A Perfect Storm was directed by Timothy Busfield, whose credits include Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip,The West Wing, and most recently Lipstick Jungle with Brooke Shields. He is also best known for his role as Elliot Weston on the show Thirtysomething. Tim also celebrated his birthday on the set with a surprise birthday cake with candles, exclaiming "400 hundred episodes of television and I never got a cake!" Needless to say he was thrilled with the cast and crew and they are looking forward to his return.
The cafe scene with hurricane force winds was filmed during a sunny Florida day, all the wind and rain was brought in using large air boat stile fans known as ritter fans and over 3000 gallons of water.
The ballroom scene for the reunion was filmed at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. The set decorations and extras were all made up to resemble a 1990 prom during the shoot.
The interior scene from the police substation was filmed entirely inside the sound stage, using water from hoses and small e-fans for wind. The part of the scene when the door is pulled open by the wind is actually created by two special effects people pulling the doors open with rope.
To film the scene in which Jim Longworth enters the cafe, Matt Passmore was continually was being bombarded with heavy winds and rain for over an hour, which may amount to just over a 3 minute scene, tops.
Production notes courtesy of Marc Weinstein.