CINEMA

Airstar revolutionizes set lighting since 1994. Inventor of the lighting balloon as a light source on film sets and photo shootings, many movies have already used Airstar technology: Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mission Impossible… to name just a few. Every day, at least one film set in the world uses Airstar lighting balloons.

Thanks to a unique know-how in fabrics and in electricity, Airstar offers balloons of various light sources, sizes and shapes meeting all kind of needs.

Airstar is also the only company to offer a solution that enables to manage daylight thanks to our “sun tamer” Cloud.

“In fact it’s close to midnight… With Airstar I make it high noon”

Airstar know-how in film and TV

Behind every Airstar product is a world of expertise and support designed to deliver you more than just high quality. Whether it’s a Hollywood blockbuster, a low budget independent film or a fast-moving television documentary, our products deliver the speed, flexibility and efficiency needed for today’s production schedules, without sacrificing quality.

Airstar received an OSCAR Academy Technical Award® for the introduction of balloons with internal light sources to provide set lighting for the motion picture industry.

CINESTAR LED INNOVATION

The Cinestar is the first LED lighting balloon of Airstar cinema range !
It provide a soft diffusion with an 120° wide angle projection and a excellent color rendering !
It is a perfect lighting solution for film and photo shootings !

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STRENGTHS OF AIRSTAR LIGHTING BALLOONS

  • Indoor and outdoor
  • All lighting sources
  • Fully quiet
  • Flicker-free
  • Fully dimmable
  • Helium or air-inflated
  • Many combination of power available
  • Many shapes
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility
  • Lightweight

ALL FILMING APPLICATIONS

Our lighting balloons meets a wide range of applications, both indoor and outdoor.

CINEMA
COMMERCIALS
PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOTING
BROADCASTED EVENTS

The LED Cinestar

  • Versatile and powerful LED lighting balloon: 850 W
  • Soft diffusion with an 120° wide angle projection
  • Full colour temperature control: 2700-6500 K
  • Flicker-free
  • Indoor and outdoor use
  • Fully dimmable
  • Excellent color rendering

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HMI Daylight balloons

  • HMI lighting balloons reproduce daylight
  • They can be used as a key light or as a fill light to produce a very natural effect
  • They provide a color temperature of 5,600 K and offer up to 1,440,000 lumens
  • Available in 4 shapes: tube, diamond, ellipse, gaffair
  • Many combinations of power (HMI): from 1.2 k to 16 k watts
  • It is a perfect lighting solution for stage and location film production as well as photography, by combining lightweight design and overall maneuverability

Tungsten balloons

  • Tungsten lighting balloons were the first units developed by Airstar, and are now offered in a wide range of possibilities
  • Used indoor and outdoor, they provide a color of temperature of 3200 K
  • From 2 K to the powerful 20 K source
  • Provided in 3 shapes: ellipse, tube or diamond
  • Fully dimmable

Hybrid balloons

  • The hybrid line of products from Airstar allows unique control of color temperature without taking away any light intensity
  • Multiple combinations are now available to light your sets, fitting your needs
  • The mix between different lighting sources: Tungsten, Daylight, Sodium and Mercury
  • From 2,200 K to 5,600 K
  • Up to 1,242,000 lumens
  • Available in 3 shapes: tube, diamond and ellipse

Halogen pad

  • This pad is both employed indoor and outdoor. It can be used horizontally or tilted depending on your set’s layout
  • Equipped with an internal reflector, velcro all around for accessories such as skirts, and multiple rigging points
  • 2 sizes available: 2.8 m x 2.8 m or 6 m x 6 m

The CloudTM balloon

  • The Cloud™ is the world’s first grip balloon
  • 20’x20’ is the starting point. From this square, you have the ability to attach numeral units for a better area coverage
  • Its primary use is to diffuse sunlight
  • It is the only air-born diffusion that needs neither suspension nor ground support
  • Versatile
  • Fast to operate
  • Less intrusive

REFERENCES

  • The Great Wall
  • Narcos
  • Paddington 2
  • Johnny English 3
  • Victoria & Abdul
  • The Crown
  • Harry Styles music video
  • Titanic
  • Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Pirates of the Caribbean I, II, III
  • Mission: Impossible
  • Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13
  • Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
  • National Treasure
  • La Môme
  • La vie en rose
  • Hancock
  • Hulk
  • Da Vinci Code
  • Angels & Demons
  • Holiday
  • OSS 117
  • Neverland
  • 24
  • CSI
  • Cold Case
  • Bones
  • House
  • TV Record
  • Prison Break
  • Ghostwhisperer
  • Fast & Furious
  • The Italian Job
  • La Marche de l’Empereur
  • Largo Winch
  • Blueberry
  • Disturbia
  • Rush Hour 1, 2 & 3
  • American Gangster
  • Bedtime Stories
  • Catwoman
  • Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
  • Nutcrackers
  • Wolfman
  • G.I. Joe
  • The Last Samurai
  • The Crimson rivers II
  • Le Petit Poucet
  • etc.

What they think of the Airstar balloons

Robert Altman
Director, USA
« I just showed up and I saw this thing in the sky and I said: what is that? What a great reflector! And I thought really seriously that there was reflecting light but it was the balloon itself that lit up the whole golf course. Anyway, we had 3 of these and I don’t think we could have shot that stuff without that. »

Helge Peyker
Cameraman, Germany
« The advantage of the Airstar balloon is the very quick set up, in comparison to a standard. Lighting. Balloons give us more flexibility and mobility. »

Martin Bosworth
Best Boy, USA
« The Airstar lighting balloon can be used as a key light to produce a very natural effect. It is also ideal for close-up and tracking film shots. »

Alexandre Lamarque
Director of photography, France
« No products are equivalent. We could not get the same light before using Airstar balloons.
The balloons have the advantage to be moved very quickly and are very effective when you must often change the source or when you have a very large set to light or when you need to put the lighting source very high.The light is diffuse and homogeneous, the only equivalent is daylight. The main strength is the set up which is very simple, there is no mounting structure as it is self-supporting. »

Pierre Morel
Director of photography, France
« Depending on the situations and the sets, I used both for day and night shooting that night, indoor and outdoor.
The day use of day helps me save time in the early morning when there is not enough light and also late at night, to continue the shooting when it is already dark. At night, in addition to the quick set-up and the ability to light a large area, the balloons produce a uniform light without directional effect. »

QUALITY FIRST

Process quality. Product quality. Services quality.
Quality is our concern for more than 20 years. Our goal has always been to study, design and develop increasingly reliable and innovative solutions for the filming market.