Van den Abbeele is a big fan of LEDs explaining that actors like the lack of heat and noise. He appreciates that along with LED lights, DoPchoice gear saves space on set.
He was an early adapter of Quasar Science tubular lights. “I love working with them but I was unable to control spill. So first I used them in old KinoFlo 1bank and 2bank fixtures. I wanted to ask DoPchoice to make a SNAPGRID that fit onto the tubes. But before I had the time to contact them I saw a picture on Instagram that they were launching the product!
DoPchoice introduced the Single Tube SNAPGRID®, a neat fit for a slim tube of up to 4’ in length and it sets up in a snap. “I immediately bought 15 pieces, says Tom, “and I already find them a game changer. Everybody loves them.”
How does he use them? “On a film we are lighting now, there’s a 2-camera scene in a kitchen where we have a simple shot and reverse shot but in both there’s a window in frame. One camera shoots a frontal with a little bit of window in the background and the second camera takes a profile with the window in the background.
“Because of the silk curtains we can not bring a lot of light through the window or it would blow out and we need detail. So we bounce two M4s through the window to compensate for the sun in the background. Inside I placed 2 Quasar Science Rainbow fixtures rigged in the center of the 2 windows. Because of the SNAPGRIDS we can use the Rainbows to overtake the windows without lighting the whole set.”
DoPchoice makes some of Abbeele’s favorite tools, whether on tubular lights or rectangulars. “A Skypanel S30 with an Octa 3 SNAPBAG and a SNAPGRID is my go-to key-light. The Octa 3 is just big enough to make it one of the most beautiful and easy to use key-lights that we have available now.”
With a smile Abbeele explains, “It seems we always get less time to do the same work. Now DoPchoice gives us tools to help us to do just that! We can work a lot faster and create even more beautiful images, just because their products are so great.”
Tom Van den Abbeele
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