10 Filmmakers You Must Follow On Social Media

There’s no getting around it: independent filmmakers who want to make it in the 21st century need to have a fabulous social media presence. The trick is that you can’t make it all about your project. Shoving your projects down people’s throats -while tempting, for the impatient among us- won’t be effective. Why’s that? Because […]

7 Ways Filmmakers Hit Film Festival Brick Walls

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 […]

Why You Should Care About The Genre of Your Story

“It’s a romantic comedy about this woman and this man…” “It’s a thriller about a lobbyist who…” “It’s a zombie coming-of-age story…” All loglines should have several things: a conflict, a main character and a genre. Most screenwriting book will tell you the importance of creating a three-dimensional character and of having a central conflict […]

Hollywood’s 10 Best Marketing Campaigns of 2016

There was an influx of “must-see” movies this year. Each film was competing with the other. Marketers came up with unique and creative ways to create hype and encourage viewers to watch their films. The following list comprises of this year’s heavily anticipated movies due to successful marketing campaigns. Deadpool When discussing this year’s best […]

Top 5 Animated Web Series

Interested in making a web series? Try animation! Animated web shorts have been growing massively in popularity over the years. Why? An animated web series is a fantastic way to engage an audience on so many levels. They are relatable, funny, colourful, dramatic, and sure to attract a crowd. A huge advantage web shorts have, […]

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 […]

The Filmmaking Trends You Need to Know in 2017

2016 has been a bumpy year. (It’s no surprise, I still like euphemisms as much as I did same time last year.) 2017 seems equally daunting, news-wise. But filmmaking-wise? Meh. 2016 hasn’t been bad, really. We’ve had some amazing events at Raindance, all the way to the BIFAs a few weeks away. And there’s plenty […]