The feature with a working title “Franklin” wrapped principal photography in Toronto in May of 2018. The film, which is actually the DC comics project “Shazam”, is set in Philadelphia. Production came to town in November for some scenics and background plates. We received a call from Gaffer Rick Thomas in late November inquiring about using us for a major lighting job involving three critical scenes in the movie with star Zachary Levi.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is an iconic Philly spot and the top of the “Rocky Steps” was the location. The museum is a big building so it took 40- 2K’s and 20- 1K’s just for the background. All the tungsten power ran through Ratpack dimmers controlled with Cintenna wireless units. Arri Skypanel S360’s on the Roadrunner Cranks and Condors lit the actors with 9- Skypanel S60-C units filling in.
Arri M40 PARs and M18 PARs were used for extras on the plaza and the Eakins Oval area for the reverse shot. The production also did some daylight work using Arrimax 18k PARs, Skypanels, and Arri M PARs. The distances involved made for a huge cable order and 2- 1400a generators to supply the power.
Best Boy Electric German Valle and crew did a full check out at our facility. Our 10-Ton and 5-Ton Grip/Electric Trucks were loaded lighting and distro trucks for this large package. We worked closely with Rick and German, who were pleasantly surprised to find a local house had the capability to handle a job this size. We were able to give them the support and quick response that only a local vendor can provide. The shoot went well and Mother Nature provided some no cost special effects for a great look, with a misty atmosphere and wet pavement. Look for “Shazam” on the big screen in April of 2019 and check out the trailer here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go6GEIrcvFY