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Create Your Own Light Rig

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How to make your own homemade light rig for a video shoot.

 

 

 

Yesterday Black Sheep Media House set out on our fourth shoot for Black Satellite‘s up and coming music video.  We wanted to create a dynamic lighting set up that would play well with motion and add another dimension type look.  While many professional lighting rigs would cost thousands of dollars, we set out on a trip to our local Lowes location and built a set up fairly cheap.   Check out our process and some images from our shoot below.

The Completed Lighting Rig

Supplies Needed:

  • 2 – 2×8’s  8′ feet long
  • 24 – LED Tube Lights from Amazon 5,000K temperature
  • 10 – 5 foot long  – 1/2″ PVC Pipes
  • Roll of Gaff Tape
  • 2 – 50′ Long old extension cord
  • 3 – Cans of Black Gloss Spray Paint
  • 1 – 5/8″ drill bit
  • Bag of 50 zip ties

Tools Needed:

  • Drill
  • Circular Saw
  • Utility Knife
  • Wire Stripper
  • Sharpie Marker

 

Lights break, be sure to order extra bulbs.

Step 1 –  We cut our 2×8 plank into 8×8 inch square sections that will be used for the base of each light stand.

Step 2 – Cut each 5′ long PVC pipe in half leaving us with 20 posts.

Step 3 – Drill each 8×8 wooden base with a hole just deep and wide enough to hold your PVC pipe.

Step 4 -Insert each PVC post into the base and spray paint each black.  (Use gaffers tape to make sure the fit is snug and secure.)

Step 5 – Mark out your extension cord with a sharpie marker in even sections where you would like each one of your lights.  (We measured every 2’6″)

Step 6 – Cut your second extension cord into two foot sections and use a wire stripper to expose both ends of the line so you can splice the connection into your main line for each light stand.

Step 7 – Be careful not to cut yourself (like Jorge) when exposing your main extension cord on the mark that you have made.  Begin to tie in your two foot extensions into your main line.

Step 8 – Be sure to tape each connection individually as your add your wiring extensions.

Step 9 – After adding the base to each LED tube, connect your tube light to your new wiring rig and zip tie each to your previously created base.

Step 10 – Double check that no wires are exposed and each connection is taped individually.

Step 11 – Cross your fingers and plug in your extension cord.

 

Did you create your own lighting rig using these steps?  If so, we’d love to see it.  Share them on social media and be sure to tag @BlackSheepMediaHouse so we can check them out!  Stay creative!

 

 

Buried with Black Satellite

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We found ourselves in the Pennsylvania woods just outside of State College while filming another scene for Black Satellite’s up and coming music video.  This time, vocalist Larissa Vale wanted to confront an inner fear of being buried alive and we couldn’t wait to turn it into some movie magic.  The setting was perfect as fall had just started in Pennsylvania and leaves littered the ground adding to the look and feel of each clip.  With the help of a fog machine and two stage lights set up just behind some trees, we were able to get some great shadows while enhancing that eerie feel. Safety was always at the forefront for our crew as we could see in Larissa’s eyes that the fear involved with this scene was real.  A huge shoutout to her as she mentally pushed through being completely covered in dirt until each shot was captured perfectly.  Only a few more scenes to knock out and we will be editing this one up.

Keep your eyes open for their new video, dropping soon!

Shooting Underwater with the Sony RX100 Mark 5

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We were overly excited when Black Satellite, a very talented band based out of New York City approached us to shoot a second music video. Band members Larissa Vale and Kyle Hawken always bring creative vision, great ideas and think outside of the box when it comes to the things they would like to capture.  One of the ideas discussed involved some underwater shooting in a Pennsylvania lake.  While Pennsylvania has some beautiful waterways and it’s lakes are very beautiful we knew that we wouldn’t be dealing with the crystal clear water of the Caribbean and that we would likely encounter some interesting low light situations.  We quickly grabbed the Sony RX100 Mark 5 and knew it was the perfect sized tool for the job with it’s low profile design, wide dynamic range and 4K video capabilities.  There’s just one problem. If you’re like us, putting any camera under water makes your heart skip a beat.  In comes the Sony Underwater Housing for the RX100 Series Cameras which features water tight dual gaskets and has a depth rating of up to 130 feet.  While we had no intention of diving that deep the housing gave us peace of mind and a design that offered easy access to all our camera’s controls.

Ultimately we were blown away by the shots we were able to capture with this versatile camera and can’t wait to show you the final video.  Until then, check out a few behind the scene shots from our day on the lake.

A special Thank You to Black Satellite for trusting us with their video projects.

Check out the first video project we shot with Black Satellite by Clicking Here.