These are questions which, lately, have been keeping me up at night.
I've been pouring over any material I can find to figure out what I can bring to the table to help out with this challenge. It's a challenge trying to come up with clever ways to get cheap, effective lighting out of super-bright LED's, Cold Compact Fluorescent Lights,and Quartz Halogen Floods. I've got a big pile of high-voltage/amp hour batteries (easily scavenged from a supply of un-iterruptible power supplies that we brought from the States when we came to NZ) which we could potentially use, but they require recharging and would only provide 3-4 hours of lighting per use and would take 24+ hours to recharge. We could hire a generator, but at around $50/day plus petrol (and noise issues) that becomes a hassle as well.
I think the bottom line is that it may be necessary to shoot day for night. There are no extra lights to hire, rig or potentially damage. No additional batteries are required so there is less recharge time.
So let me share my collection of "day for night" shooting tips that I have found and maybe this is the best way to go. Filters are cheap, we have a matte-box and we wont be tripping over things in the dark if we do "day for night".
- Videomaker Magazine "Hollywood's Dark Secret: Shooting Day for Night"
- Austin Film Resource "Successful day-for-night shooting"
- CML (Cinematography Mailing List) "Day For Night - Additional Info..."
- Exposure.co.uk "Film & Video Lighting for Low Budgets"