Now Streaming: 2020 DCS Cinema Lighting Expo

by | Mar 18, 2020 | News, Tips | 0 comments

Complete coverage of the annual Digital Cinema Society exploration of Motion Picture Lighting and Grip Technology is now streaming.  Hosted by Cinematographer and DCS Founder, James Mathers, the daylong event was held at the IATSE Local 80 stage in Burbank, CA on Saturday, February 29th, 2020.

In addition to presentations on the latest lighting technology by almost every major manufacturer in the industry, there is an inspirational presentation and short practical demo by renowned Cinematographer Rodney Charters, ASC, as well as an in-depth presentation by Panasonic’s Laurence Nunn on the VariCam family of Digital Cinema cameras.

We were also proud to present a special presentation on SSI (Spectral Similarity Index), a system for rating the color fidelity and spectral response of LED lighting instruments.  Featured speakers in this presentation include ASC Cinematographers Steven Poster and Steven Fierberg, Google Color Scientist, Paul Debevec, Cinematographer and Quasar Science Color Engineer, Timothy Kang, and Sekonic Brand Manager for The MAC Group, Ab Sesay.

The presentation was organized by the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, (with special thanks to the Academy’s George Joblove, Dan Sherlock, and Joe Di Gennaro.)

An excellent perspective on color science was also presented by Kino Flo‘s Frieder Hochheim.

Manufacturer presentations include, (in alphabetical order):

BB&S Lighting • BROKEH Lighting System • Cineo Lighting • DADCO • ETC • Fiilex • Film Gear • FLUOTEC • Kino Flo •  Light & Motion • LiteGear • Litepanels • Litra • Lowel • Luminys • Mole-Richardson • Nanlite • Panasonic • Quasar Science • Rosco/DMG Lumiére • Rosco/SoftDrop • Rotolight • TRP/The Rag Place •  Zylight

We would like to acknowledge our wonderful volunteer crew, including:

Producer David Mahlmann  •  Cinematographer Cameron Cannon  •  Camera Operators John Tucker, Enrique Del Rio, and Tristan Aghapjanian • Gaffer Alexander Bonelli  •  Key Grip Mitch Gulbin  •  Sound Recording, Data, and Post Services Christopher Scott Knell  • Sound Recording Assistant Kylina Aliotti • Stage Manager Chris Applegate • On-camera talent Kristel Elling • Motion title sequence shot by Alyssa Miulli  Event Management Team: Charlene Mathers, Quiana Skiffer, and Al Gonzales.

Special thanks to:

Panasonic  •  Rosco SoftDrop  •  Mole-Richardson  •  TRP/The Rag Place  •  Wooden Nickel  •  Sekonic • Backstage Cafe •  IATSE Local 80  •  DADCO  •  Kino Flo  •  J.L. Fisher

To view the entire collection on Vimeo, visit:

Or, for direct access to each presentation, listed in alphabetical order, use the separate links below:

Academy Spectral Similarity Index – SSI

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A group presentation on SSI (Spectral Similarity Index), a system for rating the color fedelity and spectral response of LED lighting instruments.  Featured speakers in this presentation include ASC Cinematographers Steven Poster, and Steven Fierberg,  Past Sci-Tech Council Member and current Google Color Scientist, Paul Debevec, Cinematographer and Quasar Science Color Engineer Timothy Kang, and Sekonic Brand Manager for The MAC Group, Ab Sesay.


BB&S Lighting

BBS TobySaliCorrectionToby Sali presents the latest from BB&S Lighting including improvements to the Area 48 Color, the Compact Beamlight, and a new Remote Phosphor 4” Pipeline.


BROKEH Lighting System

BROKEH.00 00 16 01.Still002John Tindall, the Inventor and CEO of BROKEH Lighting Systems describes his new line of light color modifiers offering a new approach to capturing improved skin tones, especially with LED lighting.  He is also joined by Gaffer Dwight Campbell for a testimonial on his use of the product.

Rodney Charters, ASC

CHARTERS ASC.00 00 15 19.Still003Renowned Cinematographer Rodney Charters, ASC gives an inspirational talk and quick practical demo at the 2020 DCS Cinema Lighting Expo.


Cineo Lighting:

CINEO Hise2Cineo’s Sean Hise demos their impressive new LED hard light known as the ReFlex R15.



