Rotolight on board Tom Hanks ‘Captain Phillips’ Feature

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PRESS RELEASE (10/7/2013) – Based within the prestigious Pinewood Film Studios complex is a UK SME that’s lighting up the world. This family business has received commendation from both government offices and its banks for high exports and growth at a time when economies are still in the red. But even more outstanding than this the company has won a fist full of awards for its advancement of this industry sector both in the UK, USA and Europe. It’s products have been featured on both TV and in cinema and most recently orders are coming in from eco focussed TV studios wanting to take advantage of these unique LED lights.  Their Rotolight Anova range with patent and IP reduces heat and power usage by 95%, it’s controlled by iphone or ipad and has an award winning app which replaces the need for an expensive lighting desk.  Over 250 lights can be control by wifi or controlled separately or in groups. To describe just one key feature would show how outstanding these lights are but they have multiple award winning features and the power saving and ECO credentials are more than significant. TV studios will be queuing up for the power saving alone will pay for the switch over, let alone the comfort to actors not having to bake under intense lights.  Go to www.rotolight.com.  Those in the know have be drawn to the lights like a moth to a flame.

Most recently their smaller light the Rotolight RL48 has been used to light the latest multi-million dollar feature ‘Captain Philips’ starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Keener, set to hit cinema’s world-wide on October 11th 2013! Rotolight are proud to announce the Rotolight RL48 Ringlight was “star of the show” on set of the new movie Directed by Paul Greengrass (Bourne Ultimatum, Green Zone, United 93).  

 Ten Rotolight’s were chosen for use on the feature by Barry Ackroyd, BAFTA winner and Oscar nominated Cinematographer for ‘Hurt Locker’ (2008), which beat James Cameron’s Avatar to 6 Oscars including ‘Best Picture’. Ackroyd chose the Rotolight RL48’s for their unrivalled portability and versatility on set, as chief lighting gaffer, Harry Wiggins (Rush, 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’, 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 extremely popular with the cast and crew 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”. Harry Wiggins Chief Lighting Gaffer.

 So who is Rotolight?  They are a  world leader in LED Lighting technology, Rotolight Ltd, is a family run company based at Pinewood Film Studios, England. The Rotolight Magic Eye App and Anova LED Floodlight won the highly prestigious 2013 British Kinematograph, Sound & Television Society (BKSTS) Special Award for Scientific Achievement and Technical Innovation, that has contributed to the advancement of the industries served by the Society, as well as the Cinec Special Award 2012 for Technical Achievement and Innovation.

The Magic Eye App by Rotolight is a creative lighting control Application for the ANOVA LED Flood light that provides a simple ‘DMX Console’ user interface and advanced feature set enabling wireless remote control of brightness, colour temperature and systems settings via iPhone or iPad devices. The ‘Magic Eye HD’ lighting controller APP has also recently been updated to version 2.1 for the iPad and will control up to 256 ANOVA’s wirelessly, giving filmmakers a powerful yet incredibly compact mobile lighting control system for location shoots.

The Magic Eye App includes a world first innovation that allows you to accurately sample both the colour temperature and intensity of ambient light using any iPhone or iPad and wireless transmit and recall settings across the world which the Rotolight ANOVA will then accurately reproduce. This revolutionary technology will enable consistent synchronization of colour both on location and in the studio.  

Very rarely does a small SME cut it on the world stage but this business deserves every success.  Their products save energy, virtually no heat output (air con savings), wifi controlled, patent technology, award winning app controller than can control 250 lights simultaneously.  Smart fade to back, and infinite time saving features on the app, instantaneously re-call lighting sessions on different movies or shoots.  Simply incredible,  and they look so great tv production companies have been keeping them ‘in shot’.   What can I say, if you dont know about them, you should do. www.rotolight.com

Other awards include : *TVB-Europe – Editors’ Awards – Best of IBC*, *Macworld – Editors’ Choice – Five Stars ***** ” , “TV-Bay Award – Best Camcorder Lighting Product* “British Journal Of Photography Magazine – Best Value LED Lighting Product’

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