Models & Effects Equipment

Vortex, Tornado, Twister Machine

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Custom built by Pirate to create a tornado or twister in a controlled studio environment. The vortex can be up to 7' (2.1m) high x 2'6" (0.7m) diameter. It is built to allow easy lighting of the vortex from several sides. This rig has been used, as in this example, to create a white vortex shot at high speed with a borescope to represent a swirling dust cloud on Mars.
Vortex Machine

Clear, Transparent, Glass Oven

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Custom designed & built by Pirate for filming baking or roasting and effects shots such as a time-lapse of drying flowers. It is built to allow easy lighting of the subject from several sides whilst it is within a working oven. Please note the maximum temperature inside the oven is 170 degrees Centigrade. This rig has been used, for example, in a Roch commercial for anti-ageing cream showing the rapid ageing of leaves etc. as a metaphor for the ageing process of human skin. Nice. Internal working dimensions: 400mm x 520mm x 360mm high. The glass is toughened.
Transparent Oven

Transparent Wet Wall

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A large glass sheet mounted in a vertical frame (xx x xxmm) with a water fall across the top edge. Gives an even wall fall effects across a whole field of view.

Microsecond Trigger Delay Kit

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A kit designed & built by Pirate for sending an electronic signal to synchronise a camera with a special effect action. For example, it can be used with our air cannons to send a trigger signal to our high speed digital video cameras to begin recording at the instant that the projectile exits the end of the barrel. Futhermore, the trigger signal can be delayed in very small increments (0.0001 of a second) so that a stills camera flash pack can be triggered to take a shot at precisely the right time after an event. This kit is a modern replacement for the Mazoff trigger kit and a Dale Beam or Dale Delay Kit, used by stills photographers for years. This kit has been used several times by N K Image (Nick Knight) for his superb ground-breaking images.
Microsecond Trigger Delay Kit Image

Typical use of the kit - mounted on an air cannon, so that a suitable delay can be dialled-in between the ball leaving the cannon's nozzle and a flash pack being fired. This allows a photographer to fine tune the point at which an image is taken during a high-speed event. The kit has been used extensively by Nick Knight to great effect, in for example the album cover for Massive Attack's 100th Window. Alternatively, the exit signal can be used to trigger our high speed digital video camera to start recording, thus utilising the entire camera memory. The CSI New York titles are an example of the kind of shot in which it can be used.
Air Cannon, Horizontal with Sensor

Rain Machine (indoor) No 2

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A custom made indoor rain machine comprising a shallow trough approximately 0.4m x 1.7m, fed by a domestic hose at one end. Very controllable and suited to indoor work, such as mimicking rain water on a car windscreen.
Indoor Rain Machine No2

Sissor Lift (Hydraulic)

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Hydraulic sissor lift with a battery powered remote pump, allowing the equipment to be used in any location. It can lift 500kg through a height of mm on a platform of xmm x ymm. The collapsed height is xmm on a footprint of xmm x ymm.

Air Canon, Vertical

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short barrelled fires projectiles vertically using compressed gas.

Gimbal Platform

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