We have recently developed the Rowley SFX Rain Crane – a suspended rain rig flown off a cherry picker or genie boom, which delivers a great rain coverage for deep or wider shots. It was developed for the feature Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and was used for a number of scenes throughout for the opening sequences. Driven off a fire appliance, it certainly put out some grim northern weather!
Our house-developed rain system is unique, focusing on flexibility of use and speed of rigging. Our compact system provides a great amount of rain with economical water consumption. It is silent, instant to cue and cut at the flick of a switch, and extremely mobile with 4×4 capability.
The 30ft (10m) pneumatic rain boom can be mounted on our 4×4 rain truck and will provide a large curtain of rain from high above the shot using our own modification to industry-standard rain heads.
Our hand-held rain booms of 5m are ultra-versatile and can be used in wind-up stands to reach 8m high. In hand-held mode however, we can pan and track with the camera, and turn-around time for set-ups is usually quicker than the camera.
We have also developed a self-powered on-board rain rig for moving vehicles, and our standard rain kit can be rigged almost anywhere, e.g. as an attachment to a Technocrane head, or a moving low-loader.
We’re experienced at managing rain in a studio space, with specially designed rain heads sporting a narrower pattern of spray. We also have the pumps to evacuate the necessary collection tanks or heat water for studio work such as practical baths, etc.
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