The special effects crew behind the new Biblical epic Noah used a custom iPad app to control a huge overhead artificial rain and lighting rig that was capable of pouring 5,000 gallons per minute of water and turning night into day.

WIRED went behind the scenes to see how the FX team put it all together.

And on the eighth day, we got apps. Director Darren Aronofsky’s new film Noah is, of course, about the Biblical flood so massive it required one man to build an ark. Bringing such an apocalyptic deluge to the big screen was no easy task, and it required the special effects team behind the movie to, well, make it rain.

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Porco Avatar
133 months ago
I hope the iPad in question still works, 'cos Apple have ways of telling if there's been water damage...
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Technarchy Avatar
133 months ago
The iPad is so boring and just a toy. You can't do anything with it. Android tablets are so much more powerful because you can use widgets...

...or so I've heard.

iPads really have reshaped we interact with so many things. It was way ahead if it's time and still impresses.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iSayuSay Avatar
133 months ago
At a glance, I thought I read that Noah filmmakers use an iPad to create a huge lightning and rain effect in the film. In which case, WOW that's impressive!

Then I read more, and well ..

It's the control system software, or app. Basically digital knobs and switches. I'm sorry but something like this can also be custom-made for Windows XP on a Pentium II laptop. Click this, click that. It's even can be more accurate and faster with keyboard, trackpad and hard-wired system. So I failed to see why it's such a big deal?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sshambles Avatar
133 months ago
"capable of pouring 5,000 gallons per minute of water"

Most environmentally destructive product Apple have helped create.
;)
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
J InTech82 Avatar
133 months ago
I won't be surprised if in the near future, filmmakers will start using just iPads for shooting movies. :eek:

hahahahahahahahahahahaha No.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sshambles Avatar
133 months ago
?????????????
It's called a joke, ;)
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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