I'm in pre-production for a short film I'm going to shoot in mid to late August. I managed to get permission to film in a mansion for three days, six hours each, and the main scene will be in the dining room, shown in the attached picture. 3 will be seated along the left, with the hostess appearing on the right.
There's light spill all over, but I figure I can do whatever establishing shot I want when the outdoor light darkens enough, and otherwise block out the light (duvetyne and closing curtains) and use daylight temperature lights instead (also turning off the overhead light. I figure that's easier than trying to attenuate the window light with an ND filter. I'm worried about trying to muck about under the drapery, and am not sure I'll have enough time for trial and error.
For lighting, I have a Rayzr 7 daylight, a Lowel DV creator 1 3-light kit, and color correction gels. My cinematographer and I, and a small crew, have some experience, but I'm sure this will be tricky for us. I'm pretty sure things won't go perfectly, but if any of you have useful tips that might make this go smoother, please tell me!
I might be able to experiment a little beforehand with the lighting on set, but I'm not sure.