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Adventures of a 1st Time Feature Filmmaker

[su_heading size=”20″]Why I’m not God [/su_heading]

As I have been writing and sharing my thoughts, epiphanies, triumphs and setbacks it occurred to me that an update is due! So what have we been up to since the last post you might ask? For starters, I’ve been brushing up on my carpentry skills.

Crystal building the rain machine
Crystal building the rain machine

My associate producer, my DP and I built two different frames to create rain for the trailer shoot of The Law of Moises. The scene we most wanted to share with you is a scene that takes place, dramatically, in the rain. It would have been hard to share the scene if there’s no rain.

God said, “Let there be rain!” But I’m not God…

What did we learn about creating rain frames or DIY rain machines? It ain’t easy to create a believable rain machine.

Creating the frame is relatively easy. We found a few different options that were graciously provided on YouTube and followed the instructions. One was a wooden square with a garden hose attached and small holes drilled sporadically throughout the entire length of the hose.

Rain Machine
Rain Machine

[su_column]This turned out to be a really heavy option and the rain fell in streams rather than the fast drip you would expect when viewing rain. There was also too much water released from the contraption that soaked the actor more quickly that we wanted for the scene.[/su_column]

See a test below.

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[su_frame]The second frame was created using pvc tubing and sprinkler heads. This option was light, provided a downpour with the individual “drops” of rain we needed for filming and was the more workable solution to meet our needs.[/su_frame]

Why not just point a garden hose to the sky and start filming you might ask? One, we needed a high water capacity hose like firefighters use and we didn’t have that. The cost of the hose was greater than we wanted to spend for the single use. We considered purchasing a used fire hose, renting a pump trunk and a few other options, but producing the trailer on a small budget didn’t allow for those options.

At the end of the day (and the end of the shoot) we got the shots we needed and both of the rain frames provided the needed moisture.

Here are a few shots of the rain machines at work

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Crystal