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Handling Film in Cold Weather
Film shoots happen everywhere, and different areas have their own inimitable problems. If you happen to be filming in an extremely cold locale, here are some things you should remember:
- Great care should be used in handling film in sub-zero weather. The edges of cold, brittle film are extremely sharp; believe it or not, unless caution is exercised they can cut your fingers severely.
- As long as the film is in it's original packing you're covered against moisture loss, but it is important that the film be loaded and exposed promptly after removal from the original packing.
- Do not leave the film in the camera for long periods of time. If it stays in the camera even for a couple of days it may dry out and break where the loop is formed when the camera is started again.
- When loading the camera, make sure the film and the camera are at the same temperature. In fact, always load indoors if it is possible.
- If you're using short ends, always be sure that every can (of film) is tested. Static markings can happen if moisture does get in. This will cause the film to have markings resembling lightning, tree branches or fuzzy spots.
Last of all, try to stay warm yourself!
Pittsburgh Film Corp.