Ten years ago this month, a group of friends got together in a Burbank cantina and formed a little company called Rainfall Films. We were inexperienced, stubborn, passionate, filled with margaritas, but above all, committed to forging our own path in uncertain times. The dream was to fuse production and post with our own style of high concept, yet budget-friendly know-how, working out of our homes and yet competing on the same level as top tier companies, all while a major slump was wreaking havoc across the industry.

Somehow, we survived.

2008: Within Rainfall’s first year, we established a regular clientele with major music labels, video-game publishers, and ad agencies. While our sound team designed a theatrical ad campaign for Jagermeister, hundreds of visual effect shots were created for elaborate Philips commercials. Our first production, IGN’s Legend of Zelda April Fools video, instantly went viral, besting trailer views for The Dark Knight and Iron Man.

It was clear we were headed down the right path, but the journey was not easy. Music videos were a major staple of Rainfall’s business for several years; between 2009-2012, we produced and designed motion graphics & VFX for numerous talents like Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Christina Aguilera, Willow Smith, Steven Tyler, Gloria Estefan, and Pitbull. Combined, the views for Rainfall’s projects total over one billion. But the times were a’changin, and we needed to evolve with the market.

By 2012, it became clear that survival in this industry required a diversification of skills. The three of us, Sam Balcomb, Jeff Dodson, and Jesse Soff, split our attention into the respective departments: VFX/mograph, audio, and editorial. We moved Rainfall into an accommodating office space in Studio City, taking new risks to expand the company in both personnel and technology. In addition to the visual arts, we partnered with Alibi Music to create original music and sound effects for a stunningly diverse audio library. Overall, the goal was to breach into entirely new fields: film, television & events.

We love it when a plan comes together. As our company grew, so did our capability. Over the last six years the team has worked on, or provided services to, the following projects: Stranger Things, Star Trek, Fear Factor, the Emmys, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Justice League, Thor: Ragnarok, Swamp People, Arrival, Overwatch, Doctor Strange, Kong: Skull Island, Halo, Rocket League, Transformers, and Avengers: Infinity War — and that’s just skimming the surface.

Our original productions have also garnered notice. Rainfall’s “fantasy filmmaking” productions, supported by our fans on social media, have resulted in award-winning shorts like The Hunt, The Damage Done, Wonder Woman, Metroid: The Sky Calls, and the above-mentioned Zelda trailer. In 2013, our Wonder Woman short was recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as essential to the hero’s on-screen legacy, and in 2015 Metroid was hailed as “Spectacular” by Slashfilm and “Triumphant” by Wired. The success of these projects have led to unbelievable opportunities. Wish we could expound on these, but you’ll have to be patient. We certainly are.

It’s hard to sum up these ten years. There has been excitement, heartache, defeat, but ultimately victory. The good has always far outweighed anything else. Whether it’s the response to our work, presenting at events like NAB or SIGGRAPH, or the strong bonds formed with amazingly talented people, it’s important to keep perspective on what matters. Despite the obstacles faced, we have been successful in forging our own future, our own path ahead… and not everyone is lucky enough to do that. We are extremely lucky people.

Thank you — to our fans, our clients, co-workers, peers, friends, family, and everyone who has encouraged us along the way… thank you so much. We will continue to work hard to deserve your support.

See you at the cantina.

Sam, Jeff & Jesse
// Rainfall Films