New to cinematography and I'm trying to get into the mindset of a professional cinematographer, apologies if this comes across as a vague question but...
Do you have certain protocols/procedures/steps you stick to when lighting a scene?
Pretend we're in a studio. The set is an abandoned nightclub. Two gentlemen meet at a table. One of them turns out to be a hitman, but the other one doesn't know it. Eventually, the hitman slowly screws on his silencer under the table and pops the other gentleman. /Scene.
What would be your first steps towards tackling this scene?
If it were me I would decide what I think the scene should look like by...
1) Use the zone system, I would decide what the tonal values should be for the background, the parts of their faces, etc.
2) I would decide what color those tonal value should be
3) Figure out where the light would be coming from that's motivated
4) After positioning the lights I would use my meter to check that the values are where I want them to be, ND/scrim/flag accordingly.
Something like that. Anyways, just trying to see if there's a better way of doing things. Thanks