Fiilex Lights Fill 'You or a Loved One'

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Directed by Matt Mercer, the independent film You or a Loved One was shot by cinematographer Patrick McGinley, who relied solely Fiilex P360 lights. “We had eight of them,” McGinley explains. “Typically we keyed with just one, most often a bounce light. I would add a second light if I wanted to accent something, and we did a lot of bouncing with the [P360’s] umbrella adapter. Once I discovered how nice that was on close-ups, it became my go-to thing, bringing the umbrella in close for a big, soft look.

“I used the softbox that comes in the kit as well,” the cinematographer continues. “We used a China ball with two P360s—one through each hole with the dome diffusers. That gave us a powerful, bright, soft light. The quality of the light it put out was great.”

McGinley notes that because the film was shot in many mixed-light locations, “Fiilex came in very handy with being able to change the color on the fly. I didn’t have to hang gels if the scene felt like it needed a little warmth to it. I could just dial in the lights a little bit. The lighting in the movie is very natural looking and complements the existing light.”

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