Blind Spot Gear, the Scottish moviemaking team behind the successful 2014 Kickstarter campaign for The Scorpion Light has launched another campaign to produce an equally innovative, powerful and portable light, The Tile Light.
The Scorpion is based on the now familiar LED light technology. The Tile Light, on the other hand, uses an even newer LED-based lighting technology, Single Emitting Surface aka SES.
Where the Scorpion is heavily directional, small, powerful and comes with miniature barndoors to shape its output, the Tile Light produces super soft light that does not need diffusion to take the edge off.
The Tile Light Kickstarter Campaign Details:
- Campaign Page URL – The Tile Light Pocket-sized, Premium Film Lighting
- Goal – US$24,674
- Pledged at time of writing – US$26,367
- Closing date & time – Sunday, December 6 2015 at 3:30am AEDT.
I have not, alas, been lucky enough to lay hands (or eyes) upon either light but cinematographer Dan Chung of News Shooter certainly has. Go to ‘Blindspot’s Tile Light with single surface emitting technology launched on Kickstarter’ for his assessment based on a prototype of the Tile Light.
I can see plenty of uses for both lights, used separately or together. The Scorpion reminds me somewhat of the Heath Robinson-style rigs I used to construct out of directional torches aka flash lights for when I tired of carrying big flash units and cameras, shooting portraits for magazines with my Leicas and continuous light instead.
The Tile Light is a big evolutionary jump forward from the very first rectangular LED lights I bought years ago, the Tecpro Fillini on-camera light. My two Fillinis are still earning their keep though, mounted on GorillaPod Magnetic tripods for shooting instructional videos in one of our home studios.
The Tile Light looks terrifically versatile by comparison, able to be assembled into multi-tile rigs like the ring light assembled from six Tile Lights and the Petal circular bracket. The Tile Light’s Kickstarter page hints at other possible rigs based on the lights, such as lanterns aka space lights to light up a room.
Dan Chung may be comparing the Tile Light with similar portable, affordable LED lights like the Rotolight Neo, the Litepanels Brick and the Cineroid LM400 soon and I am looking forward to his verdict. I am not familiar with the Cineroid or Litepanels lights, but I have a Neo 3 Light Kit and love its quality and high TLCI color rendition.
One or two Tile Lights, like the Scorpion lights, look like very handy items to carry in your backpack as well as assembled into a multi-light location kit in their own hard case. It appears that Blind Spot Gear may be using the same great little flight case as Rotolight does for its Neo 3-light kit. The Neo's wheel-equipped hard case is about the same size as my f-stop gear Satori backpack and is manageable even on public transport despite its weight when fully-laden.
The Blind Spot Gear team members – which includes one multiple BAFTA and Kodak award-winner – clearly know what they are doing and I would have no hesitation in pledging to the Tile Light campaign. Given its small size, low weight and high output, throwing one or two Tile Lights into a backpack or location case could be a lifesaver. The same applies to the Scorpion. [bctt tweet=”Pledge now: another amazing, powerful movie light from Blind Spot Gear, closing December 6.”]
The Tile Light : Pocket-sized, Premium Film Lighting
The Tile Light is perfect for remote locations, adventure filming, cinematography, product reviews, bloggers, video marketing…the list goes on. Pocket-sized and hand luggage friendly, this feather-weight contender can go with you anywhere.
The Tile Light is ideal for Three Point Lighting Technique – a standard method used in film and stills photography. It’s a simple but versatile way to create gorgeous lighting.
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Check out The Tile Light: Pocket-sized, Premium Film Lighting at their Kickstarter Campaign page
(cover photo credit: snap from Kickstarter)