DP Greig Fraser lights up new Star Wars instalment

Greig Fraser completed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with Outsight’s Creamsource Sky LED light system

In Lucasfilm’s latest Star Wars instalment — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — director of photography (DP) Greig Fraser deployed Outsight’s Creamsource Sky, a water resistant five-colour 1200W LED light system, due to its ability to be used in all weather conditions, he revealed.

During production, Fraser rigged the Creamsource Sky on the set ceiling to capture the raining stage shots depicting Eadu, a storm-stricken world.

The deployment of the light system delivered high-power output, with creative control and calibrated colour for Fraser, which helped him in crafting the characters’ emotions.

He explained: “I am obsessed with the technical, and Creamsource Sky produces really great skin tones. That can be a benefit and a curse when having to mix Sky with lights from other manufacturers, so I use a single brand of lighting for each source — one for skylight, one for a window, and another for facial lighting.”

Beside Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Fraser’s portfolio of cinematography works comprises Lion, Zero Dark Thirty, Foxcatcher, and Snow White and the Huntsman.

His inventory list of Outsight’s products includes four 2×1 and two 1×1 Creamsource lights, which he has upgraded to the fourth generation with new LED boards for better colour, more output and higher colour rendering index (CRI).

“With Outsight LEDs, I can pre-light in an hour with flexibility and control of all parameters while conducting instant trial and error for warmth. This is impossible to achieve with tungsten as it would take days and weeks to complete,” Fraser concluded.

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