Sometimes you just have to film in the Rain. Whether you want to or not.
Earlier this week, we were doing some filming with Just Isaac for our boxing documentary. We were inside for most of the evening. But, then at the very end of the night, we decided to get a couple of outdoor shots. The thing is, it was rainy. Not a lot of rain, but enough to cause concern. Because water and cameras don't mix well.
We quickly went over some options for how to protect the camera from the rain.
Option 1. Umbrella. This works well, especially if there's not a lot of wind. (But, we didn't have an umbrella with us.)
Option 2. Make your own umbrella. Use something wide, like a reflector and hold it up over the camera. Humans or lighting stands with clamps will work. (Human arms can get tired. Also, if it's windy, this is probably not a good option.)
Option 3. Some sort of plastic covering... Raincoat. Garbage Bag. Shower Curtain. (We were trying to pack light, so we didn't really have any of these either.)
Option 4. Shoot from under an awning or porch covering. (Not available.)
Option 5. Shoot from within a vehicle. Bingo! This was it. We used a minivan with two sliding doors. That way the camera operator can sit inside the vehicle with the camera, but the director, crew, etc. can see the camera screen. (Fortunately for us, it was just drizzling, so those of us who had to stand outside weren't getting too wet!)
Considering that's it's February, it should be snow, not rain. But that's another story.