How to Monetise Your Comic Book or Graphic Novel

“We’ve been over this, nobody’s looking for a puppeteer in today’s wintery economic climate”, says Craig Schwartz in the opening scene of Charlie Kaufman’s Being John Malkovich. Replace “puppeteer” with what your artistic endeavour is -writer, filmmaker, actor…- and you can probably relate. Making money as an artist is just about the toughest thing there […]

5 Ways Filmmakers Play A Trump Card

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 […]

10 Tricks And Traps Of Film Producing

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 […]

How Do You Develop A Story That’s Worth Telling

All successful films (independent or otherwise) start with one thing: a great story that’s worth telling. You can learn the best filming techniques, which camera best suits your needs, and how to secure the right cast. But without a great story, you won’t have a great film. Some filmmakers approach the filmmaking process with a […]

Top 5 Film Crowd Funding Podcasts You Can’t Ignore

Film crowd funding is a relatively new industry, its popularity is on peak. Most of the new crowd funders have to face a lot of problems due to lack of experience, skills and knowledge about the subject. If you are doing preparation to launch your crowd funding campaign for the first time, you must be […]

The Nine Best And Broadest Mockumentaries

A mockumentary, uses the documentary style to document fictional events. It’s style naturally accounts to a relatively low budget, which allows filmmakers to produce niche films fairly uninterrupted by the major studios. Below is a list of some of the best films to adopt this mock-documentary style, varying greatly in their content. Although these films are not necessarily box-office hits, many mockumentaries go on to become celebrated cult masterpieces.

How To Make A Film In A Roma Settlement – 15 Lessons I Learned

Shooting in places where people are poor is always a tightrope walk. For my documentary Angry Buddha I regularly visited a Roma settlement in the Hungarian village of Sajókaza during three years. It was one of the toughest and most rewarding experiences of my life. Here are 15 lessons I learned. Have time. People will […]

5 Tips To Steer Your Directing Career In The Right Direction

Directing is hard. F*cking hard, as Tarantino would put it. It’s a hundred decisions you have to make every minute of the day – and that’s not only during your shoot. You also have to make decisions about which films you want to make, which stories to tell, and the broader decisions of what to […]

What Olympians Can Teach Filmmakers

Like an athlete starting their career from nothing, so I started Raindance in 1992 from ground zero. The Olympics has amazed me with the success of the British Olympics team. Like their medal haul and success so too British film talent is hotter than hot, and unlike athletics there is too much talent for this […]

7 Reasons To Attend Raindance Film Festival

  Independent film is exploding!  For 24 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 […]