Creamsource on the set of American Assassin

Speed, flexibility…modern look. Just what an Assassin needs

“American Assassin is set in the present day, so we wanted to give it a modern feel. To achieve this we used Creamsource LED fixtures – which gave us flexibility with the colour palette. They are also very quick to rig and adjust on set, which was paramount since we were a tight schedule,” said Jonathan Spencer, Gaffer. “I had only previously used the Creamsource Doppio, but I was very impressed with the Creamsource Sky – it’s a great soft light with a very impressive spread.”

The movie follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), a CIA black ops recruit instructed by Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). When CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) calls on them to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks they discover an ominous pattern. This leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mystery man (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War.

Flashbandit. Jonathan made use of Outsight’s popular Flashbandit accessory to sync the Creamsource built-in flicker effects with the camera’s frame rate and shutter. “We needed a gunfire effect, which is quite difficult with getting the effect on full frame with a rolling shutter. With the Flashbandit and the Creamsource Doppio+, this worked really well,” he said. The Flashbandit prevents torn frames (a flash in the bottom one frame followed by a flash in the top of the next frame) when flash or strobe is not properly timed to camera shutter and frame rate.

Creamsource Doppio+ features a fourth-generation LED light engine, offering greater than 90 CRI/TLCI. The versatility of the ‘panel PAR’ provides a spot beam from the panel that can be softened with traditional techniques such as diffusion, lenses and soft boxes.

Creamsource Sky – the original high power, full-spectrum soft-source luminaire incorporates sophisticated colour management (calibrated CCT adjustable from 2200K to 15000K and full RGBWA control). It provides 1200W of LED power and superb colour rendition, with a typical CRI of 95. It’s rugged casing and water resistance makes it ideal for location work as well as studio production.

Tama Berkeljon, Managing Director, Outsight, said, “Creamsource lights are designed to give cinematographers and gaffers the most flexible, advanced, rugged, high quality tools to do the job. We’re proud to have been chosen to help create the modern and sophisticated look of this exciting movie.”

American Assassin is due for release in September 2017.