Mir Lada is available as gaffer, chief lighting technician, best boy, electric, grip in Toronto, Ontario available for films, commercials, music videos, television shows, corporate videos
Chief Lighting Technician / Lighting Director / Lighting Designer / Gaffer / Swing
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Mir Lada lives lighting. Every moment during everyday life, he observes and dissects light, for his mind’s lighting database. This has given him the ability to quickly spec lighting type and position mentally, tracking well with the final set-up, and the finished footage. This saves time and money on set. Combining his love of design and art, with his interests and experiences with technology, Mir possesses a well-rounded skill set with related fields such as cameras, optics, grip, set design, and CGI. Having done thousands of shoots with still transparency film, and having to have exposure within 1/3 stop of perfection, without the luxury of any monitor or EVF, his eye is naturally tuned to deal with life’s contrast ranges.
With decades of experience working with advertising, corporate and entertainment clients and talent, as a commercial photographer Mir has photographed thousands of people, products, interiors, as well as naturally integrating CGI environments with photography. Samples of Mir's photography and digital illustration 1990-2002 are on a number of sites, such as Profotos and Model Mayhem. MIr’s transition to motion, with the additional challenge of the dimension of time, was inevitable. Young at heart and energetic, Mir also appreciates today’s trends in design, clothing, and music, and such can understand concepts and styles in the projects he is involved with, whether music videos, commercials, corporate, or educational.
Mir owns and operates Boa, a lighting, grip, and DSLR rental house with thousands of pieces of classic and cutting-edge lighting and grip. He updates himself daily on today’s and tomorrow’s technologies, with a regard to yesterday’s techniques. Mir is very at ease with digital technologies, being involved in digitally altering imagery since 1993, CGI since 1995, high-end digital capture since 2001, and throughout that time, setting up and troubleshooting Macs. He also spent 2000-2007 designing for web portfolio software and leading a development team. In 2008 Mir returned to his technical roots and started a still equipment rental business and digital tech training facility, which in 2012 shifted focus to motion gear rentals and lighting services. This year, Mir will be distilling his motion gear arsenal down to the must-haves. Mir reps 8 (and growing) complimentary studios in Toronto; owns a 1 ton van; and a 5 ton, 21 foot box cabover truck with liftgate, has corporate liability insurance; and has experience driving up to 26’ G license straight trucks. Mir has high-level knowledge of Canon and Nikon DSLR systems, medium format still systems, match lighting and chromakey, and working knowledge of tools, mechanics, rigging, materials, electrical, and optics. All of his resources are available for hire.
With smaller productions that don’t have a lot of set and lighting changes throughout the day, Mir will often do double duty as on-set stills photographer or grip, or even occasionally operates simpler digital motion cameras. Samples of this work are below. Mir is very “hands-on” and willing to enthusiastically and creatively assist in whatever department needs an extra hand at the moment. Mir is easy-going, cool under pressure, good at creative “out of the box” solutions, and enjoys collaborating with, and assisting others.
Note: below doesn't include all the projects done as still photo lighting, still digital capture technician, or production stills / gallery shoots, which provide similar experiences.
Recruited several new studios and locations to join the Boa Solutions network. Setting up 1 ton and 5 ton lighting and grip package trucks, and minivan stealth package.
Boots & Hearts contest promo for Chevrolet/GM Canada - Corus Entertainment - Momentum Wordwide, agency - Cindy MacDougall, Director - Kevin Wong, D.P. (gaffer, studio & equipment rental) 170605
Active For Life / Multi-Sport Athlete PSA - Joe Fresh Barry Berona, DP, Wayne Craig, Director. (gaffer, studio & equipment rental) 170508
Documentary on artist Joseph Drapel - Fifth Ground Entertainment, TW Peacocke, director (gaffer, equipment rental) 170406
An Exceptional Life, television show pilot - Fifth Ground Entertainment, (gaffer, equipment rental) 170331
Air Hogs Drones, commercials - Spin Master Toys, Fifth Ground Entertainment, Chris Szarka, director (gaffer, equipment rental) 170329
CESO 50th anniversary shot on Epic Monochrome Content & Brand Co. Simran Dewan, DOP 170309
Celebrity chef TV special on location, Gusto Worldwide Media - Matt West, director. Matthew MacDonald, DOP. (gaffer) 170205, 170206, 170210
Alternative Thinking, commercials, G-Hack Media Inc., Moosa Haniel Alikhani, director (gaffer, equipment rental) 170208
Air Hogs Drones, commercials - Fifth Ground Entertainment (gaffer, equipment rental) 170203
Almond Milk - Food Appeal - series of how-to videos on social media - Fifth Ground (gaffer, equipment rental) 170119
Blue Rodeo - I Can’t Hide This Anymore Warner Music Canada. music video - Shelby Fenlon, director & DP (gaffer, studio rental, equipment rental) 17010)
Spent a lot of year doing foundation work for creating a 5 ton lighting and grip truck, while running Boa’s equipment rental division.
