DAVID LANDAU SHOOTS STRAY WITH TRUCOLOR LS
Director of Photography David Landau recently used two TruColor LS on the set of Stray, an indie Kickstarter-funded drama produced and directed by Nena Eskridge.
“I love the fixture. The fact that it has a very small profile with the big amount of intensity we can get out of it is amazing,” Landau said. “The whole movie was tiny little rooms,” he explained. “That’s the wonderful thing [about the LS], you can put them in corners. They’re soft and powerful and wrap beautifully. They’re easy to hide and they can be two feet from the talent. We had one rigged up in the corner of a tiny little stairwell, and it gave us exactly what we needed. It gave us things that we couldn’t do with a fluorescent fixture.”
Landau also used a panel-less LS to create a blue light effect for a bar scene. “We did have opal over it,” he explains, “but it gave a great blue look.”
The low power draw of the fixture was also an asset when shooting on location. “The little apartment that we were shooting in had horrible wiring from the 70s. It was great that we were only drawing 150 watts,” Landau said. “No light is fail-safe, but this fixture is pretty fail-safe. You’re not going to catch anything on fire.”
Stray is currently in post-production. The crew shot the first fifteen minutes of the film three years ago to aid fundraising to produce the feature. “I think it’s going to have a great festival run,” Landau said.
Landau is the head of cinematography at Fairleigh Dickinson University. His book Lighting for Cinematography, published by Bloomsbury Press, will be available later this month.