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Film Makers - Movie Props

movies behind the sceneResponder Public Safety Equipment caters to the independent film maker. We understand your needs and your budget. Whether it's something as simple as a red & blue dash light for a black suv at night or some lightbars for a couple of marked police cruisers at a crime scene, we can supply the police lights you want at an affordable price. We have programs available which include rentals as well as direct purchases. These programs give you the flexibility to create the desired effect within the budgetary constraints of an independent motion picture production.

When planning such scene in your movie, there are some things you'll need to take into consideration. First, is the time period and locale in which the movie takes place. A move set prior to 2002 will most likely involve the use of halogen and/or strobe lights since led technology had not become ubiquitous prior to this timeframe. Then, if your movie is set even further in the past, the light itself would be an issue as the style of police lights have changed dramatically through the last several decades. In the 50's and early 60's, we had the single rotating "bubble gum" beacons like the one seen on the police car in the Andy Griffith show. In the 60's, lightbars came into being with the advent of the Federal Model 11 Visibar. In the 70s saw the evolution of the lightbar with the release of one of the most well known lightbars of all time. The Federal Twinsonic.

Since then, the evolution of the lightbar has quickly progressed. Products such as the MX7000 revolutionized police lightbars with the invention of the first bi-level lightbar. Now, leds have taken over and become the defacto standard for today's emergency vehicle lighting. These are just some of the considerations involved in determining the correct products to use in your production to ensure the correct police lights are used for the time period you're re-creating.


Another issue to consider, strobes. Most movie cameras are ineffective in capturing the flashing of strobe lights due to the high frequency of the flash rate and short dwell time of the actual flash of light. So this is the main reason you rarely see the use of strobe lights on emergency vehicles in any film or video production. Also, it's not uncommon to use electrical tape or gaffers tape to block out some of the direct light output so as not to overwhelm the camera during filming. However, doing so requires great care to ensure the lights are not so obscured so as to bring un-wanted attention to them for appearing out of the ordinary. This is where Responder PSE comes in. It's our job to help you find just the right emergency vehicle lighting solution that will compliment your motion picture.

For more information, give us a call and we'll be happy to work with you to develop a solution for you.



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