Light Suit Segment

Filming a LED Light Suit at Night

by Barry Andersson1 Comment

Most creative people are always looking to find a new way of showing something that everyone has seen before. When I ran across this video I can say I never had seen anything like it before.

I have seen numerous extreme downhill skiing videos in the past but never one at night with the skier covered in LED lights.

What's even more impressive yet is they decided to light the mountain with colored wash lights. You read that right- they lit the mountain!! I don't want to hear you complaining next time you have to light a small room you wuss!

To light the mountain they used 8 4K lights, some smaller accent lights and some gels. If you add in their cameras and the octocopter they had they hauled over 9000 pounds of gear to the remote location for the shoot.

The video was filmed in different segments.

The tree segments were filmed in British Columbia whereas the steep skiing, filmed in the Alaskan Range mountains. Apparently these mountains were so remote that it required 5 airplanes to move all the gear just to the basecamp.

From the base camp a helicopter picked up the gear bundles from a long rope decsending from the helicopter. Those gear bundles where then set on four 6-foot by 6-foot plots that had to be dug out on the top of each ridge they wanted to film the skier and the ones they wanted to light.

Please note that once the team was up top it was so steep that any slip would have led to a fatal fall down the mountain.

It took over 2 weeks to move everything into position and get everything set up just right. The actual filming only occurred over a few nights.

Can you imagine the amount of hours just getting everything ready to film? Well as least once it is set up then they can do a couple of runs at it right? Nope. The guides only allowed one run as to not risk an avalanche. So all that pressure for the skier, the camera operators and the producer.

The cost wasn't disclosed but you can count on the fact it wasn't cheap. As they say with big risk comes great rewards. In this case we get to share the rewards and watch this amazing video. Would you have accepted the job?

Happy shooting!

AFTERGLOW – Light suit Segment

 

Via Wired.com:

Lighting up entire mountains was another major undertaking. The team used eight 4,000-watt lights, accented with smaller lights and gels to add contrast and fill. All told, the lighting and filming gear—which included several RED EPIC cameras and an octocopter—weighed 9,000 pounds. Where possible, they ferried all that stuff up the mountain in a helicopter, but there were times when it was loaded into sleds and hauled up by hand.

Light Suit Segment

The tree segments were filmed in British Columbia in late March, and the mountains were tricky, but not impossible, to illuminate. The steep skiing, however, was filmed in mountains of the Alaskan Range in April, and the challenge of lighting up those behemoths verged on ridiculous. The shoots were so far in the backcountry that they needed five airplanes to haul everything in. Once the gear was at a base camp, a helicopter then picked up bundles of gear on a long line and deposited them on four different 6-foot by 6-foot plots that the team had dug out on top of a ridge they wanted to ski and light. Up top it was so steep that a fall off either side could have been deadly.

“We wanted to do whatever we could to push the visual envelope,” Waggoner says, in what is clearly an understatement.

Read full article at Wired.com “What’s Harder Than Skiing at Night in an LED Suit? Filming It”

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(cover photo credit: snap from Wired.com)

Barry Andersson

Barry Andersson is an award-winning director and cinematographer. Mr Andersson takes his real world experiences and shares those images and lessons with everyone from the US Marine Corp combat camera teams, many of the leading teams of the four major sports leagues, leading universities around the US as well as leading productions looking to take advantage of the latest technology.

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Comments

  1. Something I loved to do back in the 50’s… but never at that level. I wish they’d use fewer lights on the suits, which would have defined the body shapes better.

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