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1 Introduction For every aspiring filmmaker the choice of shooting a motion picture in an outdoor location offers many challenges and benefits Choosing an exterior setting marks a departure from the controlled environment of the studio or any other indoor location which through the use of gels lighting techniques props and other paraphernalia can be adjusted to suit almost any need Dealing with the exterior environment means facing the fickle nature of the elements as well as human interference While the pros and cons of the exterior shoot are broad and somewhat ambiguous I have decided to concentrate on four main areas of concern issues of Direction Support and most importantly Lighting and Camera 2 Exterior Location Shooting Direction and Support When going out to scout for an exterior location several main factors must be taken into account Is the site chosen for the shoot accessible Is there an adequate infrastructure in the area to accommodate the vast needs of a modern movie shoot These issues fall under the purview of direction and support It is important that all such issues unrelated to the actual shooting process be identified and dealt with long before the cameras start rolling otherwise nothing will ever get done The crew will be required for instance to appoint an assortment of personnel for lock-up duty This entails positioning crew members around the perimeter of the film set to direct civilians away from the location so as to avoid any unnecessary interruptions from the public This can be a tricky prospect as some people will resent the interference in their daily schedule The presence of non-crew members leads into the next major support problem the issue of safety A film set has a number of dangerous obstacles and equipment that through recklessness and negligence can cause serious harm to the unwary Cameras cables tripods and cases lying around have often been the cause of
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