2013

30years of Snow Business.
SB, the new generation of falling snow machinery launched.
Eco-friendly, vegetable based packaging introduced.

2012

Wildlife Trust Award to Snow Business for 'Outstanding contribution to nature in Gloucestershire by a business leader'. Presented to Snow Business by Nature Works 2012.

2012

Snow Business International is awarded the internationally recognised environmental standard ISO14001.

2012

Oscar – Winner – Best Visual Effects – Hugo. Awarded to Joss Williams for whom Snow Business completed the snow dressing and falling snow effects. Snow business developed the processes and techniques for effective 3D falling snow effects in the first 3D movie to contain falling snow.

2011

The quietest falling snow machine in the world. Snow Business R&D produced, with help from Salford Universities Acoustic Research Department, two ‘super silent’ falling snow generators that are now the quietest falling snow machines in the world. The SnowForce Stealth, and the SnowBuster super silent.

2010

Vancouver Winter Olympics opening Ceremony. Snow Business Hollywood supplied the Display Snow ground cover for the arena, as well as the materials for the falling snow. Display snow proved itself as the perfect snow for use under huge arena traffic and as a high quality screen for CGI projection.

2009

10th Anniversary of Snow Business Germany

2009

Oscar – Winner – Best Visual Effects  - Curious case of Benjamin Button.  Awarded to Burt Dalton for whom Snow Business Hollywood completed snow dressing and falling snow effects.

2009

The quietest falling snow machine in the world.  Although Snow Business already has the quietest falling snow machines in the world, we have now enlisted the help of Salford University’s Acoustic Research Department to develop an even quieter version using the latest motor and air movement technology.

2008

SnowStorm.  Giant output falling snow generator, probably the largest (dry foam) falling snow machine in the world, quieter than any wind machine and with a portable moving head.  Capable of pushing large amounts of dry foam artificial snowflakes vertically to heights of 40m.

2008

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – Winner – Outstanding Visual Effects – Prime time Emmy Awards - John Adams.  Awarded to Roland Hathaway, Snow Business Hollywood.

2008

Remote station falling snow machines.  These machines have all the mechanics situated in black boxes that can be positioned tens of meters away from the snow head allowing for quiet snow delivery on set.  Full DMX and computerised control mean that whole stages can be rigged with instant and infinitely adjustable falling snow.

2007

Oscar – Winner – Best Visual Effects  - Golden Compass. Awarded to Trevor Wood for whom Snow Business completed all the snow dressing and falling snow effects.

2006

Guinness World Record.  For the largest area ever covered with artificial falling snow.  The record was achieved by covering the New Bond Street, Bond Street and Old Bond Street areas simultaneously for the ‘Bond Street Association’.

2006

English Heritage sites and film management conference.  Held at the Tower of London this conference received its first ever snow lecture from us.

2005

Professional status. Recognition of national professional training and grading for snow technicians by BECTU and PACT through JIGS.

2004

BAFTA - Winner - Best Visual effects - Day After Tomorrow. Awarded to Neil Corbould for whom Snow Business completed the snow and ice dressing and falling snow effects.

2004

SnowForce.  Large, powerful and very quiet dry foam falling snow machines were perfected and put into production.

2002

Wax rigs. Computerised, ultra safe, efficient, high-speed hot-wax spray technology designed to dress the huge areas required for ‘Day After Tomorrow’. This equipment was the culmination of years of development, and was so precise the temperatures could be set to within 1 degree allowing the equipment to be used to dress actors and delicate props.

2001

Display snow.  An impact resistant low dust artificial snow.  Developed to meet the needs of visual merchandisers and event organisers who needed a fake snow for areas under very heavy footfall.  Display snow received its Class 1 fire rating in 2003.

2001

Special mention given by the UK Dept of Trade for Snow Business exports of fake snow to Siberia.

2000

Oscar – Winner – Best Visual Effects - Gladiator Awarded to Neil Corbould for whom Snow Business completed all the snow dressing and falling snow effects.

1999

‘The Snow Mill’.  A derelict 1730’s water mill in Gloucestershire was purchased for conversion into Snow business’s international head office and training center with workshops, libraries, warehousing, test areas and refrigerated room.

1999

007 Polymer was introduced to our range of snows, this very special polymer with its 4000% expansion always stole the show.

1999

Snow Business Deutschland was established in Germany.   

1999

Snow Business Hollywood was established in Los Angeles.

1999

Very large-scale ‘dry foam’ falling snow devices were added to our fleet of falling snow machinery.  These devices delivered huge amounts of artificial falling snow, blowing the snow in relative silence to a distance of up to 30m.

1998

Starch snow.  Developed and introduced to the UK.

1998

SnowGun. A light portable backpack that quietly produced dry foam falling snowflakes.   Developed to meet the needs of filming with Steadicam systems.

1996

SnowSticks.  A pyrotechnic device developed to create super lightweight ash that acted as floating snow. These were subsequently renamed SnowSticks.

1996

Hamlet’.  We covered over 100 acres of SSSI parkland for this Kenneth Branagh film.  This is still the unofficial world record for the largest area ever covered with artificial snow.

1996

SnowEx rig.  This non-pressurised rig was developed by us to remove the risk presented by the pressurised air receivers used to produce low expanded foam snow dressing at that time.  The SnowEx rigs are much lighter, faster and can be refilled whilst in use allowing non-stop operation.

1995

Flash Barrandov Effects, Prague became the first non-UK based Snow Business distributor.

1994

BAFTA – Winner – Best Production Design - Madness of King George. Awarded to Ken Adam for whom Snow Business completed all the snow dressing and winter effects.

1994

GoldenEye’. The first of many James Bond (007) movie contracts for Snow Business.

1992

‘Half Size SnowFX’.  This finer grade of SnowFX was developed for close up camera work on ‘Muppet Christmas Carol’.  The product had the quality of settling with a semi-translucent top layer that meant no matter how closely you examined it, you actually had to touch it to check it was not real snow.

1991

PowderFrost.  Developed initially as a ‘super-fine’ scale snow for the TV series ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’, it was soon realised that this product (a pure cellulose) would be ideal as a winter dressing for large sensitive locations such as SSSI sites.  The super-fine material can simply be rinsed into porous land (by water hose or rain) leaving the location clean.  The pure cellulose acts as an organic fertiliser and can even be used on organic land.

1986

Weddings.  We completed our first ‘White Wedding’ in Ealing, London.  It caused a sensation because guests had entered the church on a lovely summers day and when they came out an hour later, everything had been silently covered in a thick layer of snow.

1985

High pressure spray heads.  This system pushed a very small amount of water at very high pressure through the snow as it was sprayed bonding it to anything it touched (whilst still leaving it ‘touch-dry’.  This allowed the snow to be built up to a much greater thickness on trees or props but still left it easy to wash off afterwards.  SnowFX could even be sprayed in thick layers on to vertical and inverted surfaces.  The very small moisture content also meant that the fake snow could now be made into realistic snowballs and thrown just like real snow.

1983

SnowFX.  The first eco-friendly snow made from recycled paper was invented.  This artificial snow had very special qualities over its rivals, it looked like snow, it could be sprayed to settle naturally like snow on trees, bushes, buildings, it even made good tyre tracks and footprints just like real snow.  It soon replaced the traditional materials of salts, urea-formaldehyde, polystyrene, mica, marble dust and high expansion foam.


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