How do you add instant drama to your scenes? Rain and sappy music of course. Using some wood, rope and a garden hose Erik shows you how to make a Hollywood rain machine
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Hey everyone and welcome to the technical blog for Episode#13 (rain machine). All you people who wanted a cheap way to recreate good looking "movie rain" read below. The coolest thing about this project is you probably have a lot of the parts laying around the house. Remember you can submit your project ideas here!
Warning: I'm using power tools to build this project. Always have adult supervision when using power tools if you are under 18. Seriously people be careful.
1. 25-50ft garden hose.
(I bought a 50ft one, but the water only came out about half way. I'd try a 25 footer)
2. Some cheap wood.
(I got about 20ft of 1"x2" beams. If you have some old 2"X4"s laying around just use those.)
3. Cable ties.
(I used these to fasten the hose to the frame. You could use duct tape in a pinch.)
4. Plastic Hose cap.
(This was like a dollar and screws on to the end of a hose to cap it off.)
5. Female to male hose adapter.
(This is a simple piece that allows you to screw the end of one hose to the beginning of another. Mine came with a nifty valve.)
6. 4 eye bolts.
(To provide a good place to hang ropes.)
(I used some left over nylon rope I had from the samurai armor, but whatever you get make sure it is strong enough to support the rig. You don't want this thing falling on your actors.)
8. Some screw, nuts and bolts.
(Basically something to hold the frame together. I used wood screws.)