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Litepanels for New US Drama Series

Roger Sassen, gaffer on ‘The Defenders’, demonstrates the Litepanels 1x1

The US-based cinematographer Alan Caso ASC (Lie to Me, Big Love, Trauma) has again chosen LED lights from Litepanels, a Vitec group brand, for his new series ‘The Defenders’. The CBS one-hour drama centers on the personal and professional lives of two very different Las Vegas Lawyers.

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“I’ve been using Litepanels for about four years now,” says Caso. “They are small, compact, and have a lot of punch. They fit into places that other lights of equivalent luminance can’t fit. I have two 1x1 panels and two MiniPlus bricks on ‘The Defenders’, and they are working all the time.”

Space-saving Solution

‘The Defenders’ is not your staid, courtroom-bound legal series. The characters are bigger than life – and that includes the city of Las Vegas and the casinos that are such a big fabric of the town. Caso and company may be shooting flamboyant locations with a lot of flash, but he is always in need of that extra kick or flattering light. “That’s where Litepanels are so important,” he says. “I can get a soft source out of small corners or inside a car. Litepanels are always my saving grace. I remember when we were shooting ‘Trauma’ and we were often in a green screen process helicopter sequences,” he recalls. “Litepanels fit easily in those hard-to-fit areas in the helicopter to provide small source lighting. It worked quite well.”

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About Litepanels

Litepanels’ pioneering, energy efficient LED (light emitting diode) lighting fixtures are popular and valued tools throughout the television, motion picture, and audio-visual industries, thanks to their low power draw, heat-free usage, and soft, directional illumination. Litepanels are renowned for their HD-friendly key and fill lighting, and innovative features such as full range dimming with only minimal effect on color temperature. The ever-growing range of Litepanels products includes: compact MicroPro and MiniPlus on-camera lights, slimline, flat-profile 1x1 fixtures in standard, Bi-Color, or Bi-Focus, Super-Spot, and Low-Profile versions, and LED Ringlites. Litepanels installations are an essential component of the White House and Pentagon Briefing Rooms, the CNN Election Van, KTLA News Helicopter, and television news crews and motion picture studios worldwide. In addition to dozens of industry awards, the company has recently been honored with a Prime Time Engineering Emmy by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Litepanels is a Vitec Group brand.

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