What We Do
SourceMaker offers a unique, comprehensive on-line catalog for Gaffers, DPs and Grips searching for high quality Lighting Balloons, Custom Lighting Balloons and Cloud Balloons.
Not only does SourceMaker have the highest quality lighting balloons on the market, we also have the largest lighting balloon inventory in the film industry. And it’s still growing! SourceMaker is in the unique position to supply lighting balloons to every size production, from student film to high-budget features. We have been striving diligently for years to do just that. SourceMaker offers the same quality service with a personal touch for every production.
Practice Makes Perfect
SourceMaker has over 13 years of experience as custom balloon designers. Our manufacturing department continues to innovate and break ground (or sky). We work closely with gaffers, DP's and crew members to help perfect different ideas and designs. We can build, test and deliver a custom lighting balloon based on a gaffer’s custom size, desired output and height specification.
SourceMaker has made it our mission to provide excellent Customer Service and will always be responsive to our customers’ needs. Have a question or concern? We will be there to assist you every step of the way!
SourceMaker manufactures all of our products in the United States, and only uses the finest materials made right here in the USA! Our design team is always thinking on the user-side and developing new ways to make our lighting balloons faster to set up, easier to rig and easier to manage.
Lighting Balloon History
Sourcemaker develops the idea of Zero Gravity lighting balloons. These are balloons that have a very low profile and float just enough to stay in position on a ceiling of an interior location.
Sourcemaker mixes Tungsten and Metal Halide in the same lighting balloon for gaffer Mike Bauman on “Transformers 2”.
Sourcemaker develops the most powerful hybrid Tube balloon in the industry, the 36k Tube (16kH + 20kT)
Sourcemaker develops the most powerful hybrid balloon with a single harness, 28k Hybrid Cube (8kH + 20kT)
Sourcemaker develops the first Sodium Vapor lighting balloon for Director of Photography Ross Berryman on the T.V. Pilot "Twenty Questions", shooting in Baltimore and Washington D.C. Sourcemaker also supplies the first feature film "The Brave One" with Sodium lighting balloons under the instruction of Director of Photography Philippe Rousselot.
Sourcemaker develops the first helium filled floating Metal Halide lighting balloon for Chief Lighting Technician John Velez and Director of Photography Matthew Libatique on the feature "Inside Man". On “Inside Man”, the main location was dominated by industrial lighting Sources.
Sourcemaker is invited to the Academy of Arts and Sciences Scientific Achievement Award and the Cube is introduced to Hollywood as a modular lighting system built for control and versatility.
Sourcemaker uses HMI and Tungsten harnesses in the same tube envelope to mix color temperature. Later, single-ended HMI and Tungsten bulbs become interchangable in the same lighting harness for desired color temperatures in a single balloon envelope.
Sourcemaker develops the cube and rectangle shaped lighting balloons with new high-density durable material and the first helium-tight internal reflector to help control ambience on film sets. The new shape allowed Directors of Photograpers and Gaffers to black out any side by attaching lightweight materials. Tubes are added to the inventory. Gaffer Russ Engels uses the first cube-shaped lighting balloon.
Peter Girolami continues to rent lighting balloons, but experiences difficulties purchasing replacement parts. Peter starts to resource and manufacture his own replacement parts. He researches new materials and laminates to create a softer quality of light that is U.V. protected to prevent yellowing of the balloon envelopes.
Peter Girolami purchases Airlight Industries, and reopens as Sourcemaker Lighting Balloons with the goal of creating custom lighting balloons for the film industry
Julian meets John Buckley and Russell Carpenter to discuss the use of lighting balloons on "Titanic". Soon after, balloons are used on many other features such as "Jurassic Park : Lost World", "What Dreams May Come", "Mission Impossible", and"Erin Brockovich", along with other projects and events.
Julian represents Airlight Industries, with Airstar products at Show Biz Expo 95'. Julian meets D.P and Gaffer Tony Nakonechnyj, and supplies him with balloons for "Disturbing the Peace". This was the first use of a lighting balloon on a U.S. film set.
Julian creates Airlight Industries with Airstar Lighting Balloons to become the first lighting balloon rental company in the U.S. to service the film industry.
Entrepreneur Julian Del Valle of Newport Beach California, discovers Ambrico's lighting balloons in an L.A. private event demonstration.
Francisco Ambrico of Grenoble France, patents lighting balloons in the US. Francisco planned on using the balloons for event lighting and emergency services.