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Allow me to at least suggest that whatever you come up with it includes getting fill light in their eyes to avoid raccoon eyes from over head light. This is true no matter if you use additional lighting or the light provided in the theatre.
Also, if you go with a light on each side of the stage I would say aim it across to the bride on the opposite side. Probably towards a point that the light can bounce high off a wall if available. I would assume people will be standing as the brides approach so you want to...Show more →
Yes, I will have remote control of the lights from the camera. I will also be able to set up and meter ahead of time. The only problem with the metering is that the theatre will be empty when I meter and I won't know the effect of the people in the seats/standing. Ideally I would like to cross the lights as you said, but then I considered the people standing and creating the shadows that you spoke of. If I placed the lights low at or onstage directly at the end of the aisles, the lighting would be flat, but I wouldn't be worried about shadows as the stage is actually lower than the location that the brides will enter (remember, the aisles go down to the stage). Because the ceiling is so high, I hadn't really considered bouncing that high and that distance. I would be concerned with bouncing off the walls as I think this would create harsh shadows.
I may have to simply use diffused strobes and have my assistant and one of the theatre people in one of the back aisles to hold them. The distance between the brides and the simultaneous entry is what is posing the challenge.
Thanks for your response.