We’re not here to feature the home, but it’s still the main character in our story. Our set – in all of its gore and glory – is this story’s primary purveyor of realism. Of believability. As our protagonist, the home is worn-in, textured, warm and deeply layered.
In keeping with our naturalistic look and feel, the key light should be consistent natural daylight which enters through a couple of evenly spaced windows. A couple of windows above where the [appliance] is positioned would be ideal. I also imagine a counter on frame left with a window above it, creating a nice opportunity for naturalistic side lighting.
When looking back through the [appliance] we want to find a space that’s oriented into perspective with a connecting room in order to stage the ‘den’. This depth adds realism, strengthens the image, and gives us the power of flow. It means we can stage layers of characters and action, which will be particularly relevant for scene 6.
To the right of the [appliance] should be another door going into a dining room. This is so we can stage the kids running in loop in the 4th scene, and feature extras, motivating our ambient sound.