I’d bought a set of lights


I’d bought a set of lights, luckily with glass safety screens and was shooting an interview with someone and I’d placed a light directly above his VERY bald head to help seperate him from the background, 4 minutes into the interview the bulb blew and filled the interior of the light casing with white hot shatter bulb- I always tried to use safety screens aferwards! One story about bulbs exploding and the disasterous effects they can have. We were doing an interview with Barbara Waltes and Mrs.Thatcher (the British PM) in 10 Downing Street, We were told to hire satefty matts from Samuelson’s (The British film company that suppliers EVERYTHING for making films. Apparently a BBC crew had been in the previous years, set up their lights on a priceless carpet given by the Chinese Empress to Robert Peel in the 1800’s, a bulb exploded and threw burning parts of it deep into the Ming Carpet and the carpet had to be sent back to Tensing in Chinia to get parts of it rewoven. So we used largefireproof mats to place outr lights on. Bob Dutru (retired network cameraman)

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