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Rotolight Anova Pro LEDs shipping with updated feature set

The Anova Pro, from British LED lighting company Rotolight, is now shipping with an enhanced feature set for use in studios and on location. Featuring five patented effects, the Anova Pro includes CineSFX, which provides customizable cinematic lighting, including common effects like fire, lightning, TV, film, neon and spark simulation, and more novel effects, such as police, paparazzi and gunshot visual effects. CineSFX can now be used with a wired remote trigger for wireless as well.

The light also includes FX Slave, enabling CineSFX effects to be slaved to up to 512 third-party light sources in realtime with zero latency; True Aperture Dimming, which calculates and displays F-stop for a subject at a given distance; Designer Fade, which provides custom fade up/down production effects; and High Speed Sync Flash, providing a powerful HSS flash with zero recycle time at 150 percent of the maximum continuous light output for traditional photographic workflows.

DP Roy H. Wagner, ASC, on set, with the Rotolight, and his dog!

Recently, DP Roy H. Wagner, ASC, (Ray Donovan, Elementary, House) met a long-term goal using a Rotolight system. “I’ve often spoken of simplicity of image creation and had wished to do a feature with just one light and one lens. Of course, this seldom happens, but I was given the encouragement to do just that on an independent feature, Trouble Sleeping. I chose the Rotolight system to pursue this goal for it had proven to me that it could accurately reproduce the color and power that I needed.

“It survived the rough handling of the everyday professional production crews who have very little time to ‘baby’ any equipment, and it was easily controllable from the back of the unit or from my iPhone,” he continues. “LED lighting is also very tough on actors’ eyes, but Rotolight has found a way of filtering that notch of blue wavelength that is harsh and difficult on the eyes. My crew was also pleased with how easily controlled and mounted the units are.”

VFX house Stargate Studios names Thayer Jester VP of biz dev

VFX and production house Stargate Studios has brought on Thayer Jester as VP of Business Development. Jester’s responsibilities will include developing new business opportunities and strategic relationships for Stargate in the North American market.

Jester’s 15-year career in the entertainment industry includes executive positions at Ascent Media Group and The Image Resolution where she was responsible for developing and securing new accounts with clients such as Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount, Columbia Tri-Star, Lionsgate Entertainment and NBC Universal.

“I look forward to leveraging my many years of sales, business development and marketing background in helping the further expansion of this global company,” reports Jester. “My initial focus is to support the already solidified relationships that Stargate has created while cultivating new market opportunities for future revenue growth. My new role will also enable me to pursue my true passion, which is visual effects.”

Current projects at the studio include The Walking Dead in Atlanta; Grey’s Anatomy, House of Lies and Ray Donovan in Los Angeles and 12 Monkeys and Haven in Toronto.  In London, the studio is working on Apocalypse Slough and in Malta the popular Spanish series El Principe is in production. Stargate Mexico recently opened to work on Queen of the South.