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Wireless DMX to Control Every Light

CRMX and wireless DMX to control all lights on set
Lighting breakdown by Tyler Kaschke, Colorado Gaffer

Look at all these different lights playing nice on the same set 🥰

I guess I’m an iPad kid now. Having one app to control any brand of light wirelessly has been a game changer for my workflow.

Now I can stand at the monitor with the DP and make adjustments on the fly. This is especially helpful on lean crews or when lights are rigged in hard to reach places. How would you even change settings on a Vortex 8 on a menace arm without DMX? A ladder? On a hot set? Yeah right! Wireless DMX and LEDs are the future of our industry. The tech still has a way to go, but we’re making progress 🫡

For the key we used an Aputure 1200D through the Chimera OctaPlus6 with an ezPOP grid to control the spill. I love that modifier because it allows me to put the light slightly higher and angled down, which creates some really pleasing shape on the subject’s face. And using only one stand is a huge bonus with a lean crew.

We placed a 2x2 bead board (aka pizza box) low from the key side to fill in the shadows under the hat. I’ve been doing this with most interview subjects lately because it just makes people look nice.

The LiteMat Spectrum 4 with Snapgrid was our edge for just a little separation.

We put one Astera Titan in each of the horse stalls to bring some life to the background.

A couple Nanlite 60Cs overhead on the benches made some nice pools of light down the center aisle.

All controlled from my iPad via Blackout and my RatPac AKS+ and Cinetenna 2 receivers 🤝

Production @coco_digital

Director @drwclrk

Tyler Kaschke is a freelance gaffer with G&E and grip truck and sprinter van rentals based in Boulder, Colorado and serving Denver, Golden, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs.

For more information about lighting tips and shooting commercials in Colorado, follow me on Instagram @colorado_gaffer 


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