racetrack was shot at the MK kart circuit in Scientrier, France, by DSLR filmmaker Richard Walch on an EOS 5D Mark II. Four Litepanels 1×1 production lights, meanwhile, put a race kart perfectly into focus for the film’s making-of documentary.
“I set up four Litepanels 1×1 LED lights in the pit in practically no time,” reports Richard Walch. “I mounted a 1×1 Standard and a 1×1 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 1×1 Spot models are ideal. This is how I accentuated interesting features while illuminating the race kart. The stepless dimming function of the 1×1 lights was extremely helpful, as was the 1×1 Bi-Color’s ability to easily change color temperature from cool white daylight to warm white tungsten.”
The 1×1 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 1×1 fixtures fit perfectly to the set in the pit,” says Walch. “The lights even made it into the picture in the making-of.” The 1×1 lights’ option for battery operation and their heat-free feature also paid off for Richard Walch. “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.”