Filming in 48°C – Day in the life of a Camera Operator
Here’s a new guest post by our Camera Operator, Matt Routledge, letting you know about what it’s really like on a video shoot.
At Studio Rossiter, one of our many overseas assignments is working with Carillion to produce not only health and safety videos but also interviews their key heads of department.
One such job led me to Oman to film several interviews at Carillion’s head offices with their various key personnel.
Fortunately my lightweight DSLR camera equipment, tripod and glidetrack allowed me to safely bring the equipment into the country, but what we didn’t plan on was how much the heat would affect certain interview set ups.
It was mid March, pretty much the peak of their hot season in Oman and I set up the camera outside the head offices to interview one of the CEOs.
The temperature bordered on 47 to 48 degrees and within less than 15 minutes the camera had overheated and shut itself down.
Fortunately, I quickly went inside the building and replaced the camera battery with a new one from a cooler bag I had brought over to keep the batteries fresh and cool.
This new battery would be effective in keeping the camera cool in an area where the camera overheats, near the sensor.
But not surprisingly even holding the camera was hard as it was so hot with the conditions, apparently this particular camera, the Canon 7D, overheats at 39 degrees.
As this particular CEO’s time was limited and to make sure we were up and running in minutes, I had no choice but to hold the camera up to an air con near the ceiling in one of the offices to cool it down quicker, and it did just that.
Less than 10 minutes later we were back in business and managed to capture the interview with a lovely scenic backdrop in beautiful sunny weather. Problem solved.
Happily I solved the problem in a professional manner with a minimum degree of fuss and successfully delivered the interview in a way that looked more professional for the client too, even if we had to go that extra mile.
See examples of my camera work and other prestigious companies I’ve worked for.
And here’s a sample of the final video from the shoot