The scene is set at sunrise. A businessman in a hotel room will be waking up and getting out of bed. My question is, what is the best way to light this shot? What setup will set the mood of an interior, dawn scene?
I don't know about your bedroom, but in mine, the sun comes streaking through the windows with a hard, warm, contrasty light in the morning! This could be recreated by a strong source from outside the window, gelled warm, and taking care to "tent" or otherwise control the real sun which will move during the time it'll take to shoot the scene. We'd probably use an HMI light as big as a 12K depending on the logistics of the shot, but in certain circumstances maybe an 800w or two would suffice.
The important thing is to actually observe the morning light you wish to emulate and note the quality, direction and color which gives its' unique character, then use the lighting tools at your disposal to recreate the effect.
BTW, the etiquette for many reasons is not to double post these questions. Your query rightly belongs here in the Lighting Design Forum and you'll find that mostly the same people frequent this and the Cinematography pages.
Thank you. I am sorry for the protocol violation. I just wasn't sure where it would be answered. The problem I have is that it will be shot on the 10th floor of a hotel in a room. This makes lighting from the outside impossible. I guess my main question was about the color and you answered that. I am very appreciative of your advice.
Given the 10th floor situation, you might consider using a Source Four Leko to manufacture the appropriate window pattern with the choice of a gobo (pattern maker) that "matches" the actual window treatment in the room. Otherwise, some hotel rooms have small balconies from which you could squirt the artificial morning "sunlight".