This weekend, I had two long shoot days on a western webseries. Being a western, it's mostly shot outdoors, and of course there's an obligatory desert scene. It's cold in the desert in California in late March. The rigors of the shoot reminded me of one I blogged about a year ago (Will Freeze for Work).
Out in the desert, we were combating relentless winds; ultra-fine dust that worked it's way into eyes, ears, nose, and mouth; and blindingly bright sun exacerbated by reflection off the white desert surface (this being a period western, these cowboys didn't benefit from sunglasses). At least one in three takes was spoiled by someone's hat being blown away. Several of us were running on only a few hours sleep.
By the time we wrapped, I was covered in dust, had a serious headache, felt disoriented from the wind, and my fingers and toes were numb from the cold. But at the end of the day, when I got into the car to head home, I was nothing but smiles. It was an epic day with a great crew and great actors.
I love this job!
What sort of physically challenging shoots have you done?
(first photo is my own, second is courtesy of Nick Laurent)
-- Gabriel Voss