EXPLOSIONS • BLASTING • FIREWOKS
Most people think SFX technicians do nothing else but to blow up things all day long. In reality, pyrotechnic effects make up only 10% of our work, but they are certainly among the most impressive ones we realize.
But not all explosions are done with pyrotechnics by us, sometimes we also use other techniques to simulate them, especially near actors. We have a wide range of bespoke equipment made in-house which allows us to do this.
Nothing beats the real thing, as a proverb says, and this is only too true when it comes to explosions, pyrotechnic effects and fireworks of any kind and size. Unfortunately, in all these areas, digital effects have been tried again and again for years - with usually poorer results and often higher costs in post-production. With our work we take care of the level of reality you want in front of the camera and with our decades of experience we ensure the success of the effect and the security of all parties involved. No matter what the scale.
The safe handling of pyrotechnics and explosives on set requires a high degree of professionalism and experience. Throughout our company's entire history, we have been able to implement the wishes of directors and producers in hundreds of productions without any accidents.
What is there to consider?
In any case, please calculate at least two weeks in advance for correspondence.
In case of larger effects, we also need a water source to be able to extinguish any fires that may occur. Our fire engines have built in tanks, but these are only sufficient for small fire-fighting operations. If there are no functioning fire hydrants, we have to install mobile water storage tanks on site and work with tanker trucks. Depending on the effect and further circumstances, a professional fire brigade will also have to remain at the site of the effect for several hours to prevent fires to reignite.
Real explosions are rarely made in existing structures, unless they are ruins or buildings due to be demolished. We rather recreate parts of the original as so-called breakaways and assemble them on site or sometimes simulate explosions only. In buildings, it is necessary to pay attention to existing fire alarm systems!
Explosions are usually not a problem outdoors, but damage to the ground and vegetation must be taken into account.
Also many restrictions may apply here. We will discuss the effect with the construction crew beforehand to avoid the use of unsuitable materials and statically unsuitable structures on the set.
The costumes of actors and also props should also be adapted to the circumstances; We will be happy to advise the respective departments and, if required, also make non-combustible copies of items.
The camera crew usually wants to be as close as possible to the action; exact risk assessment is necessary here. Shields and hearing protection can be used in some cases, but often the use of remote heads is better and safer. Sometimes however, only cameras in special housings can survive near the effect. We can offer you bespoke constructions in our workshop.
In rare cases, also a check of the structural integrity needs to be done after the effect.