Rainfall is a Los Angeles production/post company focused on innovative concepts with a fresh approach. The combined experience of the in-house team covers award-winning feature films, commercials, music videos, short films, and new media content.
Rainfall is now in its fifth year of operation, having evolved significantly since its founding. This year promises to be its biggest yet; in addition to an ever-growing clientele, the base of operations will be expanding to include more artists, more workstations, and a pipeline that can accommodate a much larger workload. Within the past year, Rainfall has provided production and visual effects work for Adam Lambert
, Gloria Estefan
, Steven Tyler
, and many more. Joe Lynch executive produced the horror short The Hunt
, which became the opening selection for G4's Epictober Film Festival. 32 commercial spots were produced for the popular Moshi Monster Bobblebots
campaign. Sound design was created for EA's new SSX
game. Britney Spears' video
won an MTV VMA. It was an incredible year.
The company launched its official website in April of 2008, in conjunction with the release of The Legend of Zelda
april fool's trailer. Within 24 hours of its release on IGN.com, it was watched over 2.5 million times, became the #1 video on MySpace and YouTube, and was the 4th most Googled term in the world. Variety declared it "the most watched trailer on the Internet." Rainfall.tv itself saw over 100,000 visitors on its launch day, and became the 26th most globally Googled term.
Currently, Rainfall is hard at work on a full production slate. In addition to producing content for film, television, and new media, the company continues to focus on visual effects production, motion graphics, music scoring, and sound design as integral parts of its business core. To learn more about the company, please contact us
YEAR 4 IN REVIEW
April 1, 2012
With April 1st at hand, and the company entering its fifth year, it's time to take a look back at the last twelve months. This has been a time of great change, improvement, and restructuring; with even greater accomplishments on the way this year.
As 2011 drew to a close, it became clear that Rainfall Films required a fresh outlook for its continued prosperity and growth. We have always provided a number of services outside of film production, and that number has grown significantly in the last four years. With that in mind, it made sense to re-brand the company as, simply, Rainfall
. By March of 2012 the trademark was in place, and a new home was established: rainfall.tv
Even more change is in store in the coming months. A new, centralized location will be utilized that will be a creative hub for our talented team. Several new workstations are being installed, and new software investments guarantee that Rainfall stays on top of the ever-evolving world that is post-production. We are also excited to welcome several new faces to the visual effects and editorial team, insuring that we can tackle larger workloads at increased complexity.
There were many production highlights of the last year, including:
- Rainfall provided VFX, mastering and sound design for Pitbull's International Love
- Director Ray Kay hired Rainfall to add trippy visuals to Adam Lambert's video, Better than I Know Myself
- Joe Lynch and G4 hired Rainfall to concept and shoot a horror short, The Hunt
, for their Epictober Film Festival. The film, a bloody take on Nintendo's Duck Hunt
, was featured on Ain't it Cool News, Fangoria, Shock till you Drop, and many other outlets.
- Visual effects, motion graphics, color and finishing were provided for the Moshi Monster Bobblebots
campaign, which consisted of 32 broadcast spots.
- Visual effects and graphic design were supplied for Gloria Estefan's energetic Wepa
- Our audio sister company Runsilent completed theatrical 7.1 surround sound design for Red Bull and Brain Farm's The Art of Flight
- Runsilent also created sound design for EA Games' campaign for their new SSX
- Britney Spears' Till the World Ends
music video, which Rainfall provided VFX for, won the MTV VMA for Best Pop Video.
- Collaboration with Robot Films
continues, with two new music videos for Estelle, providing beauty, cleanup, online and color.
- Finally, Rainfall was hired by Lution Media
to provide editorial, VFX, graphics, color and sound design for J. Dash's music video, Transformer
Rainfall recently launched its 2012 Showreel
, which has been featured by Ventilate, Motionographer, Beautiful Disorder, The Flow, Technophilia and more. Strictly Showreels called it "high quality all around," and Maxon, the creators of Cinema 4D, will be including clips from it in their new demo.
There is still no slowing down. With several new productions already underway, and an exciting slate for the summer, Rainfall's fifth year will be our biggest yet. Thank you for visiting, and we encourage you to visit our new Facebook page
, where you can check out even more updates, photo galleries, and announcements. We look forward to another year of incredible collaborations.
Sam Balcomb, Jeff Dodson, & Jesse Soff
Director, Writer, Producer
After graduating from Art Center College of Design's acclaimed film program in 2002, Sam immediately began work on production and graphic design for Nelly, Amerie, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, and many others.
As a director, Sam has filmed and designed national network spots for ABC Studios and IGN, music videos, and several television specials for the G4 network. His short films have won numerous Tellies and festival awards, including first place at DVXFEST and West Fest. His Legend of Zelda
trailer for IGN became their most-viewed video of the year, and has since received over 20 million hits.
Sam currently spearheads Rainfall's live action production and visual effects departments.
