No matter how early we schedule to shoot an outdoor scene it never seems early enough. Case in point. This week we were shooting a scene at some dunes. I knew we had to get there early to get the sun at the right place as well as beat the heat. We just went through this a couple of weeks ago for another shoot so you think I would have had the scheduling down. 7:45-8:00 am was perfect as far as the sun goes and we had until we 10 am, at least I thought. Wrong, by 9:00am I think the temperature was just over blistering(a number doesn't give the heat justice). While dealing with the heat we were also getting attacked by swarms of gnats. It took two of us fanning the cameraman to keep the gnats and sweat out of his eyes. So the next time you are watching a commercial, TV or movie imagine what was going on behind the camera. In this case it was a lot of swatting, fanning and cursing the heat and bugs.