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Rotolight RL48 LED Lighting System stars in Latest Tom Hanks Film 'Captain Phillips'

November 30 - 2012, Rotolight are proud to announce 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 it's own. When we wanted that little bit extra, wherever we wanted it and at whatever temperature we wanted it - clunk! Rotolight.”

‘Captain Philips’, Directed by Paul Greengrass (Bourne series, Green Zone) 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 Rotolight’s 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”. Harry Wiggins Chief Lighting Gaffer.

The Rotolight RL48 LED light simply slips over your shotgun mic or mounts to the optional hotshoe / tripod mount(s) and delivers calibrated 6300K, 'Daylight' 5600K, 4300K and 'Tungsten' 3200K light fast, when you need it, so you'll never miss that perfect shot. Rotolight can be accurately dimmed (using Neutral Density filters) over a range of 1.5 aperture stops.

Pricing and Availability:

The Rotolight RL48 LED lighting kits are priced from $249 (AU$ Inc GST) and are available from quality resellers across Australia and New Zealand, to locate your nearest reseller please visit:  

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About Rotolight:

A world leader in LED Ringlight technology, Rotolight Inc, is a family run corporation based at Pinewood Studios, England.   Its CEO and founder is Rod Gammons, a veteran of both the Broadcast and Music Industries.  President of International Sales is Rod Aaron Gammons (BA), and Financial Director is Helen Gammons (MBA), author of ‘The Art Of Music Publishing’.   Rotolight Inc was a nominee for Coutts ‘Family Business Of The Year Award.   

About New Magic Australia Pty Ltd
 (Australian and New Zealand Rotolight master distributor)
New Magic Australia Pty Ltd is a recognised leader in the distribution and marketing of multimedia hardware and software, representing a carefully selected range of innovative, leading manufacturers and catering for both the professional and consumer markets. New Magic Australia established in 1993 is the Australian distributor of Blackmagic Design, Convergent Design, Cubix, Hauppauge Computer Works Inc, Rotolight, Cubix, Matrox Video Products and Sony Creative Software products.