The enemy of film crews who roll just about everything we have on wheeled carts is sand. Deep soft sand makes it impossible to use the wheel (which is a nifty invention) and means that we have to pick up everything and carry it.
Many of the lights we use aren’t all that heavy, but have multiple parts (head, scrims, barn doors, ballast, feeder cables, stand) which can’t be carried by one person, so the normal solution is to throw the whole ugly mess in a cart and bring it to set.
Not so much with the sand.
Large lamps can’t be moved easily, either, since the wheeled stands won’t roll in deep (or shallow, for that matter) sand – which means that they require four guys to move them.
We hate that. So does our boss, who can’t get lamps placed as quickly as he or she would like due to the increased need for manpower because of that sand.
This particular set was in the bed of a mostly dry river (it’ll be a mostly full river once the rains start), so we ended up having to carry equipment over the deep soft sand all night.
Luckily we had enough manpower so things came together fairly well, but boy do my calves hurt now.