Since the invention of the Canon 5D, it has taken scouting to a whole new level and preparing that package that allows you can take advantage of serendipitous moments, lightning in a bottle so to speak, is essential.
On Act of Valor, we shot on four continents, twelve states and five different countries. Our method was to land in a foreign country, get our boots on the ground, start to scout our locations for about a week, and then shoot for a week. Both our scouting and shooting packages were aboard the plane in our overhead bin space. I took a small compliment of Panavision Primos, Canon L Series and Zeiss ZE primes. While we were scouting in Cambodia and heading to Kampot, I looked out the window and saw a river that led to these amazing mountains that resembled Fiords. We jumped out just as a long skinny boat was heading up river. We whipped out the Panavision 35mm Primo and slapped in on the Tripod and tilted up with the boat to reveal the mountains where our terrorist would be running his training camp. Go it. Let’s continue scouting.
These spontaneous moments are jewels and capitalizing on them is paramount. On the day when we were scheduled to shoot this, the water level had dropped and it was overcast.
The Scouting Locations Package
Soup to Nuts
1-Tiffen 77mm WW ND Filter Set .3-2.1
2-Multi International plug
1-FireWire CF Card Reader
2-500GB bus powered G Drive
1-Lee Color Gel Swatch
1-Rosco Color Gel Swatch
What is in your scouting package? What moments have you been able to grab while location scouting?