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Rotolight's RL48 Stars in Tom Hanks' Latest Film 'Captain Phillips'!

Rotolight is proud to announce that the Rotolight RL48 Ringlight was “star of the show” on set of Tom Hanks’ latest multi-million dollar movie, ‘Captain Phillips’, directed by Paul Greengrass (Bourne Ultimatum, Green Zone, United 93).


Ten Rotolight RL48’s were chosen for use on the feature by Barry Ackroyd, BAFTA winner and Oscar nominated Cinematographer for ‘Hurt Locker’ (2008), which beat James Cameron’s Avatar to 6 Oscars including ‘Best Picture’. Ackroyd chose the Rotolight the RL48’s for their unrivalled portability and versatility on set, as Chief Lighting Gaffer, Harry Wiggins (The Iron Lady, Green Zone) explains:

“We shot Captain Phillips on different ships all over the world and there was one light we always took with us - the Rotolight. Perfectly-sized and with a built-in gel kit, it was my get-out-of-jail card and always right there on my belt.

“It was neat, punchy and saved time by the bucket-load: small enough to hide behind an existing fitting to boost it, powerful enough to key on its own. When we wanted that little bit extra, wherever we wanted it and at whatever temperature we wanted it - clunk! Rotolight.”

‘Captain Philips’ is based on the true-life story of Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), taken hostage by Somali pirates on board of the famous freight ship Maersk Alabama. The Rotolights were also extremely popular with the cast and crew in particular:

“The Rotolights were very busy and very popular. They always drew impressed glances and expressions of amazement from cast and crew everywhere in the world," says Harry Wiggins.

For more on Rotolight's Hollywood encounter, click here for details and pictures on the Professional Photographer blog. 


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