DPs and Gaffers - The Lighting List

thefilmbook by Benjamin B

This is part 2 from the seminar with DPs and gaffers, held at Camerimage 2012 in collaboration with my friends at K5600 Lighting.

The subject here is the lighting list.

In Part 1, the panel discussed who does what, and the difference between the American & European systems.


The panelists: Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, gaffer James Plannette, gaffer Reuben Garrett, Michel Abramowicz, AFC, best boy Matthew Butler and moderator Benjamin B

DPs and Gaffers panel -part2 -thefilmbook-



1. the panel

A reminder of the panel which included 2 cinematographers, 2 gaffers and a best boy:

-- Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC - cinematographer

-- James Plannette - gaffer

-- Michel Abramowicz, AFC - cinematographer

-- Reuben Garrett - gaffer

-- Matthew Butler - best boy

The event was initiated by Marc Galerne of K5600 Lighting, with the additional support of Jacques Delacoux of Transvideo. The video was shot by young cinematographer Eloi Rimmelspacher. I did the editing.


2. the lighting list

The cinematographers, gaffers and best boy discuss their lighting list.

watch on YouTube


- Vilmos shares the difficulty of giving a list early, and talks of using Tungsten and HMIs

- James recites a lighting list

- Michel alludes to difficulties convincing production managers, and talks of Kino Flos

- Reuben defines practicals and stresses the importance of taking them into account

- Benjamin evokes the use of industrial lights

- Matthew describes the give and take with the production manager


Cinematography master Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC





Michel Abramowicz

Matthew Butler

Reuben Garrett

James Plannette

Vilmos Zsigmond

Video cameraman

Eloi Rimmelspacher


K5600 Lighting


Camerimage Festival

Master gaffer James Plannette


The seminar and videos are dedicated to the memory of Gilles Galerne.


wide shot


In Part 3, we discuss the Rag List


thefilmbook: DPs and Gaffers - 1. Who Does What

thefilmbook: DPs and Gaffers - 2. The Lighting List

thefilmbook: DPs and Gaffers - 3. The Rag List

thefilmbook: DPs and Gaffers - 4. Digital

thefilmbook: DPs and Gaffers - 5. Hard Light - Fresnel vs PAR




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