An Insider’s Guide to Puddle-Making
How do you make a puddle? A pretty straightforward (if slightly unusual) question at first glance. But what about when you’re not making just any old puddle, but the perfect puddle; one reaching only the highest of puddle standards? Then it’s not as simple as it seems.
Before you even get to the all-important liquid, you need something for the puddle to fill. And for our shoot, we needed something generic enough that it worked across the world – so we chose gravel. That’s sorted then. Just get a bag of gravel, right? Again, not that easy. We needed spare puddles to allow for probable puddle-damage after each take. So we had palette upon palette lined with tarpaulin and filled with artfully sculpted gravel, ready for a multitude of takes.
Now for the main event: the puddle itself. For our super slo-mo shot, we needed this to be a beautiful one. The Claudia Schiffer of puddles, per se. Just the right depth. Just the right viscosity. Just the right colour. So after following a carefully honed recipe and much testing, we were ready to shoot.
But wait, it turns out stepping in a puddle is no easy task either. Too much splash and you can’t see the shoe, too little and there’s not enough action. And each take means a new, clean pair of trainers, and a new puddle too. It takes time and persistence to get the perfect shot. Well, that, and a small lorry-load of gravel…