Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

Lighting Spotlight: Gaffer Andrew Taylor

17/05/2022

It's like they are always on standby! Panalux's response is second to none. Gaffer Andrew Tala Taylor has built a solid working relationship with the Panalux family over the past 15 years a span of time that includes Da Vinci's Demons, Horrid Henry, The Game, and the latest Tala-Panalux collaboration, FX Network's 10-part series The Bastard Executioner.

Shot over 16 weeks around the Welsh countryside, The Bastard Executioner crammed together a mega-tight shooting schedule in-studio and on-location that didn't allow for down time or delays, and pushed requests for lighting delivery to the brink. The project was serviced from the Panalux Manchester office under the close watch of Regional Director, Head of TV and Drama John Lawton and Panalux Manchester General Manager Colin Smart.

It wasn't uncommon for me to call John in the very late hours of the evening to request kit for the following day, Tala says of the frequent scene and set amendments. While one location was being shot, the next one was being prepped so production ran as smoothly as possible.

Scene changes became commonplace in part because of unpredictable weather that impacted lighting and rigging set up a familiar phenomenon for a Welsh Gaffer. We could be shooting one scene and suddenly in the space of 20 minutes we had four seasons in a single day, explains Tala. It's no surprise though. That's just the way the weather is in Wales so you just need to roll with it.

For Tala and Panalux, rolling with it meant that new lighting lists were sent over to the Panalux Manchester team during recces for next day delivery, avoiding delays and ensuring that production was still on-track.

We've been in similar situations like this where very last minute requests have come through, so we knew what to expect, Colin explains. It just meant that there was a mad rush both in the office and warehouse to get the kit ready and loaded onto the truck to leave on time for the four-hour drive to Cardiff to guarantee that Tala had the kit.

Equipment for The Bastard Executioner took eight truckloads of studio pre-rigging, including a broad range of Tungsten fixtures and an array of distribution and cabling, an assortment of new Arri M-Series lamps from M800s to M90s and a supplement of Arri-Max 18Ks in the location package, and a bunch of Fresnels. An 18-tonne truck worth of lighting equipment and an 180kW 4x4 generator truck were used on location in addition to seven and a half tonnes of pre-rigging equipment and 100kW of lights. Panalux's brand new 80kW 4x4 generator was called to action for the more difficult of the location shoots.

FIRST CLASS SERVICEDuring the course of shooting, Colin put his 25-years of valuable industry experience to good use coordinating complex logistics and the frequent equipment requests, while John liaised with production. Beyond having regular interaction with John and Colin, Tala has worked, at one point over the years, with more or less everyone in the tight-knit Panalux Manchester operations team from office to warehouse to transportation.

They all have their roles to play and if one of them is off, another will step in and make sure that the job gets done in the best possible way, says Tala, commending the company on an attention to personal service and a dedication to quality work. They go the extra mile and I'm always made to feel welcome at Panalux. The boys will go out of their way to help me find what I'm after.

Panalux's personal service extends well beyond productions. Visits to the Panalux Manchester warehouse have resulted in some important hands-on demo time with the latest kit, including Panalux proprietary products - a worthwhile and welcome experience for Tala and other Gaffers. No Gaffer wants to show up on set and see some kit that they haven't ever seen or heard of before.

Uniquely, Panalux offers Gaffers and other clients the useful opportunity to stop by any of the regional UK offices in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff to try out, play with and familiarise themselves with kit new and old.

While he has historically had the most amount of contact with Panalux Manchester, Tala applauds the company's recent move to open Panalux Wales, predicting that Now that more productions are coming to Wales, it can only benefit production companies knowing that they have the world's largest lighting company on their doorstep. With the help of Panalux and new regional manager Ceiron Jenkins, productions can achieve more with local equipment at local cost.
LINK: https://www.panavision.com/highlights/highlights-detail/andrew-taylor...
See more stories from panavision

Most recent headlines

04/11/2022

Game better with DTS Headphone:X

The best gamers know DTS Headphone:X technology ups their play. Now major magazines have caught on, too. DTS Headphone:X technology creates immersive soundsc...

06/07/2022

L3Harris Sets Date for Second Quarter Earnings Release

MELBOURNE, Fla. - L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) will release financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2022 on Thursday, July 28, 2022. The com...

06/07/2022

Codemill To Demonstrate Latest Updates at NAB

Codemill will be demonstrating the latest features of its Accurate.Video and Cantemo products on its booth (W5411) at NAB Show....

06/07/2022

The Importance of Audio

In the video industry the emphasis is often on the video, whether that is talking about resolution or quality, it plays an important role in everything we do. H...

06/07/2022

Native 26V B-Mount batteries for ARRI Alexa 35

New B-Mount Batteries, Chargers and Camera Brackets Deliver High Power Performance with Anton/Bauer Safety and Reliability4th July 2022Anton/Bauer has expanded ...

06/07/2022

CNBC's Jim Cramer to Move Daily Show to the NYSE Trading Floor

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. CNBC announced today that the networks popular Mad Money with Jim Cramer (M-F, 6PM ET) will move to the New York Stock Exchange this star...

