Day exteriors are usually pretty uneventful for electricians. We might move around a few lights, but generally the ones getting worked are the grips.
But even if we have an easy day work-wise, this time of year the heat makes everything seem more difficult.
The heat can be not so bad or completely terrible, depending on where one is shooting. Yesterday, we were shooting in the cement-lined quad of a community college.
A few trees, but not even a hint of a breeze and the thing about cement is that it radiates the heat back – even the soles of my feet were hot, and my face got burned under the brim of my hat just from the reflected heat.
The only time I have ever passed out from the heat at work was under similar circumstances – hot day, cement quad, relentless sun.
In addition to the heat, it’s suddenly gotten uncomfortably humid here in Southern California. Not Florida humid, but 40% is like a steam bath to those of us accustomed to the desert.
One of the things I notice about humidity is that I never get any relief from the sweat. It doesn’t evaporate, it just clings to me and makes me clammy and smelly. I also tend to not drink enough water when it’s humid.
This production, in an effort to be ‘green’ doesn’t supply water bottles, only those teeny waxed paper cups.
Luckily I remembered to bring my own bottle, but I clearly didn’t drink enough as by wrap I had no strength left.
Even carrying a head feeder across the quad’s pitiful patch of burned grass made me feel like Atlas.
I downed about a liter on the drive home, and thought I’d be okay, but I woke up this morning sore and feeling hungover, even though I’d had no alcohol.
Today was day two in the heat (in a different location with more trees and marginally less cement) and my strategy was to mix electrolyte powder with every other bottle of water, and to make sure to keep the bottle somewhere I could get to easily – I can’t hang it on my belt as a liter of water is surprisingly heavy, but I kept it near (but not on top of) the HMI ballasts, so as we moved the heads around I would see the bottle and take a swig.
I think it worked as right now I don’t feel terrible and I had to pee about every hour.
I’m still going to try to get through another liter with the powder before I go to bed, though.
Tomorrow, we’re on stage all day – a stage with crappy air conditioning, but at least we’ll be out of the sun.
Call time Monday: 6 am
Wrap time Monday: 8 pm
Drive home: 45 minutes
Call time today: 6:30 am
Wrap time today: 7 pm
Call time tomorrow: 8 am