DADCO.00 00 15 17.Still003Hans Lau with an assist from DADCO Founder Ron Dahlquist demos their new set power solution which takes advantage of advancements in battery technology developed for electric cars to power whole motion picture sets with one large battery system.  They also demo their new smart lunchbox distro systems.



ETC.00 00 15 16.Still003ETC‘s Jim Uphoff shows off their new fos/4 Panel with advanced features for improved skin tones at the 2020 DCS Cinema Lighting Expo.



FIILEX.00 00 15 14.Still001Fiilex‘s Jeffrey Lee, PhD shares their philosophy toward LED lighting and demos some of their latest units including the Matrix Quad and Q8 Fresnel.


Film Gear:

FILMGEAR FixedFilm Gear‘s Tony Ngo and Joanna Or show off their latest lines of LED lighting including the Aurora 400 Panel, and Helios RGB Spacelight at the 2020 DCS Cinema Lighting Expo.



FLOUTEC.00 00 15 18.Still002FLUOTEC‘s Jose Noriega discusses the beauty of pure white light that drives FLUOTEC technology and shows off their latest units at the 2020 DCS Cinema Lighting Expo.


Kino Flo

KINO FLO Correction2020LightingKino Flo‘s Frieder Hochheim gives an in depth explanation of the problems faced by lighting manufacturers in trying to maintain color fidelity of LED lighting when each camera interprets the spectrum differently.  He also offers up Kino Flo‘s approach to dealing with these problems.


Light & Motion

LIGHT&MOTION.00 00 15 21.Still002Daniel Emerson, CEO of Light & Motion gives an update on their versatile lights and their use within the industry, before being joined by Skydiving Cinematographer Joe Jennings who shares his user experience with the lights.


LITEGEAR.00 00 14 12.Still002Litegear‘s Paul Royalty gives an update on the company’s latest LED lighting technology including new LiteMat kits with dimmers.


LITEPANELS.00 00 14 08.Still002LitepanelsAlan Ipakchian presents the latest models and features of their Gemini and Astra families of lights.


LITRA.00 00 15 09.Still002Litra‘s Scott Gant tells us about his company and the small but powerful LED lights they manufacture at the 2020 DCS Cinema Lighting Expo.


LOWEL.00 00 15 00.Still002Lowel‘s Fernando Del Vaglio gives a history and update on the storied Lowel line of lighting instruments now distributed by Tiffen.


LUMINYS.00 00 16 04.Still003Richard Amadril and David Pringle of Luminys, the makers of SoftSun and Lightning Strikes, show off a short video that used their lights for the Oscars telecast, and give an update on their latest technology including an underwater high frame rate flicker free light.


MOLE.00 00 13 15.Still002Brian Eustace presents the latest from Mole- Richardson including a new LED Soft Light and enhanced radio control.


NANLITE.00 00 15 17.Still002Nanlite‘s Barry Garcia explains the company’s philosophy and demos the latest LED units from Nanlite.


PANASONIC.00 00 16 02.Still002Panasonic‘s Laurence Nunn gives an update on their family of cinema cameras including the VariCam, EVA-1, and Lumix S1H, and how they can work together for live production with the new CineLive tools.

Quasar Science

QUASAR.00 00 16 02.Still002Steven Strong, Founder and CEO  of Quasar Science, introduces a comical new web series with puppet characters dealing with the trials and tribulations of Lighting Pros dealing with producers and clients.


Rosco/DMG Lumiére

ROSCO LIGHTS.00 00 15 00.Still002Rosco’s Emily Stadulis shows off the latest units from DMG Lumiére including the Mix line of precision color changeable LEDs and the new MixBook digital swatchbook for accurately picking and communicating color choices.



ROSCO DROPS.00 00 15 21.Still002Rosco Labs’ Phil Greenstreet explains the advantages of their SoftDrop product and gives an update on the storied company.



ROTOLIGHT.00 00 15 11.Still002Rotolight‘s Pamela Bloom demos their new Titan X2 and other lights with a little help from Roy Wagner, ASC and his dog Scarlet.


TRP/The Rag Place

TRP.00 00 15 12.Still001Jeff Treanor and company Founder Pat Caputo tell us about the many new products now carried by TRP, the company formerly known as The Rag Place, from wireless lighting control boards to soft boxes, speed rings, and of course, the theatrical fabrics they are famous for.



ZYLIGHT.00 00 15 04.Still002Zylight’s Ryan Guidry, representing the USHIO company, shows off some products of their Zylight and Aladdin brands including a new unit with variable built in electronic diffusion.



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