Corporate filming in the summer! And down here in Dallas, Texas, that means things are heating up this time of year. For the corporate film set, this can have some major impact. So in today’s blog, let’s talk about temperature and it’s effect on shooting industrial and corporate video.
Hot Corporate Filming
When shooting in a hot environment (July in Texas certainly qualifies), you can expect production to slow down. If you’re shooting indoors, it’s not as big a deal. But if you’re shoot is taking place outdoors, this can lead to a huge time delay. With the heat, the crew starts to move slower. People need more breaks. When you schedule the shoot, make sure you allow for these delays.
Logistically, try to avoid parking the base camp in unprotected hot areas. Look for shade and areas that people can take cover from the sun.
- Water – You will need plenty of water for crew, talent and client. Nobody needs to be a hero and try to make it without properly hydrating. Bad things happen if you don’t drink enough water.
- Cover – A popup canopy, umbrellas, courtesy flags, and hats are critical cover equipment when out in the hot sun.
- Sunscreen- Right next to the water at the crafty station, make sure there’s enough sunscreen. And use the heavy stuff– it’s not about a tan, it’s about staying healthy.
- Fans or Portable AC Units- We’ve been in situations where we’re shooting in large tents or pavilions. There are portable AC units and certainly industrial fans that can make a huge difference.
Looking For Trouble on the Corporate Film Set
So what do you do if trouble strikes? First off, you need to know how to spot heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The Mayo Clinic has some great info here.
Heat exhaustion signs and symptoms include:
- Faintness or dizziness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Heavy sweating often accompanied by cold, clammy skin
- Weak, rapid pulse
- Pale or flushed face
- Muscle cramps
- Weakness or fatigue
If you suspect someone of heat exhaustion, immediately move them out of the heat, into cover. Lay them down and elevate the feet and have them drink cold fluids. When Heat Exhaustion continues, it can become the even more serious Heat Stroke, which can lead to death.
Keep It Cool!
The key to corporate filming in the summer heat is being prepared. Have the necessary supplies and equipment needed to bring the corporate film shoot to a successful wrap. Plan on slow downs and take your time. Have a great shoot!