The ground is coming up up quick!
Back on the ground we are preparing the landing zone. The biggest challenges we face are wind speeds and strangely enough, seeing as we are miles from anywhere; congestion. With so many skydivers coming in to land in such a small area it is importnat that they are able to clearly define their entry line so not to crash into each other. Once on the ground they will need to gather up their chutes and join their team mates quickly in order to allow the remaining skydivers the space they need to land.
An added element of difficultly is the fact we will be using a landing flare to direct the teams to the drop zone. In order to capture the action we have set up 18 cameras that have been buried in the desert floor. There will also be a heli-cam in the air. If the wind changes direction it is likely to redirect the flare smoke, potentially causing us to lose the shots we have planned as the ground cameras will be blinded by the smoke. The flare smoke is also used to disguise the producution team on the ground. Should we lose the cover of the smoke it is also likely that the helicam will pick us up in their shots. We are shooting this scene at 5.15 and only have 1 take before we lose the light. Finger crossed.