Hello. I have a project coming up where I will need to shoot a night interior dinner party in a large living room. It's a fairly complex scene with 6 actors moving around in the space, and a lot of coverage including wide shots of the room. the ceiling is flat and white and not particularly high, with no built-in lights.
I'm trying to figure out a good way to light the room as a whole, so that I have the freedom to shoot 360 degrees without stopping after every shot for a major relight. obviously i can tweak for tighter shots, but i'd like to dial in the lighting as close as possible in one setup.
my first idea was to use dimmed practical lamps (so they don't blow out) and fake them with off-camera lights of similar size and directionality. i've done this plenty of times for smaller rooms and simpler scenes, but i'm not sure where i could hide the lights for a larger room
my second idea is to somehow rig lights to the ceiling and light the scene from overhead, adding fill as needed in the tighter shots.
if anyone has any ideas or examples to share, i would really appreciate it!