I'm shooting a low-budget short end of the month - about 60% in-car. God help me...
Shooting 4K Raw on the Sony F55, and in Brazil, so plenty of bright sunny days to contend with outside the car.
Lots of car rig shots - through the side windows, some on the bonnet looking back in through the windscreen and some from the back seat.
I wanted if anyone had some general tips - from experience - for getting a decent exposure inside. And that to boost the light coming from the the exteriors, rather than just a big general level lift inside. There isn't the budget for a low-loader for more than one day, at most so I need a more basic solution for lighting.
I'm planning to line unoccupied seats and actors' laps with white fabric - or perhaps kitchen foil for certain scenes - to bounce more of the light around that's coming into the car.
For the actors in the front seats, I don't expect I'd get enough level from mounted LED panels, and so am wondering if a 200W pocket par HMI rigged from the bonnet (and possibly a second one bounced off the interior ceiling, although this would bring up some light-direction issues...) would bring my levels up to a decent enough amount. There's obviously power issues there if we're wanting to power from the car's battery - although I think one 200w should be fine... (We're not likely to have a gaffer for the whole time but will certainly be taking advice on how to power safely.)
I think the F55 RAW will certainly help us in being able to safely over-expose the exteriors by a good 3 or 4 stops and then bring those down to a certain extent in post if necessary, but it would require a certain amount of masking in post I think I don't want to rely on that at all.
Any advice here would be really appreciated. I know everyone hates shooting in cars..