Let There Be Light!
JACOB FELIX, LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – We have had a very interesting time getting the lights to work. All the problems were due to power issues, we have blown light bulbs as well as transformers. The outlets here are 240V and cannot handle our 1000W bulbs, it also is not very helpful that the wiring is extremely old.
The cast and crew were on set ready to go, the lights lasted for maybe two minutes: The first one started flickering then Poof, the bulb had blown. The second one turned bright orange, then faded away as the bulb slowly died out. Then a with smell from the third one, and cloud of smoke shooting out of the transformer, and just like that we were done shooting for the day. The cool thing about this is that even thought we couldn’t shoot until the nest day the cast and crew all kept a very high morale.
The hunt was on. From one store to another, they just kept sending us to some other store. After about 5 or 6 stores we figured out that no on in the whole country carries the bulbs we need. If we ordered them the fastest it would get to us would be 3 weeks to 3 months, we leave in 3 weeks so that wouldn’t be of any help at all whatsoever. We found alternative lights that ended up working out the next day but were not nearly as advanced as the light set that we had brought with us. Ultimately, we are now using the $200.00 lights that we purchased in Zambia even though we hauled 4 large light sets that are worth $6,000.