I’m writing from Berlin, scratching my head about film marketing. I’m sitting in my hotel room after a hectic first day of the European Film Market. I’ve spent the day on the busy trading floors of the Martin Gropius Bau and the crowded hotel lobbies of the Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton and the Marriot. Here’s the common […]
Learn these essential filmmaking and career boosting skills and you are away and running.
You’ve made a film – congratulations. Are you hitting brick walls at film festivals? Every year about this time I start getting emails from filmmakers complaining about their treatment at the hands of film festival programmers who have skipped over their film. There’s even professional advisers who train disgruntled filmmakers how to do better with […]
Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by making vague New Year’s resolutions. Make specific achievable goals you can measure.
Christmas Eve and things might be quietening down. If you live in the north of England we hear that you’re being battered by storm Barbara. I hope you are safe and sound. A quarter century since starting Raindance I’m still learning big lessons. And 2016 was no different. Did I learn some big ones in […]
Raindance founder Elliot Grove list’s his favourite things of 2016.
President Trump? Does the idea concern you at all? The events in America – the President Trump thing – is a giant wakeup call for filmmakers too! We must end complacency & apathy and learn to fight for what we believe in. No more rolling over when irritating and immoral issues are raised. We must […]
Marilyn Monroe is one of the iconic figures of American culture. In the male-dominated world of Hollywood she is remembered and even revered as a sex symbol. Not til today when I stumbled upon the list of personal property owned by Marilyn Monroe, auctioned at Christies-NY, October 28-29, 1999, did I realise what an amazing […]
How screenwriters make money is a question I have been asked countless times during my long journey helming Raindance Film Festival. Often screenwriters have the idea that they can win a lottery by selling their script to Hollywood. But how much money do you really think you could make by selling your script to Hollywood? […]
Donald Trump has played trump card after card. His election campaign has been rocked by controversy – filled with shameful and disgusting remarks. As the American presedential election looms ever nearer, there is no denying that Trump has demonstratd an astonishing ability to engage and empower a legion of followers far greater than I suspect […]
Film producing is an occupation fraught with danger, mishaps and misfortune. As Shakespeare said: many a slip twixt cup and lip. Here are the ten areas where new producers trip up. 1. Measure Success by More Than a Theatrical Release The times are a-changin’. The costs and associated risk factor of releasing a film theatrically […]
The lure of filmmaking is so demanding, that upon completing your movie, one is normally completely exhausted. There’s some serious pitfalls to avoid if you want your film to succeed, and if you want to be able to clear that last hurdle of monetising your film. 1. Uncleared Music Rights In order for a film […]