Here's the details:
1. INT. NIGHT. - Hotel room where all the action happens. (90 minute film inside a small division remembers me TAPE from Linklater for instance).
2. It's a 5 star Hotel so we do have to let things as we found them (so no drills and bolts).
3. It's a Crime genre film. Been talking with the Director and suggested him some films from John Alton and a Caravaggio punctuated lighting style which he agreed.
4. This is an auto financed film with a veeeery low budget. The highest expense will be the hotel room. We are going to have it for 12 days straight at 1/3 the usual cost referring the hotel in final credits as a sponsor. Actors (2), are going to participate with an almost insignificant fee. Crew is made of Director, Sound director, Make-Up and Wardrobe artist and me as DP.
5. The initial idea was to replicate a NY city night outdoors (from the window), which I presume will be impossible after seeing the set today.
Here's the challenge:
Light the room and Bathroom in a way that all the wide shots can be taken with minimal lighting adjustments preferably with no stands on sight for great actor mobility. Augment/shape/punctuate the general light with some floor lights in tighter shots.
My first thought about a NY skyscraper look when I didn't had the smallest idea where the Director planned to shot was to fly an outdoor board with a NYC image at night but this will be impossible. We are 20 floors above ground and have no means to fly a billboard whatsoever. We also don't have the money to spend on post FX so greening the windows is out of question.
About lighting. I'm thinking on buying some Alzo Drum Overheads and planting 2 of them on the ceiling to elevate base lighting and achieve a decent f-stop at 800ISO (shooting with BMCC ProRes). I've to look how I can achieve this without messing with the ceiling (Manfrotto Aupoles?).
The room's wallpaper is yellowish so very near usual caucasian skin tones. That's my main concern right now because I want to create some separation from the walls and I fore-come some difficulties here. If I decide to go for the diffused top light I'll probably flag the sides trying to get some light out of the walls only punctuating them with the table lamps.
The Director wants a "blood" light feel. Warm in the sense that it's Red. Not warm/cozy but savage bloodish instead. I've thought to wrap some orange fabric inside the lamp shades and switch the lamps for halogens. I don't know what to do with Color Temperature from the top light if I decide to go for it though but I'm not liking the fact that all's red and there's no separation at all from the various light sources. If we had the opportunity to place an outside light I'll probably gel it blue creating some contrast with the interior light but now I just don't know...
I'm attaching a still from the room. All suggestions will be very appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Edited by Alexandre de Tolan, 02 February 2014 - 03:28 PM.