Mountain Weather Masters

Specializing in mountain weather forecasting & consulting for film & television production.

WATCH: 'The Hateful Eight' Gang—Well, Seven of Them—On Making Tarantino's Gutsy, Claustrophobic Western

Cast members Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, and Samuel L. Jackson enjoy regaling a Hollywood crowd with their stories of shooting the filmmaker's latest, in theaters Christmas Day.

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I had the pleasure of moderating a recent Screen Actors Guild panel with seven of Quentin Tarantino's "Hateful Eight" at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, where the 70 mm was glorious indeed on that giant screen. (Demian Bichir was coming into town the following day from Mexico.) The cast, who clearly enjoy each other's company, bonded deeply on the wintry location in Telluride, Colorado, where their director forbade anything on set with an on or off switch, said Jackson. They learned to adapt to Bob Richardson's ultra-wide Panavision lens, used for the first time since 1966's "Khartoum," which kept many of them in the shot in that very crowded Minnie's Haberdashery. 

During lengthy rehearsals, Russell and Tarantino newcomer Leigh had to figure out how to cope with being chained to one another for much of the shoot, describing themselves as an old married couple. They built trust, as Russell had to beat the shit out of his partner. It's notable how much the gang support and promote Leigh, who does pop out of the cast as bad-ass Daisy Domergue, standing up to her punishment like a man. There's some debate as to who plays the smartest and baddest of the Hateful Eight: is it Jackson or Leigh? 

If you watch the video, there are spoilers, so I've reorganized the Q & A transcript and marked the spoilers at the bottom. Read on!

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The Beginning of Mountain Weather Masters

This past December-March 2014-15 I provided weather forecasts and snow safety consults for Quentin Tarantino’s feature film The Hateful Eight, filmed near Telluride, Colorado. I circled the wagons with a few friends who all have many years of experience forecasting weather and avalanches including a soon to retire NWS meteorologist. We formed a weather forecasting/snow safety consulting group to work with the motion picture and television industry. Creating Mountain Weather Masters seemed a good thing to do.

Thanks to my wife Lisa’s artistic and technical skills, a beautiful woodblock print (for the homepage) from friend, artist extraordinaire Susie Billings and wordsmithing by Mike Friedman and me, we put together a cool website. Please take a look and if you’re about to make a film give us a call….

Jerry Roberts