HOW TO FILM ON BEACHES IN FORT LAUDERDALE/MIAMI FLORIDA

     Welcome back and warm seasons greetings to all our readers out there!

In today’s topic we’ll be discussing some of the challenges of “Filming On Beaches In Fort Lauderdale or Miami Florida.”

So time to get to it!

    The Southeastern front has some of the clearest and beautiful beaches found within the United States, and if you haven’t seen them yet, you’ll want to after these pictures. Some may call the beaches overcrowded but you can’t blame visitors or residents because 80% of the year the waters are most welcoming. 

These beaches are home to fascinating dive sites, marine life, and culturally thrifty stores. Not to mention all the beautiful people! But, thats not what we’re here to discuss as you most likely will on set as a few topless Brazilian women pass you by on South Beach.

 

The first of several major issues you’ll be battling with as filmmaker is the WEATHER. It’s not all clear skies on these beaches and it’s important to come prepared. For most of the year in Sunny Florida you’ll want to bring a few things. The list goes as follows:

1. BLANKETS FOR EQUIPMENT/REST AREAS

2. SUNSCREEN LOTION

3. A PORTABLE STEREO

4. EQUIPMENT SILKS TO PROTECT CAMERAS

5. EXTRA WATER

6. SWIMSUIT

7. COMFORTABLE SHOES

8. A CHARGED PHONE

     The weather can either be welcoming or your worst nightmare baring sporadic winds or brutal heatwaves. Dress comfortable, secure equipment from sand or water, and bring refreshments to ensure a enjoyable shoot.

The next issue is dealing with LIGHT. Depending on whether its overcast, partly cloudy, or clear skies this can greatly affect the look of your subject. A few basic things to remember is lightly cloudy is great for creating soft images as it acts like a diffuser. If it’s clear skies you may end up increasing the shutter and using a bounce board to control the hard lines, but filming in black and white goes perfect with this kind of situation. And, the least enjoyable to deal with is partly cloudy because you have to predict how much time you have from cloud to cloud, which as anyone knows with the higher levels of film production, planning is key!

The final issue to watch out for is your talent being DISTRACTED BY VIEWERS. If you’re working with a model and typically you are on the beach, it is very important to keep them focused. The beach is a free for all so managing how little passerby’s see is quite difficult unless you have the budget to do so. For the sanctity of your talent if aN observant individual watches on what may be a revealing scene don’t feel bad asking them politely to move it along. I.e. One of our fashion shoots we had a kind homeless man watch 10 yards off and steadily came closer as the model was posing partially nude. Needless to say the talent became uncomfortable and the shots suffered from that vulnerability. Protect your talent at all costs!


       Filming in South Florida and especially on their extravagant beaches is a must see. It makes for a fun and exciting set most of the time if you have the items we mentioned prior. We hope that you found this useful on your next endeavor and we would be happy to accommodate your next production.

Please see our video section for previously made work and we look forward to having you next time!

Cheers!