Houzz, commercials as interviews for home-related services. Jason Kin, director. (gaffer, studio rental, equipment rental, crew sourcing and coordination) 161129-161130
Amazon Holiday Gift Guide Commercials- SpinMaster Toys, Kris Booth, Director (gaffer and rental equipment provider on 2 simultaneous studio sets). 10 days 161004-161014, 161019-161021
Documentary about the boxer Lennox Lewis, Rick Lazes / The ARK Group , 4 days 160906-160910, 160912 (gaffer and rental equipment provider)
Melissa Ramos, Sexy Food Therapy Inc commercials Gravity Images Bryan Wright 4 days 160804-160807 (gaffer, studio, and rental equipment provider)
“Legends of Horror” interactive building projection against Castle Loma Kris Brockman Greensuite studio shoot of vampire for on Halloween 160804 (gaffer, studio, and equipment rental) video
Bentley Media Group on location in Cambridge (repeat of previous year) Still shots using motion lighting. Jed Wells, director. (gaffer and rental equipment provider) 160708
Bentley Media Group Two locations in Toronto Jed Wells, director. (gaffer and rental equipment provider) 160620-160621
Song of Extinction, Marc de Guerre, Director Greensuite studio shoot of exotic animals for Luminato Festival event at Hearn Generating Station DP Alan Poon 160526 (gaffer, studio, and rental equipment provider) website
PSA about battery recycling for Peel Region, John Sokolowski, Director (gaffer, production stills, equipment and studio provider 160205 (gaffer, studio, and rental equipment provider) video
Spent most of the year testing and inventorying thousands of new pieces in lighting, grip, and electrical arsenal.
AUTOGARD - Jam Productions (gaffer, equipment rental provider, rental studio provider, production stills) 151024 gallery
FOX HARB’R - Emotion VFX - Kris Brockman (gaffer, equipment rental provider, rental studio provider, production stills) 151014 gallery
WINNIE HARLOW - Complex Magazine - First time as DP (using the term liberally) on simple, last minute project of shooting abstract, slow pan close-up footage of model and vitiligo spokeswoman Winnie Harlow during magazine photo shoot by Saty+Pratha . video
THE REAL CUP OF JOE - Martinson Coffee - David Krovblit (lighting technician, equipment rental provider, behind-the-scenes photography) 140429 gallery
A7 FEATURE - Audi Magazine - ste.ho - (gaffer, equipment rental provider, studio rental provider, behind-the-scenes photography) gallery
FREEZE - Rock’n’Rainbow - children’s music video (Gaffer, studio, lighting / grip rental provider, production stills) - Michael Hurlbut, Director/DP - Rainbow Songs Inc. video
HANDS TOGETHER - Rock’n’Rainbow - music video (Gaffer, studio, lighting / grip rental provider, production stills) - Michael Hurlbut, Director/DP - Rainbow Songs Inc. video
FEVA TV channel - Corus Entertainment - lighting designer / gaffer / studio provider. Shot at Boa's warehouse. gallery
EPSON Projector challenge - The Hive, Los Angeles. Interviews with people looking at projector comparisons, for use on the Epson North America site - booth at ProFusion 2014 Expo at Toronto Convention Centre (Gaffer, lighting and grip provider) gallery
QUAKER - Quaker Goodness Campaign “On the Go” - David Krovblit (lighting technician, equipment rental provider, behind-the-scenes photography) 141221 to 141223 gallery
MARS CANDY - David Krovblit (lighting technician, equipment rental provider, rental studio provider, behind-the-scenes photography) 141030 gallery
TRUXMART - promotion stills for truck cover company sot at Boa's warehouse (lighting tech and grip) 140929 gallery
Spent most of the year learning, wiring, installing 336’ of grid pipe, testing lights up to 12k, and setting up large cyc lighting (30x 1k cyc lights, controlled by DMX dimmer system, running off cam-loks, and learning high power distro a 20x50 cyclorama soundstage in The Junction and shooting most of these projects there, plus helping many productions plan and execute their studio and equipment rental needs.
