I will use large, light sources, keep the light sources away and cut down levels with diffusion and scrims to give a soft lighting to the sets and actors. I will double up or treble my diffusion with grids or muslins to get a nice, warm soft Christmas look. I don't like to use diffussion infront of my lens, I will llight actors from the side or from the top and often a combo of the two with a hairlight from the top. I will backlight my actors in daylight, whilst continuing to light from the side. I will light to a high contrast ratio in order to keep my blacks lively whilst keeping all other tones inthe palatte rich and warm.
All these images are examples of diffused, soft lighting, deep blacks and warm reds.
I will frame the faces so they stand out, contrasting color in each scene which will bring relief from the 'patina' made tonally by using gels and filters of subtle antique suede and coral. These images are examples of a patina contrasting with color. I will expose 1 or 2 stops under key which enables me to control the contrast ratio by adjusting the fill light. I will also carry kinos and HMI's to make actors faces brighter, with use of gold reflectors to make skin tones warm. For this Christmas movie, actors will always be the brightest part of the frame.