Cinema 2.0: Why 10 Hour Days Work for DIY Cinema

10-Hour Days RULE OK! Many mainstream crews are slaves to the grind of a very long day and you don’t have to be. The average union shoot day is 14 hours allowing for lunch and traveling to set (12 hours work/ 1 hour lunch/ 1 hour travel). Even longer if the gig is out of […]

Cinema 2.0 Guerilla Strategies: 7 People You Need on Your Set

I meet filmmakers all the time who are convinced that the more people they have on set the better it will be. WRONG! I am constantly amazed by the arrogance and attitude of ‘movie’ brats who watch mainstream cinema and determine that you need an army to make a movie. It’s complete bullshit and you […]

3 Ways To Get Your Film Funded

Starting out making a film is not easy. Whether that is professional or amateur, you need the funds to be able to follow through with the project. However, there are many ways that you can raise the money to fund your project. Some of these include grants from companies, crowdfunding and personal fundraising. 1. Fundraising […]

Building Your Original Cinema Brick By Brick: Cinema 2.0

Filmmakers Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson explore the history and worldwide cultural impact of the LEGO universe in the exciting new film, A Lego Brickumentary detailing the history of the classic children’s toy (that is so much more than just a building system) and I had a chance to reflect on the importance of filmmaker specificity when […]

7 Reasons To Attend Raindance Film Festival

Independent film is exploding!  For 23 Years Raindance has been bringing the brightest and best independent film to the core of London’s West End. If you are serious about filmmaking or serious about independent film you won’t be missing this year’s festival celebrating the best in independent film from around the world. 7 Reasons To […]

5 Film Distribution Problems That Keep Me Up at Night

When you work at a successful film festival one of the main things that gets you out of bed in the morning and bouncing into work with ambition and energy is the feeling that the entire festival team is making the world a better place. Half our team have been trolling through festival submissions, the […]

5 Tips To Keep Your Audience On The Edge Of Their Seat

The movie-going experience is one of the most popular forms of entertainment there is in pop culture today. And what you, as a filmmaker, want to do, is keep them satisfied. And if you want to exceed all expectations, you just want them to be on the edge of their seat during the entire film. […]

Raindance Recommendations – Anatomy of a Premise Line

Check out the book >>> Anatomy Of A Premise Line – Jeff Lyons Screenwriters often have trouble finding out how to write a compelling premise line. That’s why I was intrigued to see this brand new screenwriting book land on my desk, tossed to me by the founder of raindance himself, Elliot Grove. Jeff Lyons’s New […]

7 Ways A Filmmaker Can Maximise Time

I can’t tell you how many times filmmakers complain to me that they don’t have time to work on their movies or screenplays. Then they complain that their problem is lack of money as well. Then they wonder how I manage to get so much done, given that they can get so little done. What […]

In Praise Of Directing On A Low Budget

Directing your first film is going to be taxing. Here are some elements that will add to the stress, and quite possibly strain your relationship with your producer. See if you can minimise them! 1. Too many locations Each location adds wear and tear to the production budget, and to the crew. It takes a […]