Filming on a Tropical Island

Filming on a Tropical Island

I just came back from a three-day trip filming a high-profile commercial in the Bahamas. Specifically, the island of Bimini (officially known as Alice Town). This isn’t some all encompassing list of things to consider while filming remotely on a tropical island. This is just some shit I learned on this specific trip:

  1. The weather forecast will be wrong because it’s a tropical island! Conditions can change whenever. Formations occur very quickly.

  2. Bring a light rain-resistant jacket. Think Jurassic Park vibes. It may rain. It may be sunny. It may be both many times in one hour.

  3. Mosquitoes are a thing! Bring strong bug spray! Don’t forget! They will swarm for your blood!

  4. Hot sauce keeps the flies away — they don’t like the scent. Put it around a methanol candle thing. Learned this one from a native Bahamian.

  5. Wear shoes with comfy insoles. There will be a lot of walking, a lot of hot energy-draining sun smacking down on your body, lots of sweat, lots of sand your legs will trudge through (this will feel like “leg day” at the gym, after a while).

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