12 Hints to Finding the Perfect Film Equipment Rental House

Getting your project greenlit is not the end of a stressful process, it’s merely the beginning of what could be a much more stressful one. Finding a film equipment rental house that understands the unique needs and demands of your production can be a daunting task, even for producers and filmmakers with several credits on their résumé. The rental house you choose to furnish your film equipment rental package is as important as the contents of that package. So here are 12 tips to help you make the right choice:
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Litepanels LED Lighting

Litepanels has changed the way people think about LED (light emitting diode) production lighting.  With Litepanels 1×1 and Miniplus lighting fixtures, we see the highly mobile, yet powerful output that makes Litepanels an ideal option for everything from studio setups to documentary shoots and beyond.

Available in 5600K and 3200K temperatures, the Litepanels 1×1 is an absolute workhorse.  Whether you’re key lighting a news anchor or filling the shadows on a daytime exterior, the Litepanels 1×1 is a friend you can rely on.  Lightweight a …

TYE Studios and Moving Picture – Canon/Broncolor Event

Moving Picture recently had the pleasure of participating in the TYE Studios Canon/Broncolor event.  TYE owner Donna Peplin and her staff of seasoned professionals opened their doors to local, South Florida still photography enthusiasts for an informative day of equipment demonstrations and artistic discussion.

[caption id="attachment_303" align="alignleft" width="250"] Model Suzanny Cardoso in our continuous lighting setup at TYE Studios.[/caption]

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Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Mini Converter

Blackmagic Design’s HDMI to SDI Mini Converter makes HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) workflow easier than ever.  Popular DSLR cameras like the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon EOS 7D feature HDMI ports that allow for seamless integration with the latest audio/video devices.  This relatively new digital alternative to analog connections has added to camera versatility but also limited options for video playback.  The Blackmagic HDMI to SDI converter widens the possibilities for DSLR cameras, creating SDI outputs from an HDMI sourc …

ARRI Alexa Showcased at CSC Florida


ARRI CSC Florida opened their doors to unveil the new ARRI Alexa this past weekend.  This great event showcased the stunning engineering and versatility of ARRI’s latest addition to the film and video market.  Garnering the attention of South Florida’s seasoned film industry professionals, many experienced camera assistants and directors of photography came out to catch a glimpse of the Alexa at work.  Veteran first assistants Andy Fischer and Steve Ciffone, along with luminaries like Bart Tau (DP), were among the crowd.

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The California Sunbounce Pro

The California Sunbounce Pro is a convenient and efficient solution for many lighting situations.  Consisting of tightly stretched fabric with two variant sides, zebra (a herringbone pattern of silver and gold) and white, the Sunbounce Pro can function as a reflector, diffuser, or shade.  Reflection of light from the zebra side reduces temperature by 400 degrees Kelvin (5000 Kelvin light is reduced to 4600 Kelvin when reflected).  Especially helpful when filming outside, the Sunbounce Pro can easily be handheld or c-stand mounted. With a col …

Florida Film Festivals

A producer’s job doesn’t end with the wrap party.  Keeping a finger on the pulse of the film festival circuit is an essential part of the process.  With the number of active festivals growing all the time, this can become extremely overwhelming.  For that reason, we’ve created a list of all the upcoming Florida film festival deadlines.  Good luck!


Global Peace Film Festival

Orlando, Florida

September 21-26, 2010


Regular Deadline: Passed

Late Deadline: May 21

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ARRI introduced its new ARRI M18, an 1800W SE HMI, at last year’s NAB convention in Las Vegas.  Having become available this past summer, the M18 has proven itself as a versatile and efficient lighting system.  With an average lamp life of 750 hours and a tagline as “the brightest HMI you can plug into the wall,” the M18 combines convenience with dependability.

The M18 combines elements of PAR and Fresnel optics to spread an even beam of “TrueBlue” light that is adjustable from 20-60 degrees.  This lens-less system provides an i …

The Redrock DSLR Cinema Bundle

The Redrock DSLR Cinema Bundle enables cinema-style shooting with cameras that are otherwise limited due to size and design.  DSLR cameras such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon 7D boast a number of benefits (excellent image quality, low light shooting, etc) but are less than ideal for handheld shooting.  The Redrock DSLR rig solves this problem.

The Redrock Cinema Bundle features a protective and stabilizing microSupport cage built from carbon fiber rods (easily disassembled for storage).  A padded shoulder mount, including front han …

The Steadicam Pilot

For decades, filmmaking and massive budgets have been wed to one another.  With the invention and evolution of digital video, the floodgates of quality, yet low cost production have opened.  Emerging from the waves of this revolution is the Steadicam Pilot, a newly accessible and functional version of the device that has been beyond the reach of low budget cinema for so long.

[caption id="attachment_187" align="alignleft" width="180"] Mike McGowan SOC loves the Steadicam Pilot: “It performs like a much larger, more expensive sled. If I were …