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john sharaf
Re: Was I asked a trick Question?
on Jun 13, 2008 at 3:07:24 pm


The gaffer was entitled to know what focal length you intended to use so that he could estimate the size of the shot you wanted lit.

Focal length has nothing to do with the distance to the subject, but rather the size of the lens. By telling him, for example that you were using a 6mm lens on your 2/3" HD camera, he'd know it was a wide shot and he could calculate how much power he'd need to distribute, the quantity and size of the lights and what to tell his crerw to do.

Without this information, he and the crew would be standing around picking their noses and you'd be asking them what's taking so long with the lighting after you finally got your camera up.

Lighting crews are often gruff, because it's hard and often dangerous work, so they've learned to be efficient to save energy, rather than move heavy gear more than necessary. Anything that production can do to give them the important information they need to get going is very helpful and ultimately will save timne and energy.


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