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Hey! Indie gaffer here.
both your references feature two things: a soft top light, and some sort of window or door that leads into darkness.
For your top light, many solutions are available, but the idea is that it has to be as large and shallow as possible and remain off the walls. You can use litemats on the ceiling through a diffusion with a litetools grid, and skirts. Alternatively, for cheaper, you can use a Chinese lantern ; however that will give you slightly harder shadows and it will not be as tight to the ceiling.
Then don’t turn on any practicals, and make sure you leave that door or window dark (or cleanly blacked out).Back to Lighting...