Editing out bad weather

Posted on: October 20, 2016

The unpredictable weather that Britain is known for has up to now limited its potential as a film location – but that could all be set to change thanks to CGI technology.

Producers are now happy to scout for UK locations, safe in the knowledge that they can edit out the cloud and rain and replace it with sunshine – taking advantage of British tax breaks as well as the beautiful scenery in the process.

The latest colour-correction techniques mean that dark skies and clouds can be removed in post-production and substituted by the most appropriate weather for the scene. Only driving rain and strong winds pose challenges that are harder for the editors to overcome – although the technology could give actors a more difficult set of tests by having to look as if they’re enjoying balmy sunshine when in reality it’s freezing cold!

This isn’t good news for the traditional – and much more expensive – film locations such as California where, although sunshine is almost always guaranteed, the bright light can b

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When Autumn begins

Posted on: October 11, 2016

Having enjoyed the Indian summer weather of recent weeks, you’d be forgiven for thinking that autumn hasn’t yet arrived. So, the questions is "When does autumn really start?”. 

Well that depends on whether you are referring to the astronomical or meteorological autumn.

There are two separate dates which could be said to mark the start of autumn. One is defined by the Earth's axis and orbit around the sun and the second is a fixed date which is used by meteorologists for consistent spacing and lengths of the seasons.

The meteorological seasons consists of splitting the seasons into four periods made up of three months each. These seasons are split to coincide with our Gregorian calendar making it easier for meteorological observing and forecasting to compare seasonal and monthly statistics. Meteorological autumn began on 1 September and ends on 30 November when we move to winter.

In contrast, this year’s astronomical autumn began on 22 September and ends on 20 December. The astronom

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