Location Tent Shoot – by Rick Szczechowski


This image is from a tent shoot at Vasquez rocks. Vasquez Rocks is located in northern Los Angeles County, and has been used in numerous movies and television shows. The prominent rock formation has also been nicknamed “Kirk’s Rock” due to being featured in several Star Trek episodes, each time representing a different planet. The use of the rock as a place to struggle with an enemy was echoed in the film Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey twice, once replaying the Gorn Star Trek episode on the TV, and again when title characters are murdered by their doubles at the same location.

This was the last shot of an extremely long day. It had started sprinkling when we were setting up but the Art Director wanted to push on and finish the shot. By the time the tent was set up, the shot was propped, and we were ready to shoot it was raining pretty hard. We waited in the production RV  for about 45 minutes to see if it would stop, but it showed no intention of letting up. Rather than can the shot, we decided to make the best of it and prop the shot as if we intended it to rain. We added some rain boots and had one of our assistants put on some rain gear & walk through the shot.