B Free Media Creates Different Music Video Moods with Zylight F8-200 LED Fresnels
LOS ANGELES – JUNE 26, 2017 – With music videos, it’s all about the
mood. Braedon Freeland, owner and operator of B Free Media, shot three
separate music videos in March, and was able to capture three
different moods using two daylight-balanced Zylight  F8-200 LED
All three videos were shot in 4K with a Sony PXW-FS7 Super 35 camera
recording ProRes 4:2:2 to an Atomos Shogun Inferno. Freeland shot two
of the videos at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles, serving as director
and DP for both. The first, a solo video for Jessica Louise Garcia,
was more about the somber message. The set was black and empty, with a
single F8-200 without diffusion hung from the lighting grid serving as
the only light.
Freeland used a Freefly stabilizer and circled Garcia while she sang,
then edited the best pieces from six takes to create the finished
video. He said the Zylight provided flattering light from all angles,
including as a rim light from the back. “The F8-200’s ability to throw
light a good distance was important,” he said.
The second video, an up-tempo duet with Garcia and Kat McDowell, had a
completely different aesthetic. Positioning the singers back to back,
Freeland placed them amidst a “jungle” of C-stands covered in flags
and lit with colored gels to create unique reflections. Each singer
was lit with one of the F8-200s.
As DP for a third video for Aaron Orbit, Freeland traveled to the
historic Ventura Theater in Ventura, Calif. The footage has a “dreamy”
feel, shot at high-speed but slowed down in post for a unique look.
One scene featured a dancer with long hair and a flowing dress dancing
in front of a textured wall in a dressing room. Freeland wanted to
light it with natural light coming through the windows, but he hid one
F8-200 behind a corner to provide additional brightness.
“The F8-200 imitated the sun perfectly,” he added. “What’s nice about
these lights is that you’re able to run them down to low power and get
high-quality light. Whether you’re at 10 percent or
100 percent, the color temperature is the same.”
In an historic location like the Ventura Theater, power is a challenge
because the limits of the electrical wiring are unknown. In the past,
Freeland had a strict rule of plugging in no more than one Fresnel per
room in older locations to avoid tripping a circuit breaker or blowing
With the Zylight F8-200s, which draw only 200w, there were no power
issues. “It’s a big advantage being able to use your lights and not
have to worry about tripping breakers,” he noted. “We didn’t even need
to use a battery. The power consumption is low, but the power output
Another scene was shot in the balcony, a moody setup inspired by
old-time projectors that became Orbit’s favorite. One F8-200 was used
to light Orbit’s face, while the second was positioned behind him to
light rows of balcony seats and serve as his rim light.
Freeland credited the F8-200s with saving time on location. “Because
these lights are high-performance LED lights, you can move quickly
because you don’t have to wait for the lights to cool down,” he
explained. “They’re easy to move, they’re not heavy or awkward.
The build quality is top notch – they don’t feel cheap in any way.
I don’t want to go back to using traditional Fresnel lights.”