Underdogs Unite – Leicester City’s 7 Lessons for Filmmakers

Underdogs unite! What an unusual combination between filmmakers and Leicster City football team. A year ago they were dead last. The team of cast-offs and bargain basement players was threatened with relegation. At the time of writing (Monday 2 May) they could win it all big time if Chelsea beat their closest rivals Tottenham. Breaking […]

How Short Films Make Money

We’ve championed short films since day one at Raindance a quarter  century ago. Short films are the laboratory of cinema. It’s the place where filmmakers experiment and learn. I’ve noticed a seismic change in short films since I started Raindance. Firstly, the digital revolution has made production costs significantly lower. Secondly, everyone wants content but […]

Your First 100 Days As A Filmmaker Part 2

Part 2: I started writing this two-part article on Your First 100 Days As A Filmmaker many moons ago. This Sunday morning sitting around with a coffee and a bit of spare time I thought I should stop procrastinating and pick this back up. Here’s Days 1 – 33 in case you want to catch up. […]

Your First 100 Days As A Filmmaker

You’ve finally decided to jump headlong towards your dream and become a filmmaker. Now what? Leaving the ordinary civilian lifestyle to become a filmmaker can be a real jolt. Raindance is here to make that transition easier. Filmmaking is not just a life-style – it’s a strategy, a different way of thinking and doing. For […]

How Shakespeare Made It – 20 Key Dates

I’m a Canadian living in London under the shadow of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s image has been carefully imprinted on the global cultural economy. As a human being, I am always fascinated by life stories and history. As a Canadian I’m stuck with literary giants like Leonard Cohen and Margaret Atwood. Brits get William Shakespeare. It […]

Redeem BHS and Austin Reed Gift Vouchers Here

As one of the most distinguished film brands we were appalled to hear that both BHS and Autin Reed went into receivorship. These are two of the most trusted and respected retailers in the UK. Because they’re in receivorship people with gift vouchers and credit balances will have lost their money! Eensy weensey Raindance has […]

7 Things Filmmakers can Learn from Prince

Prince has died. In 2010, Prince was listed in TIME magazine’s annual ranking of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”. Filmmakers and music lovers alike are mourning the passing of one of the world’s most creative and influential musicians of his generation. Self-taught, spurned by record labels at the start of his career, […]

Raindance’s 25th Birthday: Elliot Grove’s 10 FAQs

Raindance’s 25th Birthday: Elliot Grove’s FAQs | Why I Raindance | Key Raindance Dates | Raindance eco-System I realised this cold wet Easter weekend that I have been Raindancing since 1992. Funny how it seems like an eternity on one hand, and hardly any time at all on the other. However you cut it, it’s […]

Elliot Grove: Why I Raindance

Raindance 25th Birthday: Elliot Grove’s FAQ’s | Why I Raindance | Key Raindance Dates | Raindance eco-System I just passed another milestone – I rewrote the Raindance Producer’s Lab book, only 38 months after my original deadline! It was a real monster – at over 250,000 words. Just managing the manuscript was a challenge. So […]

10 Things Filmmakers Do After Attending Film Festivals

The FICG in Guadalajara Film Festival is now over.  I’m back in the UK preparing for the Raindance Film Festival this autumn in London. I can still hear the last few beats of the Mr Pig afterparty as I head out to the airport for the lengthy trip back to Europe. It doesn’t matter if […]

Plagiarism: 9 Different Sins

You might wonder how I decided to write an article on plagiarism. We have a fabulous postgraduate film degree here at Raindance. It’s probably the most unique and flexible of any film degree programme anywhere. We’ve developed this painstakingly with our education partners at Staffordshire University. Revolutionary or not, our postgraduate film degree must still […]

How To Deal With Trolls

Trolls. ‘Troll’ is a perjorative word that in Internet slang, is a person who sows discord on the internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory messages in an online community with the deliberate intent of goading or provoking readers into an emotional response often for their own amusement. Wikipedia One of the […]