The Wandering DP Podcast

This week on the podcast we tackle one of my world famous breakdowns of a visual medium piece over the audio waves (AKA – A commercial breakdown podcast).  The big winner in this shot was the Dedolight Panaura Octobox.

Worked a treat in a really small space.

If you are trying to follow along good luck!

If you want to see the full TVC you can check it out on my website:

The Location


Here is a location scout pic of our trusty 1st AD sitting in.

You can see the arrow pointing towards the overhead wood thing and the size of the window on camera right.

The Final Images

The wide:
Dedolight - Wide

The CU:Dedolight

On Set Still:

Before & After

The Octobox Set Up

For the lighting we went with the follow:


Dedolight Lighting Diagram - OctoboxKey Light: Dedolight Panaura Octobox – Dimmed way down

Ambient Lights: Kino 4x4s w/251

Edge Light: Kino 4x4s w/251 (one tube) with CTO

Camera: Arri Amira (800 ISO/4300 WB)

Lens: Cooke S4i 40mm @ T2ish

Frame Rate: 40fps



13 Responses

  1. Gavin McGregor

    Love the breakdown podcasts!! Ignore haters 🙂

  2. Per Haar

    Thanks a lot for taking the time!
    As an answer to your question in the end: “yes it makes a lot of sense and it doesn’t matter if you are alone with no interview. The way you do your breakdowns of real-life projects, the combination of tech stuff and important thoughts behind why you do what you do, is unique to this blog. No where else to be found as far as I know! Please keep it up and please upload the entire HD you have” 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  3. Theron Powell

    Hey Wandering DP,

    Great pod, I have a couple questions for you about it:

    – why shoot at 40fps and why shoot at 144 degree shutter?

    I feel like I’ve seen the 144 degree shutter on a lot of BTS stills from various commercials, curious your reasoning for doing it as opposed to 180 degree?


    • Florian

      144 degree at a framerate of 40fps results in a shutter of 1/100sek which equals the 90 degree at 25fps. Because in Australia house power is running at 50Hz you need to set your shutter to fit that frequency to avoid flickering in the lights.

      Correct me if I´m wrong.

      Thank you for the podcast by the way! I always take something away from it 🙂

  4. Ron

    Dude, let the haters hate, this is a golden mine of knowledge, keep them coming, spit them out as is, still relevant, quick question why the octabox lets say instead of a 4×4 kino (not enough output), again thanx and keep them coming.

  5. Cole Becker

    Patrick, your podcasts, articles, videos and tutorials are fantastic and loaded with great info!! Thank you and please keep them coming!

  6. AJ

    Big fan of these types of Podcast, ignore the haters. Keep up the good work and would love to see more of these breakdowns.

    Thanks for everything.

  7. Muhammad

    Thank you patrick for what you are doing.

    I’m from Saudi Arabia and I like the breakdown podcasts.

    Keep up the great work.

  8. Chris Magdalenski

    These definitely are not my least favorite episodes. There’s a lot of great information in these breakdowns. Keep them coming!

  9. Clark H.

    The breakdowns are a great resource and I always look forward to them. Much appreciated. Forget the haters. Thanks for the podcast!

  10. Lee Gillenwater


    Thank you so much for taking the time to put these podcasts/videos together. This site is such a wealth of info. It’s really appreciated!

  11. Dan

    Thank you so much. These break downs are incredible. I’m sure it has been covered and I just haven’t found it yet, but; what program do you use for your lighting diagrams?

    Again, this site/podcast is amazing. Please keep up the great work.