Rainfall Films’ new short film puts a modern spin on a beloved comic book heroine
In his introduction to Rainfall Films’ new Wonder Woman short on YouTube, Director Sam Balcomb says that he thinks “quite a number” of viewers will agree that “Wonder Woman is a character just as vital and crucial to our understanding of humanity as any other superhero…if not more so.” Judging by the fact that the film got over 4 million views in the first four days, making it the top featured video on YouTube’s home page and triggering an avalanche of exuberant media coverage, he’s probably onto something.
Wonder Woman is by far the most popular short film that Los Angeles, Calif.-based Rainfall Films has produced internally since the launch of the company in 2008. Relying on CINEMA 4D for all of the environments and After Effects for compositing, they worked on the film for most of 2013, fitting it in between paying jobs. Rileah Vanderbilt (Frozen, Team Unicorn) stars, battling bad guys in a modern-day city, as well as minotaurs in Themyscira, Wonder Woman’s island homeland – also known as Paradise Island.
Why Wonder Woman
Rainfall tries to do some kind of short film on their own every year, says Balcomb, the production/post company’s director, writer and producer. But they’re also commissioned for projects such as their first short, a trailer for The Legend of Zelda, which was created for IGN.
“We’re all huge gamers and comic book fans, and our original vision for the company was to be a production studio generating content online or for videos or feature films, so these projects help show that we love to tell stories and we can create our own stuff,” Balcomb explains (watch their new show reel here).
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