What to wear on shoots...

You can’t work properly as a runner if you are on location all day and it’s freezing cold and wet and you are wearing only a jumper with jeans and trainers. Nor can you be as fast or efficient in a studio wearing flip-flops or high heels.

It sounds obvious, but you have to think practically and sensibly when it comes to what to wear on a shoot, otherwise you are going to be of no use to anyone.

What is good for location shoots in winter / bad weather?

• First off, invest in a really good winter coat, ideally an all weather kind with breathable material like Gore-Tex, basically something that will keep you really warm and dry.

• Get a good pair of gloves and a scarf to really keep the cold out. We can lose up to 50% of our body heat through the top of our head, so a hat also is essential. 

• As you are on your feet all day, consider getting some boots or tough shoes that will keep your feet toasty and dry should you find yourself outside in the rain and mud for 15 hours.  Pair them up with some thick socks as that will also help prevent you from getting any blisters - nothing is more distracting to your working day than having wet sore feet.

• Waterproof trousers are also really useful if it looks like you will be in the rain all day. Alternatively combat trousers are good to wear on most occasions because they have lots of pockets in which to put your bits and they dry a lot faster than jeans should you get wet. 

• I know it’s not cool, but thermal underwear can be a lifesaver when it is bitterly cold and who is going to know anyway…

• Heat gets trapped between the layers of your clothes, so pack in a couple of extra layers underneath your coat instead of one big jumper to keep you warm. Don’t pack in so many layers that it gets restrictive and you can’t move though.

• It’s a small thing, but a lip salve is always comforting and stops your lips from getting chapped when out in the cold.

• For every shoot a belt is really useful because you can clip your walkie-talkie or loop anything else you desire onto it. It can be really annoying having to hold a walkie-talkie all day and you’re more likely to lose it if your putting it down all the time. 

If this is all starting to look mega expensive, then head down to your nearest Army and Navy surplus store (most towns and cities have one). They are packed with loads of great all-weather gear that will be much kinder to your wallet and serve you well on a location shoot. There is a slight possibility that you may end up looking like John Rambo, but at least you’ll be warm and dry and no one will want to mess with you.

What is good for location shoots in the summer?

The summer in Great Britain, as we all know, is never what we all hope it will be, but even on overcast days the sun can still be harmful to your skin.

Sun cream is always something you should slap on in hot weather and take with you in a runners box or an equivalent to share with the rest of the crew. Also drink lots of water yourself, and offer around lots of water on hot shoot days to prevent the crew from de-hydration.

• Sunglasses are useful, but I wouldn’t recommend taking your best pair as you may easily lose them on a hectic shoot day.

• A cap or hat will take some of the heat off your head and help stop you from getting sunstroke if out on location.

• Trainers are fine, but I wouldn’t wear flip-flops or sandals – you’re not on holiday.

• Shorts are obviously good and so are t-shirts etc. Generally I think you can get away with more of your wardrobe in the summer, just as long as you don’t get too over exposed in the sun and you don’t wear something so revealing that the crew can’t concentrate properly. Just think practically.

• Take a light jacket or hooded top with you for when the sun goes down and the temperature drops should the shoot go on into the evening.

What is good for studio shoots?

• Trainers, jeans, sweatshirts, hooded tops etc. are all fine provided that the company you’re working for doesn’t have any restrictions. I’d say that you could probably get away with anything comfortable and casual just as long as your footwear is appropriate enough as you may need to wear shoes or trainers that don’t mark the studio floors.

• There is a good chance that you will be required to wear a company t-shirt or sweater with the name of the show your working on, just to differentiate yourself from the general public. 

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