Frieder Hochheim Hurlblog Interview Part 1 – The Growth and Innovation of Kino Flo

My dear friend Frieder Hochheim goes into the history of his innovative, forward thinking, Eco-friendly company that started renting out of a small van in the 80’s and now is the industry leader in everything that is soft, controllable fluorescent technology. Frieder and the future: Their new LED technology will blow you away. I had the privilege to check it out in his studio and one word describes the light. WOW!!!! There is nothing like it.

  1. Dave Dugdale 5 years ago

    Great story, I like all the old b-roll.

  2. Chris Gibbs 5 years ago

    Kino Flo innovations would be a huge help to kids in classrooms, many of whom are susceptible to Irlen syndrome.

    Wonderful interview — thanks Shane!


  3. mel haynes 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed the story of how Kino Flo came to be. Great interview. Not being in the industry, I have hacked my lighting and I’ve really liked the results of putting a bunch of shop lights together and lighting scenes with it. The occasional inhalation of mercury from exploding tubes only adds to my character………..right?.

  4. Matt Short 5 years ago

    Great story. Julien did an awesome job putting this interview together. I enjoy hearing the business side as much as the creative.
    Thanks for sharing this with us, Shane.

    • Julien 5 years ago

      Thank you for the kind words Matt! This interview wouldn’t have flowed together as well as it did without Zak’s editing talent!

  5. Ken Lowe 5 years ago

    Thanks Shane for posting this.

    Great interview, and an interesting story by Julien.

    I live and work in the UK as Lighting Gaffer, shooting prime time television drama. I started out in the industry in 1984 and have watched the Kino Flo lighting system grow rapidly during that time. I use them every working day, it may just be a single tube or a bank of Vistabeams but like Magic Arms, they are a obligatory part of my lighting kit. Effective, reliable and simple. – Thanks Freider.

    • Julien 5 years ago

      Thank you for watching!

      • Ken Lowe 5 years ago

        Julien, just a question you maybe able to answer, at the start of your interview with Freider there is a black and white stills shot in your footage, Freider is on the left, and I believe it is Robbie Muller DP on the right, am I correct? I worked with Robbie on a film in Paris in 1996, and that guy in the picture looks very much like him.

  6. Charles 5 years ago

    Great story. Thanks for telling.
    I think I can still remember the first time I read about it in AC …
    Shame for Philips, in Holland (my country).

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      Shane 5 years ago

      Charles, thank you so much for you kind words and support. I love Holland, haven’t been since 1996. Need to get back.

  7. Oli Kember 5 years ago

    Interesting to hear how it all came about, and the older footage was a lovely touch. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

  8. Bud Dickman 4 years ago

    Thanks for taking the time to put this together! Very interesting to hear the history, I love Kinos.

    • Lydia 4 years ago

      We are glad you liked the interview. We love Kinos too!

  9. Jon Chema 4 years ago

    Great video. Cool to see how any useful idea can be marketable!

  10. Jon Chema 4 years ago

    Does anyone know where the name “Kino Flo” came from?

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