I got this project through Smart Shoot. They're sort of a referral service. You apply to have an account with them and when jobs come up that they think you qualify for, they post them to a call board where you just click to claim them. Not a bad way for a filmmaker starting out to get experience working with clients and finishing projects on a tight deadline.
The electrical panel scene posed particular challenges. The room was small and dark. I could boost the gain to achieve an exposed image, but I would sacrifice what little color the basement scene had to offer. Also, the bare wood walls didn't offer much to keep the image very interesting. Very flat and boring. In bringing in a small work light and opening the door, we were able to save the shot
We had some similar issues with the furnace scene. Just outside of frame is the work light. You can see the guy's elbow in the background, holding the light. I might have asked him to get out of the shot but his presence doesn't bother me. He adds a little shape and interest to the background.