THE DEVIL PUT DINOSAURS HERE (EXPLICIT) - Alice In Chains - music video - (Gaffer, studio / lighting / grip/ lens rental, production stills) Travis Hopkins, Director - Michael Jari Davidson, DP - Buckshot Design video
STARGAZER - The Rabid Whole - music video (Gaffer, Key Grip, studio, lighting and grip provider) Brendan Coutts, DP - Peter J Arvidsson, Director - Production Company, Elektrik Playground video
BALL & CHAIN - The Cruelty Party - music video (Best Boy, studio, lighting and grip provider) - George Vail DP/ Director - Magnacyd video
I WAS A FOOL (LYRIC VIDEO) - Tegan and Sara - music video (Gaffer, studio, lighting and grip provider) Travis Hopkins, Director - Michael Jari Davidson, CSC, DP video
SHARED VALUES - Personal Injury Alliance - national TV commercial (Gaffer, studio, lighting and grip provider) - Jay Guerriere, DP - Atomic Clock Cinematic Arts Inc.video
3M RELEVANCE campaign shot on iPhone 4, original sequence, all practical fx, no video or audio editing. Commercials for 3M for Instagram - (Gaffer, Studio 1 rental, lighting and grip provider, production stills) Ben Mazzotta, DP/ Director - Little Engine Pictures Inc.
1. HIDDEN BRACES http://instagram.com/p/b3v58VK-4W/#
2. STETHOSCOPES http://instagram.com/p/b4BFl8K-xJ/#
3. ELECTRICAL TAPE http://instagram.com/p/b4QJ8Yq-6v/#
4. GIFT WRAP TAPE http://instagram.com/p/b4m9YMq-zD/#
5. FLAT SCREENS FOR TVs http://instagram.com/p/b4Y6C7q-64/#
6. WINDOW SEALANTS http://instagram.com/p/b64U25q--h/#
7. REFLECTIVE SIGNS http://instagram.com/p/b413gYq-67/#
SEPTDONT, WORLD LEADER IN DENTAL ANESTHESIA - Novocol Pharmaceutical - industrial video
(Gaffer, lighting and grip provider) Chris Wilson Director/DP - Moving Pictures Inc. video
Samba Kidz - Building Communities One Beat at a Time - (Gaffer, studio, lighting and grip provider) Dean Vargas, Director video
FARA - trailer (Gaffer, lighting and grip provider): Arshad Khan, Director - Justin Black, DP - Canadian Film Centre video
KHASTE AM - Paiman Aghasi - music video (Gaffer, lighting / grip /lens rental provider, production stills) Kajeh Mehrizi, Director / DP - video
THE PRESENT - short (Gaffer, lighting / grip rental provider) directed by Michael Proudfoot, April 21-22, 2012. DP - Tom Nagy, Producer - David Antoniuk, (not public yet, viewing by request) video gallery
Lighting rental in Toronto (owned, in-house) highlights:
Equipment owned and available for rental is roughly equivalent to a 5 ton/ 26’ all-in-one truck, with mainly lighting and grip, some camera support, Canon and Nikon DSLR lenses & bodies, with an abundance of HMI and tungsten gear, with a growing arsenal fluorescent and LED. Mir has carts and rolling shelves to take everything on the road in a rental truck that is suitable for the needs of the production, easily rolled onto the three available full size truck docks that can accommodate up to 53’ trailers.
LED fixtures: Arri L7C; Arri Locaster x 2 kit; Arri Broadcaster x 2 kit; 2x Aputure Light Storm
LC-1 45 degree bi-color 1536 LED DMX, wireless remote; 2x Aputure Amaran H198C 60 degree
bi-color & 1x daylight on-camera LED; 3x Aputure Amaran HR672C 75 degree flood
2x2 Rosco daylight Axiom HO+ panel; 3x CN600 daylight LED, 1x1 daylight LED with 4
switchable banks (no dimmer), Ikan 144 LED w/ multiple col temp,.
LED Ribbon: extensive (hundreds of feet) of single and dual density ribbon in hybrid, tungsten,
a daylight, including flicker-free dimmers and ultra high 97 CRI. Speciality includes UV Blacklight ribbon.
HMI lighting rental (about 50 count) SINGLES: 6/12k HMI PAR with electronic ballast, 12k HMI fresnel w/ both electronic and magnetic ballasts, 6k HMI fresnel magnetic, 4k HMI PAR electronic, 4K HMI PAR head #2, 4k HMI fresnel electronic, 4k fresnel HMI magnetic, 800w PAR all-weather electronic, 400w PAR all-weather electronic, 575w open faced with integrated ballast, 575w PAR (overdriven to 800w) with integrated ballast, 200w PAR HMI electronic, 200w fresnel magnetic.
HMI lighting rental MULTIPLE QUANTITY: 2.5k PAR HMI electronic & magnetic, 2.5k fresnel HMI electronic & magnetic, 1.2k PAR HMI electronic & magnetic, 1.2k fresnel HMI electronic & magnetic, 1.2k soft HMI electronic and magnetic, 1.2k bare bulb HMI electronic, 575w PAR HMI electronic & magnetic, 575w fresnel HMI electronic & magnetic, 575w open-faced flood HMI electronic & magnetic, 575w soft, 575w open-faced focusable, 200w fresnel HMI magnetic, 270w sungun, and 3 units of the unique Profoto 1.2k bare bulb and compact electronic ballast HMI, ideal for lanterns, soft boxes, sunlight in small quarters, or gritty overhead looks….plus it takes all Profoto reflectors.
