One eye on the weather

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As an ex-pilot, I’m accustomed to keeping a nervous eye on the weather forecast. I haven’t flown for a while, though, and so have got out of the habit.

Now it’s back with a vengeance. Our shooting schedule for No Evil is tightly restricted – mainly by the availability of cast & crew. And I’ve come to realise that we’ve made something of a rod for our own backs with the script.

The problem is, a lot of the action takes place outside. And that creates two issues – light and weather.

We’re shooting in August, which means that if the sun is out, it’s going to be harsh. We have a couple of reflectors to soften the shadows, but not much in the way of fill lights (one 400W work light and the 150W modelling lamps of two studio flash heads). And some of our locations are far from a mains supply. We don’t have any budget for more lights, generators or huge battery packs.

Actually, it was the lack of lighting kit that led us to use outdoor locations in the first place. I hope that doesn’t come back to bite us. I definitely see some more lighting equipment in my future.

We’re also shooting in Normandy. That means the weather is likely to change every five minutes. That causes continuity problems and the chance that some shooting could get rained off. On our tight schedule, that’s a problem.

Excuse me while I go check the forecast … again …

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