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I'm struggling on how light an upcoming shoot and I know for an absolute fact that I'm overcomplicating it.
I'm shooting a series of product videos for a local flooring company in which we'll be filming all day in their gigantic warehouse. The product is all types of high end wood flooring. There will be 5 different 15x15 foot mini-sets built to feature the different types of flooring so what they'll do is swap out floors for each 30 second video. No talent - just VO, music, and various shots of the floors. Here is a screenshot from our test shoot (heavily graded):
Test setup in the space:
You'll notice we're using the concrete walls and a false wall to create a corner that's on wheels.
Video of the space:
We'll be filming on our Red Epic Dragon. The shoot starts at 9am and we wrap at 4pm, so light will shift and shift dramatically throughout the shoot. I'll be bringing two 1.2K Arri HMI's (added on two large Chimeras for the actual shoot on Monday), two KinoFlo Diva 4 banks, and I'll bring a small tungsten kit with gels as a backup.
The test shoot did not come out the way I would have liked it to. The idea was to create as natural feeling of an image with the what we have to work with. Our budget is already maxed with the addition of the HMI's so I can't add anything to it at this point. We're dealing with a ton of natural light spilling in from the skylights in the warehouse, so my idea as the DP was to bring in HMI's and control our area as much as possible since light will be changing so dramatically throughout the day. The HMI's are plenty strong, but I was still fighting the skylights when the sun would peak out from behind the clouds.
In trying to control the light, I feel like the image has no soul. The use of a nice tungsten practical would be nice but we can't run power to it without it being distracting in the frame. The fact that we can't add a ceiling to the set means we lost all that natural ambient light bouncing. The shadows on the wall from the chair was really tough to deal with too.
I'd love to hear what you'd do with the limitations I'm working with. Is there a way to marry the light spilling in with the HMI's and get a good look? Should I bring the HMI's in as close as possible and try to overpower the natural light spilling in? If so, where do I position my lights with all of the light from above?