HOW TO CONVERT YOUR LIGHT STAND INTO A ROTOLIGHT STAND ADAPTER
Jet Slade is an independant film directed, produced, written, filmed and edited by myself.
When working on a project like Jet Slade with limited funds, you have to think and come up with ideas, and ways on how to get the scene/shot you want, and here's just one of the ideas I came up with...
Jet Slade is a very dark and moody film with lots of low light scenes. I still needed to capture the quality as best as I could, but there are some locations that don't have an electricity supply... So what do you do? You're stuck!!! Unless you have a generator (fuel) or battery powered lighting system. But all of this can be expensive and very heavy too, especially if you're working with a small and limited crew.
I needed something very light, easy to carry but durable at the same time... This is what I came up with and where the Rotolight really 'shines!'
HERE ARE A FEW EASY STEPS TO GET YOU STARTED:
You will need the following:
Umbrella, white, silver or gold. Light stand, Rotolight and a threaded camera mount screw adapter.
Next you will need an electric drill, a size 6 drill bit and a small Phillips screw driver.
Remove the light adapter from the light stand.
Remove the pivot head from the light adapter.
You can now remove all of the x6 screws (this depends on your adapter) from the adapter.
Once you have removed all of the small screws from the side of the adapter, carefully open.
(MAKE SURE AT THIS POINT AND ALL TIMES THAT YOUR ADAPTER IS NOT CONNECTED TO THE MAINS!)
You can now remove the switch, wires and connector plate from the adapter.
Place both sides of the adapters together, mark your drill point and drill a hole in the centre.
Use a couple of screws to hold the sides together while you drill the hole.
Once you have drilled the hole, remove the screws and test fit the threaded mount.
Once everything is correct, remove the threaded screw mount and replace the connector. You will need some insulation tape and a pair of scissors for this next step.
Place some insulation tape over the connector like so:
Also, place some insulation tape on the end of the threaded mount like so:
Insert the screw adapter into position (make sure the metal from the bulb plate is not touching the metal of the screw) and add the other side of the bulb adapter. Screw the sides together.
It should look like this:
Remove the shoe adapter from the Rotolight and attach it to the light adapter and adjust and tighten it so it's facing the correct way.
Fit your Rotolight, it should look like this:
Reattach the light adapter to it's stand, it should look like this:
Attach your umbrella (using a silver reflector), and adjust to the desired position/angle.
Below are a couple of shots with the lights fully turned off, the batteries were going in the Rotolight but as you can see, you now have a mobile Rotolight Stand!
You can still use the light stand as normal with a bulb attached if need be, whenever there is a power point available.
Make sure you have an understanding of working with electrical tools and are familiar with working with electrics. If unsure, please use the help of a professional to carry out this procedure!
I hope you liked this tutorial and if it helps in any way, please share and support my film project
'Jet Slade', thanks.