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High Performance Lighting
06-03-2007, 10:39 PM
Well folks I can now consider myself in the class of Nightscapes Paul. My lights have appeared on a nationally televised program. This evenings season ending episode of Entourage. Turtle and Matt Dillon's brother pull up to a condo building in LA. This building is the Country Club Manor in the Hancock park section of Los Angeles. The same country club Manor where I installed an extensive lighting system 1 1/2 yrs ago. It is a historic building. As they stroll towards the door and past some established Italian cypress trees and underplanted impatiens. if you have a keen eye (Tivo helps so you can slow it down) You will see my up lights in the planter beds. Now I know the exilliaration paul felt. In light of recent devolopments on this site there are some whom may think this is a joke. Absolutely not I promise. How proud I am.

Mike M
06-04-2007, 04:52 AM
You will see my up lights in the planter beds.

Sure, but was the install a donation?

David Gretzmier
06-04-2007, 10:36 AM
mike g- congrats on your work getting shown on TV ! gotta figure though, you working 17 years working in hollywoodland, , maybe this has happened before and you might not know? SO...- gonna mention this on your website? " as seen on TV " !

steveparrott
06-04-2007, 02:33 PM
Mike, it says a lot that the film crew liked your lighting job enough so they didn't see the need to add lights themselves.

Did you ever think of marketing yourself as a lighting specialist for landscapes and architecture for Hollywood? Most films do a terrible job of lighting landscapes for night scenes. I did this work for many years, it's very gratifying and profitable.

Others might consider this track, especially if you live in a film-friendly region like NY, LA or Toronto. Doing some outdoor event lighting would be a good place to start. Of course marketing and getting good connections are key.

Frog Lights, LLC
06-04-2007, 05:37 PM
That's really cool !

High Performance Lighting
06-04-2007, 09:21 PM
Mike, it says a lot that the film crew liked your lighting job enough so they didn't see the need to add lights themselves.

Did you ever think of marketing yourself as a lighting specialist for landscapes and architecture for Hollywood? Most films do a terrible job of lighting landscapes for night scenes. I did this work for many years, it's very gratifying and profitable.

Others might consider this track, especially if you live in a film-friendly region like NY, LA or Toronto. Doing some outdoor event lighting would be a good place to start. Of course marketing and getting good connections are key.

Steve unfortunately it was a day scene and no one would ever know they were my lights or that I did the work. I was shocked to see them drive up to my project on the show and made this post as 1/2 a joke since unless you have tivo and could slow down the scene you wouldn't even be able to see that there were any lights there at all. Anyway that's my 15 second claim to fame. I think my wife was impressed though. Nah on second thought I don't think so.

High Performance Lighting
06-04-2007, 09:43 PM
Sure, but was the install a donation?

No it wasn't a donation, but then I don't have to chase after dead end, do it yourselfer leads, to stay busy.

High Performance Lighting
06-04-2007, 11:39 PM
Mike, it says a lot that the film crew liked your lighting job enough so they didn't see the need to add lights themselves.

Did you ever think of marketing yourself as a lighting specialist for landscapes and architecture for Hollywood? Most films do a terrible job of lighting landscapes for night scenes. I did this work for many years, it's very gratifying and profitable.

Others might consider this track, especially if you live in a film-friendly region like NY, LA or Toronto. Doing some outdoor event lighting would be a good place to start. Of course marketing and getting good connections are key.

Regarding the lighting of on location movie sets. I'm not sure how the set lighting guys in the teamsters union would appreciate it. I might end up in cement shoes, I think there is opportunity for temporary outdoor event or party lighting though. This is how F.B. Nightingale (Kim lighting) started and it evolved into permanent Garden lighting which he pioneered in the early
1900's. . I do have several clients who are in the movie and television industry and they usually make for great clients. They also throw some unbelievable parties at their homes. I've had the opportunity to meet and speak with celebrities who through any other avenues I would not have gotten the opportunity to interact with. Especially those whose careers are not exactly hot. They assume if your at the party you are someone who can possibly get them work. You just don't make the mistake of telling them your the guy who lit the place. Otherwise when you turn for a second and then turn back you'll find your talking to yourself.

Mike M
06-05-2007, 08:06 PM
I don't have to chase after dead end, do it yourselfer leads, to stay busy.

I will stop wasting my time and begin watching more television. What time does Entourage come on? Can I use tivo to zoom in on your name on those light fixtures? That would be awesome.

Mike

High Performance Lighting
06-05-2007, 08:42 PM
I will stop wasting my time and begin watching more television. What time does Entourage come on? Can I use tivo to zoom in on your name on those light fixtures? That would be awesome.

Mike


Why don't you do that if that would make you less angry and bitter wiseguy.

Mike M
06-05-2007, 10:08 PM
Why don't you do that if that would make you less angry and bitter wiseguy.

I'm not bitter. But I do get angry a lot. I will seek anger management counseling.

Hey, but seriously, that guy came by my house today, gave me lots of compliments about my install, and said he wants me to do a demo at his home and have me do his install for him. I had sent him an email stating that I couldn't let him make a mistake by having me only dig his trench. I included voltage drop numbers for his project, the need for a multi-tap transformer, info on amp load for wires, and ideal voltage range for halogen lights.

We'll see how it pans out.

Mike M

High Performance Lighting
06-05-2007, 10:18 PM
I'm not bitter. But I do get angry a lot. I will seek anger management counseling.

Hey, but seriously, that guy came by my house today, gave me lots of compliments about my install, and said he wants me to do a demo at his home and have me do his install for him. I had sent him an email stating that I couldn't let him make a mistake by having me only dig his trench. I included voltage drop numbers for his project, the need for a multi-tap transformer, info on amp load for wires, and ideal voltage range for halogen lights.

We'll see how it pans out.

Mike M


Good deal Mike hope it works out well for you. Let us know when you nail it down.