Skies that shoot back!
After being shot at countlessly for years by photographers, the skies above us can grow bored of our antics. Occasionally revolting by firing back at with rain, snow, and other forms of climate based rebellion.
Sometimes a filming day can be pushed back to wait for more suitable weather, but frequently the film crew simply has to soldier on through adverse conditions.
So how exactly can weather make life difficult? Some things are obvious, heavy rain for example can trash anything electrical.
Aside from forcing crew to wear more clothes, weather can also completely change the visual tone of a scene, even within the space of minutes lighting can change huge amounts and cause large headaches for photographers and cinematographers alike.
Throughout my time on the Tech Hunt set, the Great British weather has thrown everything it can at me! Snow, frost, fog, rain, bitter winds, clouds, even bright sun and blue skies caused issues!
One of the biggest problems with weather is maintaining the continuity of character for the film. The location of the Sun in the sky, the levels of cloud and the amount of haze in the local atmosphere all dramatically change the character of what you’re shooting.
This is especially key in Tech Hunt, where all the camera crew were quietly hoping for wet, miserable weather that mirrors the tone they want to achieve. Grey skies and a dull, downtrodden landscape is key to aesthetic of large sections in the film.
Being in Britain, you would’ve thought that if there was one thing we can rely on, it’s miserable weather. That’s not the case however! Look at all the different characters we got out of just one location!
From the point of that last photo, I would then move my position so that the sun is behind me. That way the shadows are minimised and we still have the grey, hazed, low contrast background for a few hours before the sun overpowered everything by midday.
However, if we wanted to do something different with this lighting, we can use the Sun to create highlights on a subject, and use the haze and a bit of colouring to create a romantic aesthetic:
How did this all turn out for the actual publicity photographs? You’ll just have to wait to find out when the images are released!