Managing Tight Locations for Captain Phillips

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Thu, 12/13/2012 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Captain Philips directed by Paul Greengrass (Bourne Ultimatum Green Zone United 93) is based on the true-life story of Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) who was taken hostage by Somali pirates on board of the famous freight ship Maersk Alabama. The production required shooting on ships and other tight locations around the world and made choosing the right gear a necessity. Barry Ackroyd BAFTA winner and Oscar nominated cinematographer for Hurt Locker (2008) chose ten Rotolight RL48’s for use on the feature. Ackroyd says he chose Rotolight the RL48’s for their portability and versatility on set. Chief lighting gaffer Harry Wiggins (The Iron Lady Green Zone) says “We shot Captain Phillips on different ships all over the world and there was one light we always took with us – the Rotolight. Perfectly-sized and with a built-in gel kit it was my get-out-of jail card and always right there on my belt.”  “It was neat punchy and saved time by the bucket load: small enough to hide behind an existing fitting to boost it powerful enough to key on it's own ” says Wiggins. “When we wanted that little bit extra wherever we wanted it and at whatever temperature we wanted it - clunk! Rotolight.”