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Since Mother Nature isn’t a team player and won’t start and stop precipitation on command, when a scene calls for rain we usually just make it by using rainbars.

Rainbars come in all sizes, from teeny drip lines that just make a trickle of water on a window to giant ones like this that have to be lifted with a crane and fed with something that looks like a fire hose.

These big crane ones create really, really nice looking rain, but they pump out so much water that they create a micro-climate that’s noticeably colder than the surrounding area. Which would be great on a hot summer night, but in January it’s just, well, cold. And damp.

My new rain jacket works great, though!

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5 Responses

  1. JCW says:

    It’s funny… During a scene in MILK that required rainbars, SAG extras fought to be included due to the pay bump – us non union folk opted to stand back and and think “Have at it”. It was early February in the Bay Area.

    No regrets.

  2. geekhiker says:

    Always the gear-geek, I gotta know: whadd’ya go with for the rain jacket?

    Peggy sez: I went with a Mountain Hardware Packlite shell. Not the full jacket with inside pockets and double zippers, but good enough for the moment.

    • geekhiker says:

      I LOVE Mountain Hardwear stuff. The last MH jacket I had lasted years, and I’m thinking of getting the Exposure II parka. All the quality of North Face, none of the annoying “you should pay more for this logo” pricing…

  3. JCW says:

    Hey! No fair!
    This is LAST Friday’s photo!

  4. caseyslade says:

    I love your blog…Just started my own. A friend turned me on to you and now you have one more follower…and student……fan…Im a non union 1st ad/ Grip/ Dolly Grio/ Transpo guy…I know…Odd combination…I commonly refer to myself as a indie slut…Anything in Prod or crew that pays…Just wanted to say hi and keep up the good work…on all fronts.

    Casey Slade

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