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evenly spaced and uniform in color
temperature. The investigators' bullpen,
in contrast, is a mishmash of random
colors and bulb placement amid the
clutter of old Rolodexes and landline
phones. "The state's attorneys are in first
class and the investigators are in coach,"
Wiegand explains. "In coach you get the
cheap light bulbs, and when a light dies
the person who replaces it just sticks in
whatever was on sale. So in one corner
the light might be blue and in another
corner it might be kind of green."
Both spaces were lit with similar
units. Arri T12s with 250 Half White
Diffusion were pushed in through
windows and were sometimes supplemented with Cinelease Quantum120
LED units. For tighter coverage, Kino
Flo Celeb 401s served as keys and Celeb
401Qs provided fill.
A short cart push to another
soundstage at Cinespace took the crew
to Molly's - a bar location used by all
four Chicago shows. There, firefighters,
cops, doctors and lawyers mingle after
punching the clock.
Molly's began life on the first
season of Chicago Fire when the show's
firefighters purchased the bar. Originally
a practical location was used, but after
the bar and the neighborhood tired of
the production's consistent presence,
Molly's was re-created on stage - right
down to the Christmas lights that adorn
the watering hole's ceiling. "Chicago Med
actually got in trouble last year because
they started turning those Christmas
lights off," Wiegand says, laughing.
"Dick Wolf said, 'Why aren't the lights
on in Molly's? I can't tell it's Molly's
without those twinkle lights.'"
Those "twinkle lights" provided a
bit of overall ambience, as did the
LiteGear LiteRibbon placed around the
bar. The crew keyed the set with Mac
Tech Artist Series 400s adorned with a
60-degree egg crate. Inside the egg
crate, 216 White Diffusion was used;
Full Grid was used on the outside. Kino
Flo Celeb 401s were employed for fill.
For location work, Digital
Sputniks and Mole-Richardson Tener
LEDs became the hero lights. "They
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