In this Slanted Lens tutorial, Jay P. Morgan shows you how to build a snow falling rig and then how to light falling show. Most of the snow-falling effects done in Hollywood are made by a special effect house. It’s hard to find a setup at Walmart that will create a curtain of falling plastic snow 10 feet wide. Morgan has built many of these over the years and simplified the process so it can be built in an hour or so, and then thrown away when you’re done. He uses a plastic snow that he gets from Studio Specialties in Los Angeles. Shipping is not to expensive because the product is very light.
Jay P. Morgan shoots snow mostly in the summer time when there is not any good snow in the US that is easy to get to. This means shooting snow scenes with models wearing ski jackets and mittens in Los Angeles heat. It is hard to look cold when large beads of sweat are rolling down your face. It is a fun process. Here is how you can build a snow rig, light it and shoot it.