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I'll be shooting a short that takes place in a hospital/clinic. I'm finding it difficult to come up with ideas to make it look interesting.


Any ideas or movie recommendations to get inspiration from would be great.

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Hard daylight coming through windows,

soft light over beds

play with color (blues/cyans?/whites)

illumination just from the machinery in the room (mimicked)


all depends on what you're doing, ya know and the mood you're going for.

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Along the lines of Adrian's recommendations, keep the windows hot and let the foreground go dark for a more contrasty look. You could play with toppy fluoros above the hospital beds but keep them skirted off the walls. Or hard "sunlight" bounced off the floor for a soft uplight. See if you can fit some practicals into the frame. Use some haze or a smoke filter. Mix colors.


One trick I saw a gaffer use on a recent shoot was to take a single 4' kino tube heavily taped up with 2" matte black and placed on the side of the bed for a very subtle key on the child actor sitting by the bed.


"A History of Violence" has some wonderfully lit night interior hospital room scenes.

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Agree with Adrin.

Every thing depend upon what you are doing and which camera you are using.

Just a hospital wars or Doctors room.


Well in most of the situations, I feel Kinoflo works very well.


My experience, I just shot a film On SONY HDCAM HDW F-900, I mostly use avilable light with Kino to fillin wherevr I was require more light or Fill light.


Hope this will work. :D

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