TUNGSTEN lighting rental: over 250 fixtures ranging from 10k to 100w fresnels; 1, 2, and 4k softs; 6k Barger Baglite for Chimeras, over 50 Ellipsoidals 575w-2k; two 9 lites; Many 2k Mighty Moles and Blondes, 1k Mickey Mole open, over a dozen 1k starlight bare bulb, for dozens of Chimeras up to 6k capacity for our tungsten and HMI fixtures. In addition, many hundreds of practical bulbs, including stringers.
FLOURESCENT lighting rental (complete with daylight and tungsten bulb sets +1 spare): 2x 4x2’ Mole Biax 2 dimmable w/ case (2x55w similar to Diva 201’s); 2x Lowel Caselight 4’s (4x55w) with 4 switches, black eggcrate; 2x Brightline 2 bulb DMX dimmable (2x55w) silver eggcrate; Lowel 6x4’ (4x40w) folding bank; 3x 6 bulb, 3 bank generic (6x55w), huge inventory of high output ballasts and T8/T12 tombstones for custom installs of any size (10x17’ soft box with 40x 4’ available).
GRIP rental HIGHLIGHTS:
over 20 1/4-20 spud lightweight stands, 26 baby mount stands various sizes, 21 Junior stands from lowboys to crank to wide wide sky highs, 24 C stands, 30 arms, 16 stand cart. Lots of accessories. 50 milk crates of small grip. Dozens of totes and carts of electrical up to 4/0 cam-lok. Extensive tools. 30 sand bags. 100 lbs+ of Barbell weights for camera cranes, 17x90’ bleached seamless muslin, 28x78’ digital green, two 17x36’ chroma greens, 20x30’ chroma blue, 8x8 chroma blue/green reversible, 12x12 digital green with black backing, 200’ of 12’+ high black curtain and rags; extensive choice of rags from 6x6 to 30x30, with two 12x12 and one 20x20 4’ snap together overhead frames. portable platform dolly and hard rubber track, Axis dolly with steel track, 5’ linear bed, 4x4 floppies, frames, 216; 2x3 flag kits, 3x3 gel frames, tons of 18x24 flags, scrims, silks, frames. Cookies and shiny boards various sizes. 5 sheets of 5/8 smooth ply for doorway dolly work
GRIP rental HIGHLIGHTS:
(note, we are doing a lot of inventory updates. Items underlined are available for rental as well as for sale. Items in italics are coming soon, so let us know when you need it for)
Canon rental (Note Nikon AIs & D lenses work great for motion work with our adapters for Canon bodies)
full frame: Canon 5DII, Rokinon 14mm f2.8, 16-35mm f2.8L, 17mm TS-E f4L, 24mm TS-E f3.5L, 24mm f1.4L, 50mm f1.2 SSC w/ Ed Micka conversion, 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.2IIL, Rokinon 85mm T1.5 cine w/ focus and stepless aperture gears, 90mm f2.8L TS-E, 100mm f2.8L macro, 100mm f2, 135mm f2L, 70-200mm f2.8L IS ,Tamron 200-500mm f5-5.6 SP, Tamron 2x, 300MM F4L IS, 1.4xII, Lensbaby with three set screws for stability + all accessories, extensive range of medium format high megapixel camera systems for Ken Burns effect even for 4k.
crop only: 60D, Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, 17-55mm f2.8 IS,
Nikon rental (have 2 adapters for Canon bodies):
Full frame: Nikon D810, Sigma 12-24mm f4-5.6, 14-24mm f2.8, Nikon 20mm f2.8 AI-S, Nikon 20mm f2.8 AF-D, Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 VC, Rokinon 14mm T3.1, 35mm T1.5, 85mm T1.5 cine lenses w/ focus and de-clicked aperture gears (includes 2 EF mount adapters on request), Nikon 35mm f2 AF-D, Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART, Sigma 50mm f1.4 ART, 50mm f1.4D, 50mm f2.8D micro, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD, 70-300mm f4-5.6 VR G, Nikon 85mm f1.8 AF-D, Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro, 180mm f2.8 IF-ED MF, 400mm f3.5 IF-ED MF, TC-301 2x MF, lensbaby composer
D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, 16-85mm f3.5-6.6 VR
two complete and complimentary Panasonic HVX200 systems for rent or sale, with hard drive recorder, manfrotto dedicated electronic follow focus for Fig Rig, Nikon mount Letus Extreme