06/07/2022

NCTA Decries Kids TV Regulatory Disparity with OTT

WASHINGTON For several years now cable operators have been arguing that the FCC needs to recognize the shift in childrens video consumption from traditional lin...

06/07/2022

July TV Tech Talk to Discuss Latest Strategies in Digital Content Management

Broadcasters are looking for more effective ways to increase viewer choices through new services and expanding to new markets. In TV Techs July TV Tech Talk, Mo...

06/07/2022

Comscore Appoints Jon Carpenter Chief Executive Officer

RESTON, Va. Comscore's board of directors announced the appointment of Jon Carpenter as as chief executive officer. Having served as the company's chief...

06/07/2022

Intinor debuts new Direkt link compact and introduces new features for existing product range at IBC 2022

Intinor debuts new Direkt link compact and introduces new features for existing ...

06/07/2022

ENCO Acquires TranslateTV for Spanish Captioning/Translation

NOVI, Mich. ENCO has acquired TranslateTV and Sentinel Solutions from Vox Frontera, a Silver Spring, Md.-based provider of televised Spanish language captioning...

06/07/2022

ASG Promotes Paul Weiser to Lead Southwest Sales

EMERYVILLE, Calif. Advanced Systems Group has tapped Paul Weiser, who currently leads the company's field-based marketing activities, to spearhead sales in ...

06/07/2022

Entries open for Rise Awards 2022

A drinks event during IBC Show will reveal the shortlist, with the winners set to be announced on Thursday 10th November at BT Sports Studios By TVBEurope Staf...

06/07/2022

Stranger Things' Season Four Finale on Netflix

The final two episodes in season four of hit drama Stranger Things were released on Netflix July 1. Seven episodes, known as Vol. 1, debuted May 27, and two mor...

06/07/2022

The Princess' Flips the Script on Royal Love Stories

The Princess, a film about a strong-willed royal who refuses to marry the cruel sociopath lined up to be her husband, debuts on Hulu July 1. Joey King plays The...

06/07/2022

ABC News, Writers Guild East Reach Contract Agreement

ABC News's bargaining unit has overwhelmingly agreed to a new three-year contract with the network news outlet that includes pay and pension boosts, accord...

06/07/2022

Netflix App Downloads Drop in June, Analyst Reports

Adding to the signs of tough times at Netflix, analyst Vijay Jayant of Evercore ISI reports that download activity for the streamer's app was down in June....

06/07/2022

Xperi Acquires CTV Software Firm Vewd for $109 Million

TiVo parent company Xperi Holding Corp. said it acquired Vewd Software Holdings Limited for $109 million in cash and debt, a move designed to bolster TiVo as a ...

06/07/2022

The Time Traveler's Wife' Won't See Season Two on HBO

Drama The Time Traveler's Wife will not have a second season on HBO. The show premiered May 15. There were six episodes....

06/07/2022

America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston' on PBS July 5

America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston premieres on PBS July 5. There are six episodes, as Thurston embarks on an adventure-filled journey to explore the div...

06/07/2022

Janai Norman Named Co-Anchor on Weekend Good Morning America'

Janai Norman is the new co-anchor on the Saturday and Sunday Good Morning America: Weekend Edition programs on ABC. She joins Whit Johnson and Eva Pilgrim on th...

06/07/2022

Robert Feder, Chicago News Chronicler, Steps Back

Robert Feder, who has reported on the Chicago media scene for decades, is wrapping up his time at the suburban Chicago news site Daily Herald. His last daily co...

06/07/2022

Future Today Expands Availability of Its Channel-as-a-Service (CaaS) Solution

MENLO PARK, Calif. The ad-supported streaming tech provider Future Today has announced that the availability of its Channel-as-a-Service (CaaS) solution has b...

06/07/2022

Foxtel Deploys TAG IP Monitoring Solution

SYDNEY Foxtel and Magna Systems and Engineering have deployed an IP monitoring solution from TAG Video Systems that the companies are calling the largest soluti...

06/07/2022

Cinegy to Showcase 8k, Cloud Solutions at IBC 2022

AMSTERDAM Cinegy has announced that it will return to IBC 2022 between September 9 and 12 to showcase its portfolio of 8k and cloud-optimized solutions and prov...

06/07/2022

Moon Knight and The Green Knight Cinematography, with Andrew Droz Palermo

Moon Knight and The Green Knight Cinematography, with Andrew Droz Palermo Brie Clayton July 5, 2022 0 Comments Marvel's MOON KNIGHT and A24's T...

06/07/2022

BirdDog Announces Immediate Availability of its Newest NDI PTZ Cameras; BirdDog P110 and P120 Now Shipping

BirdDog Announces Immediate Availability of its Newest NDI PTZ Cameras; BirdDog ...

06/07/2022

nxtedition puts storytelling front and centre with its revolutionary story-focused production automation at IBC 2022

nxtedition puts storytelling front and centre with its revolutionary story-focus...

