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Lighting daylight interior without 18ks?

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Hi.I will be shooting a streaming series pilot soon and I am trying to figure out what the best solution is to light day light interiors without big lights.Is there a way to bounce light in a way that would look natural? The grip truck I will get has 1 Arri m18,couple joker 800ws and a couple Arri s60s.There is a scene in a 2nd floor master bedroom and the only way I can reach to the windows is with a scissor lift.Im trying to figure out the most  efficient way to light these scenes because we will be moving from one bedroom to another in one day.Good thing is we won't be moving locations.This is my first go at a larger production like this and since Im given this opportunity I want to nail it.Any advice will be much appreciated.

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It somewhat depends on what you want to achieve.. What kind of mood are you going for? Is the sun going to blast through the window anyway when you shoot? Do you want to achieve flat sitcom style lighting? Is the ceiling white to throw the M18 into? How big is the room? Depending on how much talent and talent movement you might be able to shape things the way you want to with that package..But more context might be helpful.

 

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@Varuj Chapan, I lit this kitchen (twice because there were two different sequences in it with different tones) with 8 litemats on each window from the top to the bottom (there were 3 windows).

It was on a 4th floor with no access to balconies, scissor lifts, cherry pickers, etc, etc.

There is nothing else inside the kitchen other than a 8 x 8 net behind the camera on the wide shot and on the right side of the camera on the close up of the girl.  

The stills are ungraded by the way!

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9 hours ago, Joseph Tese said:

It somewhat depends on what you want to achieve.. What kind of mood are you going for? Is the sun going to blast through the window anyway when you shoot? Do you want to achieve flat sitcom style lighting? Is the ceiling white to throw the M18 into? How big is the room? Depending on how much talent and talent movement you might be able to shape things the way you want to with that package..But more context might be helpful.

Hey Joseph,Thanks for reaching out.The show is drama comedy so Im going to find the right balance between flat and moody.One option Im thinking could be to showing as though the recessed lights are the motivation of the key light.Its just that the recessed lights are tungsten balanced .Im more concerned about the wide shot because I need to establish where the light is coming from.I guess it would be a good idea not to show the ceiling so much.Another Idea I have was to bounce it somewhat of where the main actor will be at.Here is a couple stills of the bedroom

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This is the window on the right side of the living room.

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This living room is from another scene.There will be people sitting and watching tv.

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8 hours ago, Miguel Angel said:

@Varuj Chapan, I lit this kitchen (twice because there were two different sequences in it with different tones) with 8 litemats on each window from the top to the bottom (there were 3 windows).

It was on a 4th floor with no access to balconies, scissor lifts, cherry pickers, etc, etc.

There is nothing else inside the kitchen other than a 8 x 8 net behind the camera on the wide shot and on the right side of the camera on the close up of the girl.  

The stills are ungraded by the way!

Portrait004.jpg

STILL_DAY_01_1.1.3_1.1.7.jpg

Hey Miguel,I really like this idea.This could be a good option.Unfortunatly there is only one window and I would need to hide the main light somewhere for the wide shot so that the window doesn't clip too much.Thanks.

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6 hours ago, Varuj Chapan said:

Hey Miguel,I really like this idea.This could be a good option.Unfortunatly there is only one window and I would need to hide the main light somewhere for the wide shot so that the window doesn't clip too much.Thanks.

No worries Varuj. 

As you can see from the frames, there is no clipping, just white under 100% because I covered the litemats with diffusion and depron. 
On top of that I put the sheets to make everything a bit more natural. 

I lit that kitchen to shoot 360º at any time so if you want to make the windows less white you can always light the close ups 😉 

Have a good one! 

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hmm.. Because efficiency/speed is your goal and you have one lift, my impression is that you will have to rely more on natural light through the windows? If you're okay with that look, and focusing more on shaping the light inside.

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On 2/24/2020 at 6:50 AM, Joseph Tese said:

hmm.. Because efficiency/speed is your goal and you have one lift, my impression is that you will have to rely more on natural light through the windows? If you're okay with that look, and focusing more on shaping the light inside.

That could be an option.Just worried the light might change over time.Also there isnt enough light coming in the room during afternoon.What if I have a light right on top of the window shining in? Maybe a kino 4 bank or something similar.

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