Penarth is so picturesque – and has such a variety of appealing locations – hardly a day goes-by without a tv or film company setting up its mobile units for a shoot somewhere in the town.
An ITV unit using Penarth as a backdrop – and using a large house in Victoria Road as a location – was at work yesterday and last night.
However, night-time shoots bring their own problems. The cameras still have to be able to see what the actors are doing . …And those ordinary orange sodium street lights just make the entire cast look ill.
If they’re lucky, the location crew will have a bright, clear moonlit night to work with, but sometimes – expecially with the kind of weather experienced over the last few days – they just have to resort to bringing their own moon along with them
The huge hydraulic platform with a 40 foot arm is used to hoist a powerful HMI lamp up to an elevation just about in line with where the moon ought to be and bingo – no matter how overcast the night – there’s dramatic moonlight on the streets of Penarth.