In the beginning of GET LAMP’s production, I made that decision to put some sort of “classic” brass lantern into every shot, and to make said lantern into the central identifiable image for the movie. So I knew I better buy a really nice one, and I should buy a few of them.
I chose this one:
Like the Olsen twins, there were three different lamps I bought. Let’s name them BROKE, FLAME, and TOUR.
BROKE was the initial model, which I posed with for this shot:
As you can see, he’s pretty shiny at that point, having recently come out of the package.
BROKE followed along for the next 45 interviews, until one sad trip his glass exploded in a checked suitcase. I still used him in a few interviews, without the glass, and put it far enough in the back you couldn’t see it. If you look carefully at the full resolution from this shot, you can see it has no glass:
So BROKE got replaced by TOUR, who did the rest of the shots in the film, and continued with me on the GET LAMP tour. If you look at a shot of it on tour, you can see that the lamp is getting rough around the edges:
I mean, I wouldn’t say it’s ruined, but it had lost some shine.
FLAME never went anywhere – once it got kerosene in it, it was unable to fly anymore, and that was that. FLAME is the lamp that is in the menus, the MC Frontalot video, and a few other random points. It’s the only time there’s fire in a lamp.
I was about to leave on a trip recently, when I discovered I’d misplaced the lamp I was carrying around. Couldn’t find it! And I decided to see if I could get another one or two.
It turns out I can.
The original three were bought from a small, small company, very earthy-crunchy in style, that sold this lantern and some polished stones, and mushroom sculptures and all that sort of thing. It indicated the lamp was manufactured in India. Then, a year or two into production when BROKE lived up to its nickname, I went looking for this company, and couldn’t find them. Oh well.
So I recently went looking for a company that might sell these, and I stumbled on the Vermont Lanterns company. They have a wide range of lamps and lanterns of all types, and I saw this page with a hurricane lantern that looked the same:
It also said they were made in India, just like my original. So I bought two and waited to see if they were the same.
So there you have it. If you want an exact duplicate of the lamp in GET LAMP, for whatever reason, there’s a place you can buy one – it’s about $70. And it works!
Or you can just enjoy the movie.