The ARRI SkyPanel is one of the most versatile LED lights available.I remember using LEDs during their infancy. They offered very little output, but they had a promising future. At the time, I couldn’t commit to using them heavily on set, especially as primary key sources.I shoot a lot of documentary-, corporate-, and interview-based material, so I need a great key light for these setups. For the last few years, I was still using HMIs that would get extremely hot and require a lot of modification. Then, sometimes, I needed to gel those HMIs to match color with tungsten sources. This would then increase the size of the setup and the grip package and increase my budget.Within the last year, LEDs finally started to catch up with HMIs in terms of output and quality. A big step in that direction was the release of ARRI’s SkyPanel S120, S60, and S30. Since their release, I’ve begun using these lights quite heavily — as have many other DPs. The equipment rental house I use in Atlanta recently had to double their inventory of SkyPanels in order to keep up with the demand.The SkyPanels offer a ton of amazing features. These lights will definitely increase your workflow and help you produce better (and more efficient) videos.Image via ARRI.Strong Output The best feature of the ARRI SkyPanel is strong output that is still soft. This is a combination that has never really existed in a package this small. The S60 has roughly the equivalent of a diffused 400-watt HMI. With this level of output, you can easily use this light in almost any situation that requires a soft area light. It provides enough output that you can even use a frame of diffusion, like Lee‘s Opal or 250, to make it even softer. However, even without extra diffusion, the light still casts beautiful, soft shadows, so you can feel comfortable using it to light a face. Here are some photometrics at five meters to give you some reference on the light’s output:At 3,200KWith standard diffusion: 393 lux/37 fcWith light diffusion: 462 lux/43 fcWith heavy diffusion: 320 lux/30 fcWith intensifier: 511 lux/47 fcAt 5,600KWith standard diffusion: 416 lux/39 fcWith light diffusion: 489 lux/45 fcWith heavy diffusion: 338 lux/31 fcWith intensifier: 541 lux/50 fcColors and Gel Library The SkyPanel features an exceptional library of Lee and Rosco gels. If you want the exact color of Lee 1/4 CTO, for example, it’s programmed directly into the light, and you can correct the light color exactly to that gel. The light also allows you to adjust hues. If you want party gel colors, you can tune those directly into the LEDs without having to use and sort gels in front of the light.Overall, the ARRI SkyPanel is a very versatile light that you can use in most settings. As far as soft source LED lighting, it’s now my go-to choice on pretty much any set.Have you used the ARRI SkyPanel? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Mumbai: Pune-based real estate developer Kohinoor Group which has forayed into student housing segment through its start up entity Youthville Serviced Hostel, is planning a major expansion to cater to the growing need for quality hostel facility for students in education hubs across the country.The company’s maiden property in Pune is a girl’s hostel with a capacity of 150 beds. A second property with a capacity to house 600 students will be opened in Pune next year.“By 2019- 2020 we will be acquiring additional 600 beds and another 600 beds will be added the following year. By 2023- 24 we are aiming to have 25,000 beds pan-India,” said Vineet Goyal,Founder, Youthville Serviced Hostel.He said student housing was highly under-supplied across the country and students lack basic hygiene, food and other necessities.“At present student housing is functioning in an unorganised manner. Students are deprived of basic facilities, making their lives difficult. At Youthville we have addressed these inadequacies and created space where students can live comfortably,” Mr. Goyal said. “Student housing is in huge demand worldwide,” he added. Given the fact that student housing demand will stay strong in the future, the segment will be propitious for investors and real estate developers,” Mr. Goyal added.Currently the venture is funded by Kohinoor Group and the company is looking for investors to meet the expansion plans.Pune with steady rise in the student population has huge demand for student accommodation. Hostels charge between ₹97,000 to ₹2 lakh per student per year. Youthville charges ₹1,35,000 per bed in triple sharing basis per year and ₹1,83,000 in twin sharing accommodation.Along with accommodation the company provides high speed Wi-Fi, laundromat, fitness centre,cafeteria, music room, library, mini theatre, common kitchenette, doctor on call and housekeeping facility.Students need to pay for their food and transport. The company has also made provision for bike on hire.As per HRD ministry data there are about 35 million students currently studying in colleges and universities across the country. About 11 million of them come from other states to pursue higher education. These are the students who are under the radar of companies providing hostel facilities.
Heavy rains and release of water from Gangapur dam into the Godavari river caused a flood-like situation in some areas of Maharashtra’s Nashik district on August 4. More than 20,000 cusecs (cubic foot per second) of water was released from the Gangapur dam on August 4 morning, which led to the Godavari river flowing above the danger mark, an official at the district collectorate said. This also caused water-logging around some temples located on the banks of the river, he said, adding that the water reached up to the neck of the Dutondya Maruti, a statue of Lord Hanuman on the river bed, and was just a few feet below the Ram Setu bridge. Heavy rains continued to lash the city and tribal- dominated tehsils of Igatpuri, Trimbakeshwar, Peint, Surgana, Nashik and Dindori on August 4, he said. In the 24 hours that ended at 8 am on August 4, the Trimbakeshwar tehsil received 315 mm rain, followed by Igatpuri-220 mm, Peint-200 mm, Surgana-180 mm, Nashik-84 mm, Dindori-68 mm, Niphad-25.3 mm and Kalwan-27 mm, as per data provided by the collector’s office. At 8 am, around 26,150 cusecs of water was also released from Darna dam into the river following the heavy showers, according to the data. Around 60 people from Saykheda village were shifted to a safer place, as the river Godavari was in spate in the area, a district administration official said.