Cold weather in movies

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by James Slattery, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. James Slattery

    James Slattery Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Long Island
    I was watching a couple of films that supposedly take place in winter. Snow on the ground, snowflakes falling, yet when the actors speak, you can't see their breath. Preposterous.
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  2. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    That was a flaw in the recent Murder On The Orient Express.
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  3. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff

    Marysville, WA
    I like how many Christmas shows/movies have "winter" scenes that have just patchy "snow" in spots along the sidewalk, probably a by-product of filming in August in Vancouver for the December market.
  4. Hot Ptah

    Hot Ptah Forum Resident

    Kansas City, MO
    I have noticed that actors often spend time outdoors in winter weather, with snow on the ground, wearing no hat or gloves, and a light coat or no coat.

    You wouldn’t survive for very long in my home town in central Wisconsin dressed like that.
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  5. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Island Owner

    Zack Island
    It seldom happens that a film crew is working with real snow.
    Depends if they're filming at Winter time or not, or how's the location's weather during the time they filming. Surely there are time limits for filming scenes.
  6. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member

    Let's list our choice for coldest movie:

    Mine would be VERTICAL LIMIT or maybe RUNAWAY TRAIN.
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  7. costerdock

    costerdock Forum Resident

    Prescott, AZ, USA
    I have nothing to add other than my favorite snow related movies:
    • Shining
    • 30days of night
    • Fargo
    • Ice Storm
    • The Thing

    That is about it.
  8. Ron Stone

    Ron Stone Offending Member

    Deep Maryland
    I would think the '80s remake of THE THING was certainly one of the coldest sets, at least the compound exteriors.
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  9. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member

    ^Yep. Right up there.
  10. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I'd go with The Day After Tomorrow!
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  11. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Island Owner

    Zack Island
    What about the ice planet in one of the Star Wars movies?
  12. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

    All CGI looks cold! :)
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  13. ohnothimagen

    ohnothimagen I don't suffer fools or trolls gladly...

    That wasn't CGI in The Empire Strikes Back, Hoth was actually Norway:laugh:
  14. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

    hehe, good point! My post was directed at The Day After Tomorrow. The giant holes in the plot weren't created by CGI, however! :)
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  15. ampmods

    ampmods Forum Resident

    Boston, MA, USA
    A Simple Plan is a good winter movie.

    Also Rocky IV training scene!
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  16. Standoffish

    Standoffish Don't you dare call me an ostrich!

    Frozen (The 2010 horror film)
    The Grey

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  17. torcan

    torcan Forum Resident

    In some TV shows that do a Christmas episode, they have fake snow on the ground but you can still see all the leaves on the trees during the outdoor scenes.
  18. For true freezing winter conditions in a film look no further than Altman's "Quintet"
  19. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Forum Resident

    Fort worth tx
    I felt cold for a week after watching The Revenant.
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  20. Spaghettiows

    Spaghettiows Forum Resident

    Silver Creek, NY
    Goldeneye, the scene after the attack on the remote satellite station in Russia.
  21. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    unless it's on fire...
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  22. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    actors sweating in cold wintry scenes...
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  23. Bender Rodriguez

    Bender Rodriguez RIP Exene, best dog ever. 2005-2016

    New Jersey
    The most recent season of Game of Thrones featured a band of adventurers venturing north of The Wall facing freezing temps and howling winds without covering their heads or extremities. All I was thinking the whole time was "instant frostbite." Totally took me out of the show.
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  24. I'm already shivering just thinking about Runaway Train - this is one of the few movies that has such an effect on me!
  25. Matt Richardson

    Matt Richardson Forum Resident

    Battle of the Bulge. Real German snow (according to the commentary).

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