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SIC Preview: Color Correction Laboratory: Metal Halide Fixtures

written by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

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You will learn:

  • How to use industrial practical lights in a cinematic way.
  • The difference between the spot and floor sports fixtures.
  • Understanding the different styles of fixtures.
  • Understanding the light quality of the fixtures.
  • How to color correct the light for cinematic use.
  • Utilizing a Sekonic C-700 Meter on set to hit your color mark.
  • Learning ways to manipulate the light.

Metal halide lamps have been utilized in various applications like commercial settings, industrial parks, parking lots, sporting arenas, and retail stores since the 1960s. They have become a very distinct light speckling the world’s landscape.

Shane Hurlbut, ASC breaks down one of his favorite lights in which he used on 12 different feature films. This sport fixture carries a natural look, which he shows you how to manipulate and make “cinema-ready” for upcoming productions. This will be another light you can throw into your arsenal!

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Joe Orlandi October 1, 2016 at 4:06 PM

Hey Shane, the CRI on these are very low, 60 and 65, which you can tell right away because they still don’t show clean white to the RED sensor even when the meter is reading it as matching around 5500k. There are a lot of gaps in the spectrum. These don’t seem workable as key lights for accurate skin tone, they seem to look good for doing very warm or very cool light, but do you ever use this to produce clean whites? Curious what you usually use these for, I saw you use them for a warm window gag once, which technically was the key light, but never saw the quality in 4K. Would love to know more examples of what you use these lights for.

Shane Hurlbut, ASC December 19, 2016 at 6:24 PM

I use them for many situations. I love the natural color of these fixtures. Let’s see, I have used them on over 12 of my feature films, not lookinf for clean white light with these fixtures. I am using them to produce the color that the light exhibits.


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