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Leo Ticheli
A Surefire story...
on Aug 28, 2007 at 2:26:13 pm

Just returned from a cross-country shoot in amusement parks with a new respect for my Surefire flashlight.

Since our work was to be exteriors, we did not have a lighting package with us. The client requested that we shoot in a "Dark Ride;" I could boost the gain a little with the VariCam but the practical light from the tableau in the ride was far too low level to reveal the riders as they passed by.

I considered just shooting them as silhouettes, but the client wanted to see the riders faces. I pulled out my 100 lumens Surefire L4 flashlight and we tracked the riders car with it.

Certainly not my first choice in a lighting package, but it worked beautifully!

Later on the shoot we were doing a magic-hour campfire scene and I used the Surefire inside a tent to give it an inviting warm glow to stand out from the background.

I'm never without my Surefire!

Good shooting and best regards,


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todd mcmullen
Re: A Surefire story...
on Aug 30, 2007 at 3:29:01 pm

Funny you bring up this lighting tool. Just the other day we were shooting in a bar and the characters made a spontaneous reference to a John wayne picture on the wall. I knew my camera operators would tilt up to see it, and I knew it would be dark, so I quickly asked my 2nd ac for her flashlight and I hit the picture with her surefire. It worked perfectly and we didn't have to get an insert. the magic of un-motivated lighting.

Todd McMullen
Flip Flop Films

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Steve Wargo
Re: A Surefire story...
on Aug 31, 2007 at 7:46:29 am

When we shoot, we sometimes use a frosted plastic slate/clapboard. To see it at night, I hit the back of it with a light so the camera can read it.

Are we going for some kind of prize here?

Steve Wargo
Tempe, Arizona
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P. J. in Hollywood
Re: A Surefire story...
on Oct 26, 2007 at 5:35:02 am

Hay! Why not contact Sure Fire and get product placement or advertisement placement deal with your next film? Heck, write it into the script and send it to a product placement agency. What is there to loose? Might get some free flash lights for the crew.

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