Our production company is starting to drive it's first feature film well into production mode, and as a result, I start to ask all sorts of questions that pertain to the cinematic nature of the beast, especially due to budget constraints (this will be a micro-budget). So, here comes the pivotal question at this point in time, and it has to do with lighting advice.
Here's the setup: A funeral home in the middle of summer, moderately sized, with main parlor maxing out at 30x30', and adjacent rooms and hallways being pretty small in comparison. Now, based on specific action of the script, it is not very likely that we will find an existing funeral home to fit the bill, and certain long takes 'touring' the location prevent us from using multiple locations to sell the effect. So, I am exploring the possibility of having a set created of the home, which will give us full control over the chaos the script calls for, as well as consistency, and the ability to shoot anytime that isn't mid-summer. That being said, I have never lit for set work. Location lighting is my specialty, so I need some advice on how one would light the potential funeral set from the outside, with all action taking place in daylight.
Here are some specifics to help out in solving my conundrum:
Camera used will more than likely be of the Blackmagic line (possibly a pocket since we own one), that being said, expect around 13 stops of DR, with a high probability of the sensor size being super 16, so lighting will not have to be as intense to have a manageable f-stop (the script is a comedy, so we aren't going for a DOF that's super shallow).
Lens wise, in an ideal world, I'll be able to use my buddy's ultra primes, but I'm going to bank on the possibility that he won't have them in time, so I'll probably be left with lenses that are sharpest at f4, so I won't want to shoot more open that. Also, we have a speedbooster for the Blackmagic which gives 1 2/3 additional stops of light to the sensor.
Regarding ISO, as long as I'm using the Blackmagic cameras, I don't want to go above 800, and would be happiest at 200 or 400.
So there's the technical set up, as for room specifics, ranging at 25-30ft, square, with sheer over the the windows, so the windows can be somewhat blown out to avoid needing to see a backdrop of some sort, and also to give a softer light entering the home. ALSO, there is an actual film set inside the funeral home that is part of the script, so film lights inside the main parlor can be seen, and can add to any additional light levels, I am just looking for the lighting solution from outside the building.
So, with all that setup, for a 30' square room with sheer in front of the windows, what type of lights would anyone recommend to mimic the daylight on a hot summer day. Keep in mind budget is a factor, so the cheaper the better. I've read on several forums that bounced firestarters can be used to sell a soft but bright effect, just not sure if that will be bright enough for a room of that size, and to achieve a consistent enough exposure from the windows. Or if something like 5k fresnels will be able to sell the effect as well.
Any advice would be most appreciated, as this is all new to me.
Edited by Ryan Kroboth, 21 July 2014 - 01:36 PM.