In the Flesh: On set with the BBC


Dale McCready TV-Bay Magazine
Read ezine online
by Dale McCready
Issue 86 - February 2014
Director of Photography, Dale McCready recently lit the second series of BBCs award nominated Zombie drama In the flesh with the Rotolight ANOVA Bi Colour V2 LED flood light.

New Zealand born DoP, and Steadicam operator, McCready, has worked on some of Britains most highly rated series such as Atlantis, Dr. Who, and Merlin including the feature film; The Chronicles of Narnia: The lion, the witch and the wardrobe. McCready offers a brief insight on his use of the new Version 2 Rotolight ANOVA Floodlight:

At IBC I came across the Rotolight booth and thought that their Anova lamp, a nice, punchy, lightweight, round LED panel with unique flower like barn-doors could work nicely for me. It dims, is adjustable in colour temperature with a digital readout and also contains a WiFi chip to create its own network which you can access through the Rotolight Magic Eye app. (download from the Apple app. store). It can become a master DMX lamp to allow wireless control of multiple lamps plugged in via DMX. Need a lighting desk program but dont want a desk? Use your iPad instead!

The new Rotolight ANOVA Bi Colour V2 Flood light can be electronically set to accurately reproduce any colour of white light from candlelight through to full daylight in 10 degree Kelvin steps 3150K 6300K maintaining perfect colour temperature across the whole dimming range. Each light is hand calibrated using a Laser Aligned testing process for outstanding colour accuracy.

I measured on my Sekonic colour meter early on and found it to be very neutral in terms of green/magenta cast.
On In The Flesh the Anova fits in beautifully for nearly every interior setup Ive done.

Im using it directly as a nicely rounded soft spotlight, bouncing it off poly, diffusing it with Depron, gels, a Chimera Softbox (new Rotolight accessory), hanging it from stands and also often just bouncing it off the ceiling for fill. Its not that tricky LED lamp for last minute eye-lights but not the ladies faces, instead, its the go-to lamp for nearly every setup. The lamps colour is good enough theres no need to think about it as a separate tool. Its just another lamp in the truck. It fits in with the 650s, it fits in with the HMIs, it fits in with the Kinos. I measured on my Sekonic colour meter early on and found it to be very neutral in terms of green/magenta cast. Its quick to adjust, and if I cant reach the control on the back, then the iPhone app can be used to tweak it from by the camera.

Featuring totally flicker free best in class LED technology with an overall CRI=95 and skintone=98, the ANOVA range is now available in 6 new flavours; Bi-Colour, Solo 5600K and Solo 3200K, with a choice of Beam angle 110 ULTRAWIDE for beautiful soft lighting or 50 STANDARD for greater straight-line output. Each Anova unit includes V-Lock battery mount as standard and DMX or Wireless control via the Rotolight Magic Eye iPhone / iPad app.
I go back to shooting Atlantis next month and the Anova is going to be very handy indeed

I did a setup today where I wanted very fine control of the level for convincing night fill and could tweak it remotely while operating. Or, as today also showed, the gaffer could use the near instantaneous On/Off switch on the iPhone app to time the lamp coming on with an actor hitting a wall switch. I never spotted a delay once.

I go back to shooting Atlantis next month and the Anova is going to be very handy indeed. Im hoping to have at least two on standby on all interiors. Im hoping my one can be kept nice and tidy, but thats unlikely. Its too useful to keep it in its box.


Tags: iss086 | Dale McCready | Rotologht | BBC | In the Flesh | Zombies | Rotolight ANOVA Bi Colour V2 LED flood light | Dale McCready
Contributing Author Dale McCready

Read this article in the tv-bay digital magazine
Article Copyright tv-bay limited. All trademarks recognised.
Reproduction of the content strictly prohibited without written consent.

Related Interviews
  • EBS at IBC 2015

    EBS at IBC 2015

  • Bluebell at NAB 2012

    Bluebell at NAB 2012


Related Shows
  • KitPlusTV summarise the Broadcast and Pro Video News 6th April 2021

    KitPlusTV summarise the Broadcast and Pro Video News 6th April 2021


Articles
Cloud integration: The only way is up
Francois Vaillant

In 2017 we saw the introduction of SMPTE 2110 and since then, the transition to IP has emerged as a priority for broadcasters looking to streamline their operations, decrease their footprint and effectively integrate with an industry in a rapid state of flux. A 2020 survey by Devoncroft found that almost 20% of broadcasters had already deployed SMPTE 2110, and over 25% were planning to do so. Then came the pandemic, precipitating the need for on-the-fly collaboration and accelerating the transition to remote, virtual and cloud production.

Tags: dejero | smpte 2110 | dazzl | streaming | Francois Vaillant
Contributing Author Francois Vaillant Click to read
The Cloud - a measured approach
Ciaran Doran

With the buzz of ‘cloud’ everywhere in our industry it would be natural to think that cloud is the only game in town. Isn’t it time to step back and consider very carefully how, or whether, you make that journey to the cloud?

Tags: cloud | rohde and schwarz | rohde | schwarz | Ciaran Doran
Contributing Author Ciaran Doran Click to read
Meeting the specification
Chris Smeeton

A good technical specification will detail precisely what is required, from the equipment to the cables connecting it. Many specifications will give  particular manufacturers and model numbers. On many occasions, this makes tendering simple and gives vendors a secure and fair way to bid.

Tags: CPR specification | argosy cable | fire safe cable | eu standard cable | chris smeeton | Chris Smeeton
Contributing Author Chris Smeeton Click to read
Avid and Rohde & Schwarz
Ciaran Doran

Rohde & Schwarz is the perfect ingest partner to build flexible workflows with Avid.

Tags: Rohde and Schwarz | avid | spycernode | editing | asset management | venice | Ciaran Doran
Contributing Author Ciaran Doran Click to read
Sennheiser MKE 400 hands on review and test
KitPlus

Sennheiser have just released two products aimed at simplifying audio on the move, the MKE400 shotgun microphone and the XS Lav Mic, in this review we’re looking at the MKE400.

Tags: sennheiser mke400 | sennheiser mke 400 | sennheiser mke 400 quality | best microphones for youtube | mic for youtube videos | sennheiser mke 400 hands on | microphone review | iphone videography | microphones | sound for video | camera microphone | microphone for iphone | microphone for youtube | video microphone | shotgun mics | smartphone microphone | vlogging mic | best microphone for video | shotgun microphone review | mke 400 | sennheiser mke 400 hands on review | sennheiser mke 400 test | KitPlus
Contributing Author KitPlus Click to read