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National television recognition

High Performance Lighting

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
So Cal
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.
 

David Gretzmier

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
Fayetteville,AR
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

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
North Port, FL
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.
 
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High Performance Lighting

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
So Cal
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.
 
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High Performance Lighting

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
So Cal
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.
 
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