Doing work experience at a small production house, the first thing that my supervisor told me was "Use the scopes to get the blacks black and whites white". Basic correction, but not doing it can ruin your grade (unless super deep blacks or blown out highlights is a specific look you're going for).
Update - have done some tests using a car battery to power some worklights borrowed from a friend - looks better than I thought! I've also written in some torches in the scene to provide a little extra light where needed. Thanks for all the feedback, it's really helped.
Shooting this weekend. Wish me luck
Thanks for the feedback guys. It's gonna be a tough shoot but I'll do what I can. I've been doing some tests with the ambient lights in the area, using a few cheap cordless light sources, silhouetting against the view, etc. I'll plan ahead and hopefully it turns out ok
I run a very similar setup (VideoMic Pro, Zoom H1, few different lenses) and it works great for what I do. I'm sure many other students will say the same. Gear really shouldn't hold you back when it comes to cinematography.
Great tips, really handy. Being a student, can't say I've ever really worked with a professional actor hahaha