PANALUX EXCLUSIVE LIGHTING SUPPLIER FOR BOND ‘SPECTRE’, CONTINUING HISTORY WITH 007
Having historically provided lighting to every James Bond film since 1995’s “GoldenEye”, Panalux were again exclusive suppliers for “Spectre” both in the studio and on location.
LONDON – 02 October 2015 – Panalux, the leading provider of lighting rental equipment for film, television, and media production, were the sole providers of lighting for Spectre, the latest film in the James Bond franchise. Filmed over eight months in more than six UK and overseas locations in addition to several stages at Pinewood Studios, Spectre represented Panalux’s largest-scale project of 2015 in terms of both equipment and logistical support.
'Spectre’ is one of the largest projects Panalux has ever been involved in,” explains Panalux Group Technical Director Chris Millard. “Multiple stages – including the cavernous ‘007’ stage – along with extensive locations ranging from scorching Morocco to the freezing temperatures of Solden in Austria enabled us to demonstrate Panalux’s expert ability to meet the most exacting requirements both on location and in the studio.”
With the largest lighting equipment stock in the UK, Panalux are regular collaborators on big-budget Hollywood feature films and high-end TV shows shot in the UK and throughout Europe, in recent years providing lighting to Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars: Episode VII, as well as currently servicing Game of Thrones and Outlander among several others. Unlike any other major lighting rental company in the UK, Panalux feature an in-house R&D and Product Development department able to customise and build lighting, cable, power generation, rigging and grip accessories from scratch.
For Spectre, Panalux engineers worked closely with the film’s Gaffer David Smith and lighting team to create a specialised control system for location shooting that has since been developed into a formal, proprietary Panalux desk control product to debut for hire to the global industry in 2016.
“It was a pleasure for our Product Development team to have the opportunity to work closely with Gaffer David Smith on a range of custom projects to help in the realisation of this movie,” Chris says. “The benefits and advanced capabilities of our in-house engineers were really showcased with the development and manufacturing of LED lighting solutions and the wireless control of lighting systems for moving vehicles.”
Over the nearly nine months of production, Panalux supplied Spectre with more than 95,000 items from its extensive inventory, including LED and traditional lighting fixtures and many thousands of lengths of cabling. Fifteen Panalux generator vehicles were also required for five weeks of shooting a major action sequence along the Thames River. Filming locations included Austria, Italy, Morocco, and several locations around London.
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