06/07/2022

Grafica Veneta increases digital printing capacity with Fujifilm's Jet Press 750S

Grafica Veneta increases digital printing capacity with Fujifilm's Jet Press...

06/07/2022

FOR-A to Highlight Partnerships with AMMUX, its Latest FA-1616 Multichannel Processor and NDI capabilities at IBC 2022

This year s stand will also feature FOR-As latest innovations, including support...

06/07/2022

RSVP for Baselight Week Vancouver. August 10

Join us to celebrate colour August 10, 2022 Vancouver, Canada Let's take a break and raise a glass together. Join us between 6-9pm for some drinks and ni...

06/07/2022

Blancco Appoints Jon Mellon as President of Global Sales, Marketing and Field Operations

Home News & Press Blancco Appoints Jon Mellon as President of Global Sales, ...

06/07/2022

Banijay Gives Back to Local Communities

Banijay today kicks off its annual volunteering initiative in the UK and Netherlands, following a successful drive last week in France and Germany. With approxi...

06/07/2022

Banijay's MasterChef Cooks Up Brand-New Iteration MasterChef: Young Talent

Banijay today announces that Viaplay Group has ordered first seasons of MasterChef: Young Talent in Denmark (MasterChef, De Unge Talenter) and Norway (MasterChe...

06/07/2022

WinPlus-IP v.1.12 Upgrade Delivers Greater Flexibility

Latest Version of Industry-Leading WinPlus-IP Prompting Software Introduces Arabic Language for Voice and NDI Support Autoscript, has released an upgrade to ...

06/07/2022

ARRI spotlights commercials and music videos: DP Kanam Onoyama

Both commercials and music videos are fields with high aesthetic stakes. ARRI France dove a bit deeper into these types of productions and first spotlights cine...

06/07/2022

La pub, terrain de jeu cratif : Kanam Onoyama, directeur de la photo

Japonais install depuis quinze ans en France, Kanam Onoyama est venu faire ses tudes de cin ma lESRA, apr s sa licence de litt rature fran aise lUniversi...

06/07/2022

Nielsen report finds underspending in 50% of media plans jeopardizing maximum ROI

Nielsen's global ROI Report delivers insights and recommendations for advert...

06/07/2022

We're are going to Amsterdam

6 July, 2022 Events Press releases Meet us at IBC 2022, at our new stand Hall 1, C65 and experience live the solutions powered by Agama, real-time observabil...

06/07/2022

Misunderstood': Macy Gray responds to backlash following trans remarks

Misunderstood': Macy Gray responds to backlash following trans remarks Just because you go change you parts doesn't make you a woman': Singer Macy G...

06/07/2022

She's a lunatic': Skeem Saam' viewers on Khwezi's SAFTA widow' scene

She's a lunatic': Skeem Saam' viewers on Khwezi's SAFTA widow&...

06/07/2022

Scandal!': Patrick Mofokeng returns as Mlungisi after Lingashoni' ends

Scandal!': Patrick Mofokeng returns as Mlungisi after Lingashoni' ends Seasoned actor Patrick Mofokeng, who plays Mandla Cele in Lingashoni' is re...

06/07/2022

WATCH: Skeem Saam - Tonight's teaser E03 S11

WATCH: Skeem Saam - Tonight's teaser E03 S11Find out what's going on tonight on Skeem Saam! by SA TV and Soapies 06-07-2022 16:00 in SkeemSaam Wed...

06/07/2022

WATCH: Diep City - Tonight's teaser E68 S2

WATCH: Diep City - Tonight's teaser E68 S2We've got you covered on what's happening tonight. by SA TV and Soapies 06-07-2022 16:03 in Soapies ...

06/07/2022

WATCH: Muvhango - Tonight's teaser E392 S22

WATCH: Muvhango - Tonight's teaser E392 S22Don't miss out on the latest drama in Muvhango! by SA TV and Soapies 06-07-2022 16:06 in Muvhango Wedne...

06/07/2022

WATCH: Scandal - Tonight's teaser E69 S14

WATCH: Scandal - Tonight's teaser E69 S14Get to know what's happening on tonight's episode! by SA TV and Soapies 06-07-2022 16:09 in Scandal W...

06/07/2022

WATCH: Uzalo- Tonight's teaser E88 S8

WATCH: Uzalo- Tonight's teaser E88 S8Don't get left behind, catch up on Uzalo now! by SA TV and Soapies 06-07-2022 16:12 in Soapies Wednesday'...

06/07/2022

WATCH: The River - Tonight's teaser E108 S5

WATCH: The River - Tonight's teaser E108 S5Watch tonight's episode of The River and catch the latest episode every weekday at 20:00 on 1 Magic, don'...

06/07/2022

Hip-hop on top: Boity ready to release new music for fans [watch]

Hip-hop on top: Boity ready to release new music for fans [watch]After releasing her Sama-nominated EP 4436' in 2020, Boity is ready to release new music f...

06/07/2022

WATCH: Gomora - Tonight's teaser E53 S3

WATCH: Gomora - Tonight's teaser E53 S3Don't miss out on what's happening on tonight's episode of Gomora, and watch the latest episode every wee...