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29/11/2012

Rotolight Light Selected For Tom Hanks Movie 'Captain Phillips'

The Rotolight RL48 Ringlight has been used on the set of the latest multi million dollar feature 'Captain Philips' (2013) starring Tom Hanks.
Shot on location down narrow corridors of ships, the RL48’s were the perfect light of choice for Award Winning Cinematographer Barry Ackroyd, Director of Photography for the Hurt Locker, that won 6 Oscars including 'Best Picture', beating James Cameron’s Avatar. Ackroyd utilized the Rotolight RL48’s portability and versatility as Chief lighting Gaffer, Harry Wiggins (The Iron Lady, Green Zone) explains.
"We shot Captain Phillips on different ships all over the world and there was one light we always took with us – the Rotolight."
Perfectly-sized and with a built-in gel kit, it was my get-out-of jail card and always right there on my belt. "It was neat, punchy and saved time by the bucket load: small enough to hide behind an existing fitting to boost it, powerful enough to key on it’s own. When we wanted that little bit extra, wherever we wanted it and at whatever temperature we wanted it – clunk! Rotolight."
'Captain Philips', Directed by Paul Greengrass (Bourne series, Green Zone) is based on the true-life story of Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), taken hostage by Somali pirates on board of the famous freight ship Maersk Alabama. The Rotolight’s were also very popular with the crew and cast in particular.
"The rotolights were very busy and very popular. They always drew impressed glances and expressions of amazement from cast and crew everywhere in the world," said Harry Wiggins Chief Lighting Gaffer.
(GK)
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