They say the weather changes every hour in Florida. Except during our 2 day shoot. The first two days were absolutely miserable. Pouring rain that rarely stopped and atrocious humidity, I embraced it and adjusted the shooting schedule in order to keep the continuity in case the storm blew over. It was windy too, but not putting the surroundings in danger with the drone, besides, I was all in. I flew in actors, secured hotel rooms, rented a truck, bought a ton of props, so there was no way I wasn't shooting, even when raining. After seeing the storm shots--the clouds with the impending wrath on the horizon, Jeremy driving the van in the rain, Chandler fishing in the gulf, it gave the short an eerie feel that would have been hard to recreate. Even the Ronin held up in the rain, even though it's stated as not being weatherproof whatsoever. Luckily.
One of the most important things for me as a shooter and director is to leave room to improvise. While I have shot lists, I don't have storyboards. I have reference shots in mind (Jeremy's shot outside the window from below is my Kubrick homage), but I leave the majority of the shots to find when I'm shooting. A lot of this has to do with lack of prep time, but working live events has allowed me to get better at finding a shot quickly. That said, I attribute a lot it to being an editor as well: knowing what cuts and what doesn't makes getting a shot in the first couple of takes makes it a lot easier to move on with confidence.
As for the actors, Jeremy and Chandler were amazing to work with: they took their jobs seriously, even though the shoot was grossly small and independent, which I was worried about at first, but I think by knowing exactly what I wanted, keeping them abreast of what we were doing at all times, and sticking to a schedule, they had the confidence to do whatever I was asking of them, which is all you can ask for as a director, even if it did involve a gopher trap, shady motel, or going fishing in a storm.