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Production

Lighting on HD TV Shows

For night exteriors, Decca used ARRI 18Ks and 12Ks. “I’d [also] have three or four Condors most of the times, so I’d use a lot of those lights spread around,” he says. For day exteriors, Decca used very little fill light. “I’d just take advantage of the extreme dynamic range this camera has, which is almost film-like, and used bounces to reflect.” And for small interiors, he always likes to use Kino Flo ParaBeams. “I had several units of those that Paskal Lighting brought from L.A. just for this show...

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HD Cinematography on "Inside the Box"

DP Lex DuPont is a highly experienced veteran of broadcast shows and lists among his credits “Saving Grace,” “Lincoln Heights,” “Raines,” and eight seasons of “NYPD Blue.” His recent work for ABC includes the show “Private Practice” and a pilot for the new one-hour drama “Inside the Box.”

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Audio Workflow on HD Shows

When Erik Magnus, CAS interviewed with the producers of the TNT show “Leverage,” he heard that they wanted to do things a bit differently. “They wanted an in-house workflow, and that meant they wanted to use HD all the way,” he says. “It was shot with up to three RED cameras, and I recorded the audio digitally on a Fostex DV824 multitrack DVD-RAM recorder.”

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Behind the Scenes of "Harper's Island"


Cinematographer Rob McLachlan, ASC, CSC worked on "Harper’s Island,” which was conceived by Executive Producer Jon Turteltaub, who directed the pilot episode. It was produced as a co-venture...

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Capturing Sound on Reality TV Shows

Production sound mixers working on any kind of shoot are destined to find situations that are less than acceptable, but the brave souls who work on reality television shows have to be the unluckiest of the bunch. The job challenges they face are countless, and include talent not trained in the art of talking into a microphone; hostile and uncontrollable locations; and on-the-move shoots where one must always be camera-ready..

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