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Patrick Jaeger
Power Issues
on May 28, 2011 at 9:06:30 am

Hi everyone, I didn't know where to post this but thought some of you fellow Cinematographers may be able to help me out.

I am a film student a few weeks out from working on my final year film and have a few concerns about setting up lighting in a particular location.

The location is in rural Australia in an old shed on a farm. The closest power source is approximately 100 metres (328 feet) from the shed and I need to power a number of high wattage lights simultaneously. As far as I am aware, the power source (house) has two circuits, each with 5000W. Below is a link to a picture of the power box, each circuit has 250V and 20A.

http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n476/pattyjae90/IMG_3108.jpg

My question is this: is it possible to run a heavy duty extension cable (Or multiple cables) to the shed and still have useable power? Or is it just too far away to be realistic/safe? Are there any alternatives?

Our last resort is to hire a generator but as we will be shooting for close to a week this will add a significant cost to a very stretched budget and also provide noise issues. We will need at least 3000W usable power to create the lighting set-up desired.

Thanks so much!

Patrick Jaeger


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Andrew Rendell
Re: Power Issues
on Jun 4, 2011 at 9:34:55 pm

Talk to an electrician.

Seriously, it really is a safety issue (I once got a shock off a lighting rig and it's a scary way to learn).


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