Kobold Lighting gave us a chance to try out their all-weather 200 Watt and 800 Watt HMI lights.
According to our director, Snehal Patel, the HMIs ran cool.In the picture below, Jefferson is holding the 200W light in place for a jewelry store scene. This light was key for a number of shots where we needed balanced daylight in a small package.
The 800W was really useful as a mock helicopter light for a motorcycle chase scene. The HMI was mounted on the front of the process trailer provided by Camera Car Industries and was swung back and forth to mimic a helicopter searchlight. As you can see from the pic of Kavi and Ravi on the motorcycle, the 800W was powerful but had a clean look. The ballasts also performed really well. Snehal reports, "They powered the lights with a low current draw and absolutely no noise. The color temperature of the lights was spot-on and the construction is hardy and made for heavy production usage."