Re: Filming in winter weather

Stan Gilliam (
Fri, 14 Nov 1997 07:58:14 -0800

Anecdotal reply:

Things become brittle when they are cold. Metal, plastic, tape.

Batteries go dead quicker when cold.

Moisture condenses or freezes on things, such as lenses and viewfinders,
eyeglasses, eyeballs, mustaches, ears, noses.

Video cameras have a moisture sensor that shuts them down at a certain

Lenses can become almost impossible to focus and zoom in sub-freezing

Good luck.

At 02:40 PM 11/13/97 -0800, you wrote:
>>Apologies for an inappropriate list question, but I've got a deadline and
>>need information fast and hope that someone can help out. Can anyone refer
>>me to articles, or even stories, about the difficulties involved in filming
>>in winter? From any perspective -- director, actor, cinematographer,
>>producer, etc.
>It's difficult to point you in the right direction because it's unclear to
>me whether you are looking for anecdotal or technical information. I'm
>assuming that by winter conditions you mean light exposure problems and
>problems with cameras freezing up. I'm also assuming that you are interested
>in film rather than video. Check American Cinematographer: I seem to
>remember that they had an article on the filming of Fargo, ditto The
>Shining. This periodical is indexed.
>Kodak has loads of information on light and temperature issues.
>If you have lots of time to look up biographies, Candian directors and
>cinematographers have great sub-zero filmmaking experiences.
>Oksana Dykyj Tel: 514-848-3443
>Head, Visual Media Resources Fax: 514-848-3441
>Audio-Visual Department H-342
>Concordia University
>1455 de Maisonneuve West
>Montreal, QC, H3G 1M8