So the white board was on top of a c stand with a clap, which was around 20 feet behind me and as high as the stand would go, so maybe 14ft in the air? The light source was pretty close to me, maybe 10 feet or less, it was a 1k open face and I believe it had 2, 1 stop scrims in it already. I knew I would block it with my body if it were low or not high enough, so I made it super high and didn't put much light into it.
If the bounce had been under me, I would have never seen their faces thanks to the shoulders getting in the way. If I was shooting further away, I would have put the bounce right near the camera, but because it was a moving hand held shot, I couldn't risk it. Also, this was hour 18 of an eventually 26 hour day, so I was completely and utterly wasted.
When the people who ran the theater told us we couldn't use their studio lighting, I had to improvise in umm... 10 minutes? It's funny because this was a short film with a bunch of pretty decent actors, directed by a pretty well known guy, yet they couldn't afford to bring in a gaffer. Worst part is, the two people we had who were helping hands earlier in the day, they split because they had work the next day. So from this scene onward, it was just the director, producer, sound guy and me. To say the least, this is how I solved that problem. lol