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It might take 5 or 6 movie lights to set this up right. A strong key light, a lesser fill light, a back light (or 2 backlights, 1 on each side), and 1 or 2 lights to splash some light on the background (might even clip a colored gel to a background light, for dramatic effect 😉 ). Then see if you can get the fluorescents turned off. Mixing fluorescents and regualr tungsten lights looks horrible, unless your movie lights are strong enough to overpower the fluorescents.
But the fact that you’re asking how to do this makes me suspect that you don’t have a large assortment of movie lights. So you might want to go with just those overhead fluorescents (being sure to white balance before shooting). With just overhead lighting, you’ll have bad shadows on the faces (and everywhere else too). You might be able to counter this by laying some large white sheets on the floor between the subject and the camcorder (and not in the picture). The white sheets should reflect some light up into the shadowed areas, so your subjects don’t look like they have big black holes where their eyes shoud be. X-D Maybe a small light, low, on each side of the camera might help things too (but not too strong, or the problem of mixing fluorescents and regualr tungsten lights rears its ugly head).
Good luck ! (You’re gonna need it 😀 )