Audio | Visual Designer, Composer
Jeff Dodson is an award winning composer and sound designer. A graduate of the Pratt Institute in New York City, Jeff's talent has touched a wide range of media including the network television rebrands of Showtime networks and G4tv. He has worked in the video game industry composing soundtracks for X-men 3: The Official Game
and the successful Bioware game Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer
, and has composed music and SFX for countless trailer, television and home entertainment productions.
In 2011 his sound design work on Rainfall's own The Damage Done
earned him a Telly award, and his sound re-design of Prologue's Disney Tron
intro animation won Prologue the presitgous Art Director's Club award. In 2008 the G4tv rebrand netted a silver medal at the promaxBDA awards.
Rainfall Co-Founder Jesse Soff has spent the past decade working as a producer, editor and director. His work includes award-winning short films (Texas Fortune
, The Ore
, The Damage Done
) music videos (Missy Higgins' Steer
, Young Money's Girl I Got You
, Lisa Donnelly's Naturally
) and commercials (IGN's Bad Game
campaign) Jesse also took on the producing duties of Rainfall's Legend of Zelda
april fool's trailer; and produced/edited the behind-the-scenes content for SONY Playstation's Killzone 3
In addition to his film work, Jesse has written and produced TV spots for Disney, Pixar and Sony Pictures Animation. He has also shot and produced and edited video content for music artists such as Neil Diamond, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Sean Kingston, Natasha Bedingfield, Sara Bareilles, Good Charlotte, Augustana, Brandi Carlile and Michael Grimm.
Director, Designer, VFX Supervisor
Daniel is an ADC award-winning director and designer with more than 8 years of work experience in the United States, England, Germany and South Korea. He is known for his strong visions and creativity in the film and design field.
Daniel started his career as a graphic designer at an advertising and branding studio in Hanover, Germany. Two years after, he moved on and worked as a freelancer for the motion pictures business in Berlin. In 2007, he got a full time position at AKQA London to work on commercial and live action projects for Nike, Ferrari, Coca Cola, and Nokia. Within his first year at AKQA, Daniel moved up to a design lead position.
In 2009, Daniel moved to Los Angeles, where he mainly worked on commercials and feature film projects, including Iron Man 2
, Tron Legacy
, The Amazing Spider-Man
. Currently, Daniel is working on Rainfall's full visual effects and live action production pipeline for music videos, commercials, and feature films.
Stuart Balcomb works for film and TV in Los Angeles. Before moving to LA he studied vibes with Gary Burton and taught composition and arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1974-78; he has written arrangements for Woody Herman, Cher, Donald O'Connor, Andy Williams, Magician David Avadon, Gary Burton and the Buffalo Philharmonic, and composed for Batman: The Animated Series
, The Moses Code,
and The Black Door
, which won Outstanding Achievement at the Elevate Film Festival.
He also scored The Ore
, an award-winning short film which was featured on the Sci-Fi Channel; five films for the Elevate Film Festival; three hours of music for Peter Sterios' yoga DVD Gravity and Grace
; and Deeper
, director Mikki Willis' short film selected by Steven Spielberg for his show On the Lot
. Stuart's soundtrack for the documentary 1000 Journals
premiered at the 2007 AFI Film Festival (LA), screened at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival, and is appearing at numerous festivals around the U.S.
Rainfall is a full service production company focused on feature films, commercials, music videos and new media content. While producing our own original content, we also work with studios, music labels, advertising agencies and individual clients to create a wide variety of unique, groundbreaking projects.
POST PRODUCTION & MASTERING
We offer a full range of post production services, including editorial, online assembly, color grading, stabilization, and beauty/cleanup work. Our mastering service covers final output to HDCAM, Blu-Ray, Digibeta and more.
Our talented team of vfx artists have provided work for some of the top studios in the business. Services include 3D animation, lighting, rendering, compositing, matchmoving, particle & liquid simulation, and digital matte creation.
Our comprehensive graphic packaging includes commercials for worldwide agencies, film titles and credits, network interstitials, music videos, and more.
MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN
Rainfall provides full music scoring and sound design services by our award-winning composers, including 5.1 mastering. Previous projects include feature films, commericals, and video games.
20th Century Fox
Ray Kay Films
Warner Music Group
Rainfall is currently looking for the following positions:
CINEMA 4D GENERALIST
Rainfall is currently looking for a talented Cinema 4D generalist, skilled in modeling, texturing, lighting and animation. Character rigging and design a huge plus.
This is a freelance, on-site position. Must be proficient with Adobe creative suite products, Mac OS, be a fast learner, and work well with design teams & clients.
» Apply at VFXJobs
AFTER EFFECTS GENERALIST
Rainfal is currently looking for a talented After Effects generalist who knows (or is willing to learn) advanced compositing, animating and design, including: Rotoscoping, motion tracking, cleanup/beauty, and compositing live plates with VFX elements.
This is a freelance, on-site position. Must be proficient with Adobe creative suite products, Mac OS, be a fast learner, and work well with design teams & clients. Experience with Cinema 4D is a big plus.
» Apply at VFXJobs