Lighting

The Chocolate Factory.

This is the story of Alain Ducasse’s new chocolate factory. It is a visual feast of beautiful shots, exquisite lighting, and editing. Directed by , the 3 and a half minute short introduces you to the owner and his staff as the hand craft chocolate the old fashioned way in an old Renault Garage in the center of Paris. This makes me want to go back to Paris right now. It makes me want to go to Paris and visit Alain Ducasse’s chocolate factory.

Les Cordes a New Twist on a Rope Light.

Mathieu Lehanneur created a new twist on the rope light for the reopening of the Museum of Decorative Arts, pottery and fashion in the castle Borely Marseille.

Rope

The lamp is constructed from borosilicate glass that is kiln bent frosted and then fitted with LED’s and a control system. It’s an absolutely wonderful take on both a chandelier and the rope light with all those overlapping sweeping curved surfaces. The video below shows the production process that went into making this one of a kind light for the school. What a really impressive design and fabrication process.

“This chandelier was conceived as a rope of light crossing the ceiling, only bands of light and glass are visible. It is not an object. It is not a light fitting. It is the light itself that seems to live and circulate in the entrance space, as if stitched onto the building itself,” Mathieu Lehanneur
Producer: Château Borély / City of Marseille
Executive Producer: Agency Rubigo
Director: Christophe Luparini
Music: Lionel Payet Pigeon
Curator of Decorative Arts and Fashion, Chateau Borély: Christine Germain – Donnat
Creating Mathieu Lehanneur
Artistic production: Agence Eva Albarran & Co. SINCE 1974 Glassworks GmbH

Waarmakers Ninebyfour.

Most fluorescent style light fixtures are for lack of a better term, ugly. This partly due to the need for ballast, the power supply, and the heat the lamps give off. Waarmakers however has created Ninebyfour a tube lamp using LED’s. Because they don’t generate heat, or have a large power supply this minimal lamp is quite beautiful, and one made from uncharacteristic materials.

20140105-131557.jpgThe lamps are designed and built with reclaimed wood that comes from salvaged trees cut down in and around the Amsterdam area. Each lamp comes with a location marker stamped in the cork portion of the fixture. If you enter the coordinates in Google Maps, the origin of your lamps source tree shows up.

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“Stuckenborg” is all Art.

“We’ll fix it in post” is a phrase that I loathe. There is a reason that a Director, and DP want a good “Grip” on set with them. That individual, or team of lighting techs will make or break the quality of your film. I don’t care how good your post production team is, if the lighting sucked or was flat when the film was shot all the post production in the world won’t bring the image to life.

The video from Order & Other below is a great example of lighting done right. There is drama, atmosphere, contrast and a variable balance to the lighting. The DP used the lighting to create atmosphere that can’t be created in post production, and it is one of the key elements that makes this film work. Along with great lighting, there is atmosphere, and by that I mean there is stuff in the air, particulate matter that ads weight to environment. That atmosphere is something you rally can’t ad in post either.