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News: Litepanels Freefall for Douglas Spotted Eagle’s Cell Phone Spot
on Dec 11, 2013 at 3:19:03 am

(Van Nuys, California--December 11, 2013) When Emmy, Grammy, Peabody (and more) Award winning musician Douglas Spotted Eagle isn’t making music, he’s up in the air, literally, as an aerial camera operator. One of his most recent aerial shoots for a global cell phone manufacturer entailed an unusual lighting challenge; a unit that would work during a free fall. His choice: Litepanels Sola ENG and MicroPro LED lights.

“The project involved lighting a model in free fall,” Spotted Eagle explains. “We had to transmit the photograph to social media before any of the skydivers had landed their parachutes. The first challenge in lighting was choice of instrument. Power is restricted by battery weight, as is the instrument size.

“A major challenge of aerial lighting is that there is nothing from which a bounce can be utilized,” he adds. “Additionally, the wind and speed conspire, making direct lighting difficult, and so the lighting must be diffused to not to create harsh contrasts.”

Spotted Eagle’s director wanted a specific style of light. “The instrument in the shot had to look big, be aesthetically pleasing, and needed enough throw to light up the subject,” he explains. The original decision was a cheap hurricane light. This had the profile the director required. But, the instrument didn’t throw enough light once the diffusion was attached. “I tried my Litepanels MicroPros, which I love, but they didn’t fit inside the now-gutted hurricane light. Not enough coverage. But, when I used the Sola ENG, it fit in the housing perfectly.

“I’ve always chosen Litepanels in most every production situation, simply because I’ve been using the product for so many years,” he adds. “I guess you call that ‘habit’. Originally, I used them as accent lights but today they are my main/primary instruments in more situations than I can count. That the color doesn’t vary from instrument to instrument, that they are reliable, and the brilliance of the product design, has caused them to be the icing on the cake.

“No other lighting instrument could have been used in this situation, simply because of the size/shape/output considerations,” Spotted Eagle states. “I could not have done this project without the dimmable feature found on both lights, and the focus-ability of the Solas. I needed to spread the light out as much as possible within the housing I had to work with.

“Working with large batteries was simply not an option here; the lights are head-worn, with batteries either head-worn or chest mounted. Weight was critical, because if the weight on the top of the head is too high; deployment of the parachute can become a safety issue if the wearer’s neck snaps back.

“Ease of mounting was another reason that the Solas and MicroPros where chosen,” he adds. “Any video pro should have a couple of the MicroPros in their walkabout kit. They mount anywhere, provide excellent light for their size, and have an amazingly long battery life. I am replacing batteries in cameras 4 to 1 over the Litepanels.”

This project is now on the air and is part of a national advertising campaign on all major networks and internet streams.

For more information on products from Litepanels, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, contact Litepanels, Inc., 16152 Saticoy Street, Van Nuys, CA 91406, Email:

About Litepanels
Litepanels was founded in 2001 by 5 professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy® award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world’s leading broadcast organizations.

Backed by the Vitec Group’s legacy of 100+ years in the broadcast and production industry, Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and Lighting Directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures practically pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. Along with other leading brands in the broadcast and professional videographer industry, Litepanels is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company. For more information on Litepanels, visit

About Vitec Videocom

Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – advancing the quality and science of media production.


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Mark Suszko
Re: News: Litepanels Freefall for Douglas Spotted Eagle’s Cell Phone Spot
on Dec 11, 2013 at 3:28:51 pm

Wow, I have not heard anything about Douglas for a Loooonnnng time; I'me very glad to hear he's still in the game and doing cool things like this.

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Tim Wilson
Re: News: Litepanels Freefall for Douglas Spotted Eagle’s Cell Phone Spot
on Dec 11, 2013 at 7:46:09 pm

Check Douglas has a couple of brand new articles posted in just the last few days, with another on the way.

We're delighted to have him back too!

Tim Wilson
Vice President, Editor-in-Chief
Creative COW

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