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2015 Filmmaker’s Toolkit

Put down the Christmas cake! Make movies! Raindance has been making filmmakers since 1992. There’s no reason to delay your movie. Move from amateur to professional. Stop making excuses. Stop blagging the blag. Stop saying  ‘Tomorrow!’ Get off your couch and start doing something meaningful! You don’t need no film school! 1 Your plan and […]

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9 Practical Ways To Build Your Career As A Music Director

Many directors would like to make a living as a music video director, but most have little idea about how to go about it. Directors who don’t know how to build their career risk wasting time, money and energy creating low-impact videos and building ineffective networks. As part of the commitment to professional development that […]

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Weekly Production Tip #4 – Lenses

This week, we’re talking about using different lenses to improve your work’s visual impact. Watch the video and check out our 5-minute Lens school underneath! Different lens choices are a brilliant way to spice up your visuals in your filmmaking. While some cheaper cameras don’t allow for changing lenses, most DSLRs and contemporary professional or […]

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10 Of The Best Graphic Novel And Comic Book Film Adaptations

On the 31st January the highly celebrated comic book writer, novelist, playwright and screenwriter Tony Lee will be coming to Raindance and teaching our Introduction To Comic Book And Graphic Novel Script Writing course.  A New York Times Bestselling author and Eagle Award winner who’s worked on series including, X-Men, Doctor Who, Starship Troopers and […]

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Weekly Production Video Tip #3 – Selfie Tracking Shot

This week in our weekly production video tips, we’re talking about the Selfie Tracking Shot. OK, admittedly, that’s not a technical term. But you get the idea; the camera sits close to the actor’s face and follows their movement. The desired effect is to have the actor still in the screen, while the background moves around […]

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“To me everything in film is incredible”

With her first feature, They Are All Dead, Beatriz Sanchis filmed in her home town of Madrid. She talks about her love of film and the lessons she learned on set. I don’t think Spain is a good place now for any filmmakers. It’s a hard time there. It’s difficult to make movies, I think […]

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Weekly Production Video Tip #2 – Whip Pans

  This week in our weekly production video tips, we’re talking about Whip Pans.  No, this is not a pan in which you whip things. A Whip Pan is a quick transitional technique that can be used to add a fast-paced feel to your films. The technique is often seen used by filmmakers like Paul […]

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The 72nd Golden Globes Awards: A Complete Overview

The 72nd Golden Globe Awards was a night of celebration that saw George Clooney heavily mocked, Kevin Spacey swearing and Patricia Arquette close to tears. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler kicked off the show, for the third consecutive year, with Hollywood’s most sensitive subjects under inspection. “Tonight we celebrate all the great television shows we […]

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20 Mantras Great Filmmakers Use Every Day

The characteristics that make a great filmmaker have sparked discussions at every single festival event I have ever attended. To a newbie these characteristics can appear elusive. Some think that the only qualities a filmmaker needs is the ability to choose black wardrobe items and wear sunglasses indoors and out, day or night (as I […]

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Creating A Social Media Strategy For A Film

Whilst I have been working in the digital marketing industry for almost a decade, working on Before I Disappear was my first foray into the complex world of film marketing. My digital strategy agency, Boguslavsky & Co, was contracted by Electric Entertainment to research, conceptualize and compile a three month social media strategy leading up […]

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So You Want To Be A 1st AD?

Young people sometimes ask me whether I think they have it in them to be a Director or Producer. These questions are impossible to answer, as there are any number of different types who might make good above-the-line professionals. You might think, for instance, that film-makers ought to be extroverts. Well, in this piece, Elliot […]

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Discontinue – A New Kind Of Webseries

When you think web series, you think eight to twelve minute narrative. Discontinue is an hour long drama filled with rich characters and interconnected story lines that will have the audience gasp The story follows Marcus Mills, a family man and construction business owner who has a secret life as a “cleaner” for the most […]

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