The Broke Filmmaker’s Guide To Making Movies

So you really want to make a movie but you are broke, right? Join the brigade of broke wannabee filmmakers. Here’s the downside: You’ll be getting all bitter and twisted, especially when you discover that the BFI’s film fund has given a grant or production finance to someone less talented and less deserving than you! […]

Debunking The Talent Myth: 6 Ways

I’m traveling right now, and as I write this I am currently sitting in the Raindance Toronto office surrounded by the hardworking Toronto team. A punter just called up inquiring about the terrific events planned here in Toronto, and wondered if you needed to have talent to attend Raindance. Then on this past weekend, I […]

Porn: 6 Lessons For Filmmakers

It’s a common misconception that filmmakers making content for the porn industry are sleazy, money-grabbing geeky sex fiends. In actual fact, the porn industry had figured out low budget filmmaking and digital distribution yonks before any of their more cultured filmmaking colleagues. Many of the advancements in filmmaking and distribution techniques have had their birth […]

5 Independent Films With Great Sound Design

By Dan Powell of Soundsnap.com Sound design may be a less a recognized element of filmmaking than directing or acting, but it’s no less important. Both DIY productions and major motion pictures require a thoughtful approach to audio to tell their stories effectively. Here are five superbly-crafted independent films that inspire us with their sounds. […]

Weekly Production Tip #12: Show, Don’t Tell

The best piece of advice for new screenwriters: Show, Don’t Tell. One of the biggest advantages film has over other art forms, such as radio or novels, is the ability of the filmmaker to show the audience visual aspects of the story in almost infinite detail. Indeed the first 30 years of film were devoid […]

Share my Video: Pros and Cons of Video Platforms

Wanna learn more about online video platforms? Check out our FREE class on Monday 27th April – ‘Building Success on Online Video Platforms’ Since the launch of YouTube just over 10 years ago, video sharing has become an essential part of everyday life. Whether it’s simply sharing a video with family or uploading your next […]

Cinema 2.0: Kramer and ‘Algren’ Kick Out The Jams!

Welcome to my new blog on Cinema 2.0. Cinema 2.0 is A NEW APPROACH TO DIY FILM PRODUCTION, MARKETING and DISTRIBUTION working outside of the accepted mainstream cinema industry. It’s about leveraging your peer-to-peer marketing and online digital distribution for your own original cinema making your authentic, artisanal and original programming for enjoyment worldwide.   MC5 […]

Weekly Production Tip #11 – Writing Dialogue 1

The basics of writing dialogue. Dialogue has 2 basic functions: 1) To help move the plot along 2) To help develop characters As the era of silent films will show, there’s no problem with having absolutely no dialogue in a film; it is, however, a useful tool screenwriters can use and when used properly it […]

Cinema 2.0: CIMMFEST Invades Chicagoland #ROWYCO

Welcome to my new blog on Cinema 2.0. Cinema 2.0 is A NEW APPROACH TO DIY FILM PRODUCTION, MARKETING and DISTRIBUTION working outside of the accepted mainstream cinema industry. It’s about leveraging your peer-to-peer marketing and online digital distribution for your own original cinema making your authentic, artisanal and original programming for enjoyment worldwide.   Kick […]

Pop-Up Collection

WELCOME. Film is a huge and crazy industry, and at times it may seem totally intimidating and inaccessible. But don’t worry. It’s all about people like you stepping up and making something, a finished product. Filmmaking is a collaborative medium, and we take that seriously. We’re always putting material out there which is designed to […]

Cinema 2.0: #want freedom? 10 Steps to DIY Cinema Success

Welcome to my new blog on Cinema 2.0. Cinema 2.0 is A NEW APPROACH TO DIY FILM PRODUCTION, MARKETING and DISTRIBUTION working outside of the accepted mainstream cinema industry. It’s about leveraging your peer-to-peer marketing and online digital distribution for your own original cinema making your authentic, artisanal and original programming for enjoyment worldwide.   Writers […]

11 Films You Forgot Raindance Screened

Hey look, everybody. It’s been 23 years of Raindance film festival and it’s easy to forget how many terrific films we have screened over the years. Here’s a fond look back at some of the hidden gems we have screened. I’ve omitted The Blair Witch Project,  Memento and Ghost World – they’ve already had enough […]