Chief Lighting Technician Jonathan Franklin Chooses DoPchoice
Jonathan Franklin, Chief Lighting Technician on a number of commercials and feature films including the Oscar winning Phantom Thread, is not only on top of the latest in lighting, but also ways in controlling the light and regularly uses a wide range of DoPchoice products on set.
“If we hadn’t had DoPchoice accessories on this location, our job would have not only been a lot harder but also a lot slower. The room wasn’t the biggest. Add a 12×12 with M40s and you soon start to lose real estate. If we had used conventional flagging, we’d never have been able to get the show the way we wanted."
On Chaos Walking with Ben Seresin, Franklin was faced with lighting Montreal’s Olympic Stadium – a huge concrete structure. “We were filming on a balcony,” he explains. “It had a curved roof and a small gap where the floor met the roof. First, we had to control the light flooding in. Then we had to replicate it with our own. We ended up using about 42 ARRI M90 lamps all the way around the stadium. To soften that, we had 12×12 diffusion and a Butterfly grid on each one. We used the grids to direct the soft light to emphasize the architecture with light and controlled shadows.”
For Franklin, it’s all about adapting quickly to his DoP’s style. “Being with them for 6-7 days a week, you get to know them and see which way they are going to go with lighting. Part of the skill you need is to always be prepared for what the DoP is going to throw at you and have a solution ready before they ask for it. Having a DoPchoice accessory up your sleeve is a great solution for instant control of any light.”