François Xavier Le Reste

François-Xavier Le Reste is a French DP who worked mostly on short movies, commercials and music videos. Recently, he shot a new TV series with K5600 equipment, "Bang Bang," a western style comedy TV series.

"The challenge of this project was to make a real humoristic western series while respecting this genre’s image quality and style. It was a real challenge for me, but a great chance for a first TV series. I chose to light the inside scenes from the outside for aesthetical reasons, but it also allowed us to have more space for the actors and to move the cameras around. For the scenes outside, I needed a powerful light source to replace the sun if the weather was changing. The budget didn’t allow for a generator during the shoot. So I needed a big light that could be run on a temporary plug-in system, which only allowed 63 amps. The Alpha 9K fulfilled these requirements. On all of my shoots, I use the full range of Jokers for their versatility (PAR, Chimera, Softube, Jo-Leko). But for a big light source, I used to choose Pars, probably out of habit. The Alpha 9K reminded me of how much I enjoy working with a Fresnel fixture : quality of the shadows, the direct lighting of the faces without gels, the beauty of the beam through the smoke (a must for this genre)... I’ve been particularly impressed by the light output of the Alpha 9K, which seems to be better than a 12K. The ignition of a 9K on a 63 Amp cable is a discovery for me. Another advantage : the small size and the light weight. The pace of a series shoot is intense : thanks to its design, the Alpha 9K can be easily moved or rigged rapidly on stands. No need to have three people for that. I can’t wait to use it in other configurations : in Open Face, for indirect lighting in an Ultra Bounce, or for a High Speed commercial... I hope I’ll have this opportunity soon !"

Gaffer : Alexis Grahovac - Producer : Erwan Marinopoulos - Production : Skits and Telfrance - Equipment supplied by TSF and Cine Lumière de Paris

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