Come Rain Or Shine: The New Technology that allows Filmmakers to Edit The Weather
Concern about the bad British weather may become a thing of the past for future filmmakers, as new advances in CGI and editing technology mean that even the weather can be edited in post-production. A number of top directors and producers have recently told sources that, short of genuine storms or gale force winds, most weather conditions can be edited and altered after the shoot has taken place.
From LA to London
The film industry was previously heavily dependent on the weather for a successful shoot. One of the chief reasons that Los Angeles became a filmmaking hotspot is said to be because of its long hours of daylight and reliable fine weather. Now, however, editing software that allows filmmakers to brighten their shoot significantly—altering the light, colour, and texture—is effectively changing the weather on screen.
For British and Irish filmmakers in particular, this could be the dawn of a new era in easier shoots. Many productions in the past have had to make significant alterations to their shooting schedule or budget to allow for bad weather to pass or brighten. Now, shoots can still take place as planned.
Out in All Weathers
Interestingly, the desire is not always for bright and sunny weather. A leading producer on the smash-hit television series, Game of Thrones, recently commented that her team were forced to “colour correct” shoots in post-production because the weather was not sufficiently gloomy. A spell of hot and sunny weather was unsuitable for scenes that were required to look stormy and dimly lit. This was corrected by editing software after the shoot in order to achieve the desired effect.
“Even when conditions are unpredictable,” the producer told an online source, “the advances in editing technology mean that we can regain a bit of control. We can make the weather appear however we want it to.”
While the advances will make certain shoots easier for filmmakers, it is thought mainly to affect big-budget productions. Editing software and post-production expertise can be expensive, and so changing the weather could still be out of reach for low-budget, independent pieces. However, the British film industry is currently enjoying a record-high period of investment. Records compiled by the British Film Institute in 2014 showed that the UK film industry received a staggering £1.471 billion, and the industry continues to grow.
As the technology becomes cheaper in time and investment continues, smaller scale productions may soon have access to it too. The weather will be changeable in more ways than one! Soon it will be in everyone’s hands, and budget, to change the effect of the weather in their film.