Sometimes, on shoots, you can not only be short of time, but also of lights. Here are several quick two and three-light setups that will help you achieve a cinematic look in interviews.
As I pointed out in a previous article on shooting cinematic videos, the footage has to obey a variety of rules. One of them is how you illuminate the subject. In this short video tutorial, filmmaker Tom Antos shows an example of how using simple lighting techniques with limited sources can help you achieve a pleasing light that resembles scenes from movies. As you can see, the camera is placed on the shadow side of the subject. Antos stresses the fact that you need to preserve the shadows as much as you can, because they define the shape of the face.
In cases where he has lights that are weaker in power than the ambient light, he uses the formerly main softbox now as a fill. In other cases, the fill light role was not preferred, so he used a hard key light. In both cases, shadows are preserved. Lighting is to define the shape and the mood of the scene, not to reveal all the details.