I'm new here and relatively new to lighting for film. I'm hoping this forum will guide me and help me improve my lighting techniques.
I'm shooting a small corporate on Saturday and there is one shot on which I would appreciate your suggestions.
I have not had a chance to recce the location but have been sent this photo from the client.
The scene must look like daytime, but unfortunately due to a tight schedule it is likely to be shot at dusk (best case) or in total darkness (worst case, hopefully not as I will then be battling exterior sodium street lighting too).
As you can see the room is quite small. The key shot I'm concerned about will be a wide from slightly to the right of the photographed position (against the back wall). It will take in three people sat on the sofa looking at a photo album and must include the window. There is a vertical blind that can be drawn across the window and be either partially or fully closed, but obviously it must be sufficiently backlit to look like daylight outside.
A relatively soft look is desired.
There is no budget to hire in extra kit so this is what I have available to me to make the shot work:
2 x Arri 650w Fresnel
1 x Arri 300w Fresnel
2 x 55w (200w eq) Energy Saving Daylights w/China Balls
2 x Bicolor 1x1 Litepanels
1 x 1m lastolite style reflector
Plenty of Gels & Diff
Will be shooting on a Red Epic with Samyang cine lenses.
I have had some thoughts on how I might go about lighting this but I'm seeking the wisdom of more experienced folk. I'd be interested to hear what different approaches you guys might take towards achieving a soft daylight effect under these circumstances.