October 1, 2014 at 12:43PM
Winter Stunt- River Crossing advice
Hey all. This winter I'm planning on shooting my first short film. There's a key part where a character swims across a river to escape a country.
I know not to just jump right in and do it without study and research first. I have a plan and I want to know what you guys think of it.
First, I'll put my character in a wetsuit, and cover it with adhesive hand/body warmers. Over that I'll put some thermals and his coat and a life jacket. I'll probably dig up some dry suit socks as well.
For the crossing, we would have a rope stretched across the river, tied off securely at both ends, but submerged so it does not show. The character can swim and use this if he gets tired. We'll also have a rope tied to him so we can pull him in in case of emergency.
We'll have two kayaks in the river, one with me and the camera and a paddler and the other waiting in case of emergency.
On the other side we'll have a heated SUV with towels, blankets, sleeping bag, change of clothes, and hot drinks and soup.
What do you guys think? Does this seem like a viable plan? We'll test the heated wetsuit idea in our nearby lake before doing it for the movie. What would you guys do for this stunt?