I have 20 years of experience in the free lance world. Worked on features, commercials, tv programs, corporate, educational. I have produced more than 100 commercials.
You don't have to bag every stand if the weight that its bearing isn't off the center axis. Toppers and bottomers- definitely and they were in the tutorial. It's a good idea to do it in case it gets bumped, but many stage floors are painted and the stand will still move if it's kicked. Always make sure the big leg is pointed in the direction that the weight is above it.
Agreed. I'm not always a fan of Shane's lighting, but he is trying to show people a "way" of doing things. This is exactly what this tutorial is. It may seem like overkill to many of the run and gun one man show experts on here, but on anything with a decent budget, this is how it's done and there's a reason for it- it works.
And at the price point, you'll surely get your money's worth. Crap CRI and they'll break down within a year. I've seen Moles that were possibly used on the set of Godfather. They take a beating and last probably better than anything out there.
Yep, the first one is funny in it's pretentious way. The second is a parody, which (I have been told) are supposed to be funny. Meh. The title should be "I'm a pretentious hipster DP". Luckily, I don't hire DPs that fit the Williamsburg stereotype as well as this guy does.