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China Ball On A Battery

>Published : 4th April 2007

>Has anybody put a china ball with up to 500 w bulb on a battery before at the end of a boom arm or something similar for mobile situations? If so can they shed light on how they did it.

Thanks

Matthew Woolf
NYC DP


>Matthew Woolf wrote :

class="style2">>>Has anybody put a china ball with up to 500 w bulb on a battery >>before at the end of a boom arm or something similar for mobile >>situations?

>Talk to James at www.Jemlighting.com he is the Jem ball man and has done most everything.

>Ed Barger
BARGER-BAGLITE


>What batteries are you pulling 500 w out of for any time, and still maintaining mobility?

>I did this for some steadicam shots with battery powered kinos on the end of a boom but they don't draw the wattage you are talking about.

>Mark Smith
Oh Seven Films
143 Grand St
Jersey City, NJ 07302
201 200 0273
917 406 6157


>For About a Girl I used a K5600 400W Joker in a China Ball running off a Lightning Strikes battery on a trolley, assistants just dragged the trolley along.

>It's in use on 90%+ of the shots.

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>Cheers

>Geoff Boyle FBKS
Director of Photography
EU Based
www.cinematography.net


>A 400 watt Joker/Bug on a Jem Ball with the Liberty Lithium Battery Belts will burn for about two hours!

>Mike Ambrose
Gaffer
LA Based


class="style2">>> Re: china ball on a battery

>Matthew,

>For the film 'Monster' we put a china-ball on the end of a poll on the dolly during the skating rink scene. We used a 4D size battery (very large boat or truck battery) and an inverter with a paper lantern and a 500w globe (probably an ECT). If you need to hand-hold the paper lantern, such as in a 'walk and talk' situation, and can't have any cable to the light, I find it best to use a Jem-Ball with a 200watt or 400watt Joker-Bug, slimverter, and battery belt, all slid into a backpack. The Joker-Bug usually has a CTO glass if you need to be tungsten balanced, and bobinette is usually good if it's too bright. Hope that helps.

>A note about the battery: Any large auto-type battery will work, but the best is some sort of sealed gel-cell, as auto or marine batteries can be dangerous - flammable hydrogen fumes and spillable battery acid among them.

>Ted Hayash
CLT
Los Angeles, CA or anywhere else I'm invited
888-346-9757


class="style2">>>What batteries are you pulling 500 w out of for any time, and still >>maintaining mobility?

>I've run up to 1.2k HMI on batteries and inverters on trolleys.

>Dan Bronks
DP
UK


 

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