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Tom Hanks’ Captain Phillips features Rotolight

26 July 2013
Tom Hanks’ Captain Phillips features Rotolight

Rotolight equipment was chosen by cinematographer Barry Ackroyd for use in Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass. Ten Rotolight RL48s were used on the feature, which is set for international release on 11 October.

Ackroyd, who received an Oscar nomination for Hurt Locker (2008), selected Rotolight  RL48s due to their portability on set. Chief lighting gaffer, Harry Wiggins explained, “ 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 Phillips is based on the real life story of Captain Richard Phillips, taken hostage by Somali pirates on board the freight ship Maersk Alabama. The Rotolights impressed both cast and crew, according to Wiggins: “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.”

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