Here’s an overlooked issue I encounter on a regular basis. I’m asked to spec out a location video shoot in a conference room or typical academic setting. After a site visit and discussion of the overall needs, it’s time to quantify the equipment, labor, and any other costs it will take to produce the finished product. My equipment consists of three general categories. Cameras and related video gear, Audio gear, and Lighting equipment. Since this is simply documentation of a live event in a well-lit room, lighting equipment is surely unnecessary, right? I used to think so, especially considering that until recently the alternative meant bringing in bulky, and very hot, potentially dangerous gear into the space, changing the look and feel of the place, all while hoping the circuit breakers wouldn’t blow. That was out of the question. But back to the question–why bring in lights when a space is plenty well lit? The answer has to do with several shortcomings with commercial lighting as it applies to video and image-making generally.
Steve Unkles has always had a fascination with stories, images, and ideas. His professional career in media began with his studies at The American University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Audio Technology in 1987. Having more interest in education than working in the music industry, Steve first worked at Boston University, and then in other academic and professional settings providing media support and production services. A series of artistic and professional audio, film, and video projects lead him to dedicate his life’s work to the creation and archiving of recorded media as embodied in Audio-Visual Archives.
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thank you soooo much for the amazing job you did. I really really appreciate it!
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Yours truly, Tom.
We sold out of the first run already, so let’s print another 100. Glad you suggested that design. It’s eye-catching and makes them want to hear it...
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