“The snow was just a happenstance,” cinematographer Nicole Hirsch Whittaker said. That’s right, the critical “Jupiter’s Legacy” scene in which the party realizes the island is fighting them by changing the weather was unplanned. “We were shooting that whole scene where they get to the trees, and trees start popping out of the ground,” she recalled. “We all went back to our hotels and woke up in the morning, and there was two feet of snow on the ground, which is very Canadian. We were like, ‘Oh my gosh, there’s a snow storm.’ So basically we got to set, everybody talked about it, and decided this is an island that’s alive, so let’s embrace it.” The crew briefly considered packing up and leaving before realizing it was beautiful enough to include in the story. “So they started writing and within an hour we had a new script.”
None of the crew was prepared for snow, nor were any members of the “Jupiter’s Legacy” cast dressed for it. “So it was really cold, but everybody was just like, ‘This is so cool. Let’s just do it.'” Whittaker in particular gives credit to the Canadian crew. “I have to just give a shout out to the camera crew because they’re used to the weather, and the weather being very unpredictable … And it was mind-boggling to me. We could never do that in California. People would be like, ‘That’s insane. We can’t do that.’ They’re just so used to it. I feel like the Canadians sleep with their snowsuits on or something, I don’t know. They’re amazing.”
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