Pirate is a unique company specialising in designing and building physical effects to illustrate events that happen in the blink of an eye.
Pirate was founded by three industrial design students leaving the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, over 30 years ago! This strong creative base, supported by the exciting new production technologies (one of the first special effects companies to use CAD and CNC machines in the late 80’s), made Pirate one of the leading models & effects companies in the UK.
During the 90’s, new cinematic techniques such as Motion Control developed, cameras moved faster, filmed faster, and a whole new specialism evolved. Pirate fulfilled the niche, opening a Motion Control Studio and then investing in digital high speed cameras when the quality rivalled that of Photosonic film cameras.
Pirate’s core market is Commercials, with the occasional foray into Features, providing High Speed cameras and Special Effects for the Bond titles for example. Recent years have seen Stills Photographers shooting stills and moving images and Pirate is ideally placed to offer solutions that combine the two seamlessly.
For an idea of what Pirate may be able to do for you, please take a look THE PORTFOLIO, or give Michael or Martin a rinG
Synchronised Rainbow colour effect
Williams Racing Camera rigs
Air Cannon being used with the 'Long Strike'
Model asteroid mounted on Model Mover 1, fitted with
the Optex Excellence to give it the monumental scale
Ice logo prior to being hit with the Air Cannon
Photron BC2 mounted on a cyclops
Model and Effects for a Sky TV promo
Model and effects for a Dell promo
2 synchronised liquid cannons about to hit a rose
Creating 'Tough Mudder' in the studio
The perfect use for the microsecond Trigger Delay Kit