The Rain Room


Making it rain at the Barbican Centre with Random International.

In October 2012 Europe's largest arts centre The Barbican commissioned us to produce a kit of promotional films to help launch their newest art installation The Rain Room. 

We made a series of short films to be shown in cinemas, across their network of displays throughout the Barbican space and for online as well as creating custom edits for leading blogs and magazines to help announce the show.

The main film featured online with the New York Times, The Guardian and a handful of other global publications but to date has also received over 170,811 views on Barbican's own YouTube channel.

The promotional kit of short films were presented and used in cinemas, distributed to media and various blogs and used across Random International and Barbican's own channels.


Brief: x1 Short Film

Client: Barbican

Year: 2013

Behind the Scenes

Additional Notes

Shot in a single afternoon on location at the Rain Room we had limited time and a limited budget. We shot on Sony's F700 allowing us to shoot at a variety of frame rates. To light the Rain Room we used a 1.2kw HMI and backlit the rain to really bring out the shape and texture of the water. Our lighting proved so effective that Random International scrapped their system of fluorescent tubes and adopted our lighting for the installations in London and New York.

To help establish the immersive nature of the installation we used a binaural recording technique which is best listened to with headphones on. No cameras were broken during filming but the crew did get a little bit wet.



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