Any filmmaker that's ever attempted to shoot on water has immediately regretted it. James Cameron (The Abyss) and Steven Spielberg (Jaws) are just two directors that have encountered problems making nautically tinged adventures. After being presented with the script for The Shallows, which sees Blake Lively's surfer attacked by a shark and then stranded on a rock for 24 hours, director Jaume Collet-Serra didn't balk at overseeing a production on water, though. But when I sat down with the Spanish filmmaker earlier this week to talk about The Shallows his tune had changed quite a bit, as when I asked him about any advice he had for directors who would shoot in these conditions he simply responded, "It's impossible, don't do it."

Intrigued, I pushed for further details regarding how difficult production was on The Shallows. And in the end Jaume Collet-Serra provided me with 8 obstacles that should have made The Shallows an impossible movie to film, but which he somehow managed to overcome.

The Shallows

The Budget And The Schedule

Making a film has to run to a strict schedule, otherwise its budget can instantly become bloated and spiral out of control. But while a closed set can be controlled relatively easily, when you're out on the beach (The Shallows was shot in Australia), the waves from the ocean don't stop and wait even when an intern politely asks them to do so. Jaume Collet-Serra explained to me:

Every movie that has ever shot on water has gone over budget and over schedule. We went a bit over budget, but didn't go over schedule because we couldn't ... We had the release date and we barely made it.

However, that doesn't mean that everything came out perfectly, because Jaume Collet-Serra admitted, "But if we could I would have."

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