“The effects are great to work with,” she continues. “We had two fast strobes going off at once, which we used for the slow-motion sequences, for example. There’s no way I could used any other lighting fixture to capture the color and timing. Using the SkyPanels in this experimental way was fun and special.” Sekizawa and her lighting team were able to use an iPad and small Wi-Fi router to control the production’s two SkyPanel S120-Cs remotely. The project also used three ARRI L7-Cs and two L5-Cs.
The crew built a set around a Butoh dancer who – via the composited elements – is interacting with time. “The SkyPanel features were used to explore the concept of time through color, movement and stillness,” she says. “Other brands’ continuous lighting fixtures have bad fall-off, but that’s not the case with SkyPanels. With SkyPanels, it’s very easy to control color and intensity, and the quality of the light is really nice.”
“The Dance” can be found on Sekizawa’s website and on Vimeo. “Many people are unaware of the historical contribution of Japanese women to Japanese culture, and I wanted to break down the traditional and conservative stereotypes,” she says. “I love how SkyPanels helped me tell that story.”
The ARRI SkyPanel S120-C is fully tuneable from 2,800K to 10,000K, offers a vibrant color selection (RGB+W color gamut) and high color rendering as well as large aperture (1290x300mm). The fixture is ideal for vertical lighting and also offers low power consumption (400 W Nominal), output that is brighter than 2KW tungsten soft light, and fully dimmable from 0 to 100%.
Photos: Zen Sekizawa