5 Ways Your Score Could be Holding You Back from an Award

It’s true what they say. First impressions count. Sight is the primary sense and it takes just moments to make a judgement call. As humans, we’re exceptionally good at this. You judged this article within minutes of seeing the image and title. (I’m delighted you’ve read this far. Stay with me. It gets better.) Film […]

5 Things Elliot Grove Learned in 2016

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 […]

Top 10 Movies for Guitarists

There is no doubt that the guitar is an astounding instrument. It can be used to play melodic acoustic tunes or loud, upbeat anthems. The guitar and the guitarist strike a chord with listeners, one that cannot be put into words. Backed by heavy guitar oriented soundtracks The following list ranges from movies about old […]

Top 10 Gay Films

With the recent crop of LGBT-based narratives signaling a new wave of queer cinema, including gay football short Wonderkid, here’s a look at some of the films that have changed the landscape of gay cinema. Some notable omissions: The Boys in the Band (1970), Another Country (1984), Maurice (1987) and Longtime Companion (1989).   My […]

Building the Future of British Independent Film

These are troubled times. Hatred is on the rise and division seems to be the only constant in the news. Film -especially independent film- has a crucial part to play in this day and age. At the British Independent Film Awards, we honoured I, Daniel Blake, a film whose relevance and necessity is harrowing to […]

Top 10 Women in Science Fiction

  Every movie that has ever been made about artificial intelligence owes a debt of gratitude to one woman: Mary Shelley. When Shelley published Frankenstein in 1818, which is widely regarded to be the first science fiction novel, she effectively invented a genre. The power of science fiction to open up a portal into a parallel universe where […]

Top 10 Virtual Reality Short Films To Watch Right Now

Top Ten Virtual Reality Videos To Watch Right Now It seems Virtually reality being used by so many talented creators of content now with releases of feature film promotions to premiere festival virtual reality short films. This list includes a variety of different approach each take in this process. Help 4mins 53sec Director Justin Lin […]

10 Inspiring Films That Brought About Social Change

These are strange times we’re living in. Very little can be predicted about the future, even in the short term —except perhaps that you want to write more, and make more films. That’s good, because that work matters. People don’t take the time to understand each other, and hate is rising. It’s completely legitimate, now, that you’d […]

How to create characters that work across mediums

After I’d gone to see the stage musical Kinky Boots (for the first of many times) last spring, I realised that I had never seen the film, which is now ten years old. It was a very strange experience. I’d been blasting the cast album for a few days and knew all the songs, and […]