Sugar glass, which is also known as candy glass or breakaway glass, is made up of corn syrup, water, and of course, sugar.

It is used in stunt scenes instead of glass to prevent harming the actors. Though it is not as dangerous as real glass, it still has the potential for injury. A notable example of sugar glass is in Raindance alumni, Edgar Wright’s film Shaun of the Dead when the zombies break through the windows of a pub to attack the humans.

In order to use this special affect you’ll need to gather up an old saucepan, an oven, thermometer, and a mold for your glass. These tools in addition to the ingredients of water, corn syrup, and sugar will have you on your way to smashing bottles or jumping through glass windows in no time.

To make colored glass add food coloring. If you desire a brown bottle add brown sugar. If you want a clear glass look add liquid syrup instead of golden syrup.

After a sugar glass sheet or tumbler is made it must be used in a timely manner. If not, it will become soft, sticky, and the shape will warp.

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Since 1992 Raindance has been offering advice and support for independent filmmakers. We started the Raindance Film Festival in 1993, and the British Independent Film Awards in 1998.

Most of our year is spent training thousands of new and established filmmakers in all aspects of film. Among high profile alumni are Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins), David Yates (Harry Potter), Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn – who actually met at a Raindance course. Raindance training is one of the world’s largest catering for over 3000 students per year.

In 2011 we launched an innovative Postgraduate Film Degree with Staffordshire University and the Independent Film Trust.

The 24th Raindance Film Festival has now released it's 2016 festival trailer: a homage to Steven Spielberg who celebrates his 70th birthday this year:

In 2014 we relaunched our production arm, Raw Talent with the feature Deadly Virtues.