April 28, 2015 at 7:54PM
Lighting a Hotel room for a night scene?
I have an interesting dilemma I'd like to get input on. I have an upcoming shoot for a feature film in which a scene takes place inside a hotel room at night. The scene is a heated conversation between two characters, so they are walking around and are rarely stationary.
We want to shoot the scene handheld on a shoulder rig with long takes that will be choreographed with the blocking of the actors. Because of this, more than likely, the camera will have a 360 degree view of the entire room on any given take. This also helps us because our time in the hotel room is limited and we won't have time to break down and set up a dozen or so shots. It is much more practical (and time/cost effective) for us to light the room rather than individual shots.
My question is how would you go about lighting a scene like that? Since it is a hotel room drilling lights to the walls and/or ceilings is not an option. Lightweight LEDs could be an option if they are light enough to be supported by velcro or something along those lines. Our absolute last resort is to rely solely on practicals.