I have a question about how to light a party scene. It takes place at night, mostly in a living room and dining room. People mingling throughout. Think cocktail party vibe, not rave
We need to have some flexibility to move around catching people's conversations which will include some improvising. All handheld. We want this to look natural and a little moody.
I can use practicals to motivate the light in the scene and then augment it when possible but I think I'll need to add some overall ambient just to bring up the level in the room. Any suggestions on how I can do that? I can bounce off the ceiling but I always have trouble controlling that. Or maybe I can put litemats on the ceiling but would that look to toppy?
Shooting on Alexa mini Zeiss compact zoom 30-80mm 2.8
Thanks for your help,