While working on my first small budget feature I encountered a problem I was unsure how to handle as the Audio Mixer. We were shooting inside a warehouse and one morning there was a heavy rainstorm that could not be muffled or worked around.
Because we had a very tight production schedule we couldn't wait for the rainstorm to pass and had to shoot through it. I still miced the actors as usual but I feel the lack of usable audio affected the performance of the actors detracting from the film (beyond just the audio which will be covered in ADR). I am not sure if i could have handled the situation from an audio perspective in a way that would have encouraged a better performance. I was curious as to what would be the best way to handle a situation where you know the audio is not going to be usable and if you guys had any tips on micing actors when that much white noise is present.