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Jim Doyle leaps into the ballet scene with fog effects for 'Azimuth'
Jim Doyle leaps into the ballet scene with fog effects for 'Azimuth'

It's a typically dry afternoon in Sun Valley, in an industrial area near the Burbank airport where the pavement is scorched and the air is speckled with construction dust. Tucked behind a 12-foot-high ficus hedge, however, inside a Willy Wonka-like facility teeming with invention, Jim Doyle is making it rain. A sheet of water cascades from the ceiling with a thunderous roar inside a dark, garage-like space called Area 9. Water rushes out of wide-mouthed hoses on the cement floor, flooded with half an inch. The cinder block walls, painted black, are coated with mist and a damp, acrid scent conjuring wet laundry hangs in the air. An inflatable shark dangles from the ceiling. This is...

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