4 Tips for Success on Film Sets

Congratulations you have followed through with your goals and landed a job on a film set! You may be a carpenter, grip, set decorator, or even a camera assistant but what sort of etiquette is expected of you? Your first few times on set will be exciting and daunting, you may be so overwhelmed that […]

Make March 2017 Your Month – Go From Film Fan To Filmmaker

Happy March! It’s time to go from film fan to filmmaker. Here at Raindance, we’ve decided that March is going to be a special month. What better month to re-invigorate your dreams than March – which starts 48 hours after the Oscars? Of course, everyone repeats that every day, but we really mean it. Why? […]

Fantastic Crowdfunding Perks and Where to Find Them

By any given measure, there’s never been a better time to make a film. Equipment is easier to find than ever – if you’re reading this on your smartphone, you already have all the equipment you need. Now, there is fantastic training available online. And great video essays keep sprouting up online completely for free, […]

Why You Should Care About Independent Film Festivals

Did you know that Cannes is actually a fairly boring city? All eyes are on it during those ten days in May, after all that’s exciting, isn’t it? Ken Loach flies in to collect a prize for a surprise-late-career angry social drama. Woody Allen just stands there, still jet-lagged from the flight, looking bored at his own […]

7 Tropes to Help Your Sci-Fi Script

Sci-Fi is a wonderful genre, full of story–telling possibilities as endless as the stars themselves. This is true from both a science and fiction standpoint. Far too often however science fiction films rely on the same tried and true methods to keep the audience entertained. This in not necessarily a bad thing, it makes science fiction […]

5 tips I’d give myself if I was starting uni over again…

Just under a year ago, I graduated from a BA Film and Animation course. Since graduating, I’ve been lucky enough to meet some great people and work on some fantastic stuff. But, whilst in thought the other day, I realised how much I would do differently if I could go back in time and start […]

Film Marketing Essentials – 5 Tips To Sell Your Film

I’m writing from Berlin, scratching my head about film marketing. I’m sitting in my hotel room after a hectic first day of the European Film Market. I’ve spent the day on the busy trading floors of the Martin Gropius Bau and the crowded hotel lobbies of the Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton and the Marriot. Here’s the common […]

Production Design and A Cure for Wellness

Director Gore Verbinski’s latest film A Cure for Wellness is a psychological thriller with dark imagery and beautiful scenery. The film’s twisted story is delivered through fantastic set design and a clever use of props, are by far the most compelling parts of A Cure for Wellness. The film does a great job of highlighting […]

Visual effects are just for the big boys, right? (Part 1)

We’ve all seen those big visual effects block busters from the studios: Avengers Assemble, Independence Day etc. Personally, I love them: they’re great fun, and impressive to watch but it’s easy to get the idea that visual effects are just for the blockbusters. It has often been said that, actually, the best visual effects are those that […]

In Praise Of Low Budget Filmmaking Masterclass

Learn from R`aindance founder Elliot Grove about how to make movies for very little money. He never calls them micro or low budget. He refers to them low budget films as the result of ‘resource based creativity’.

7 Feminist Films To Keep The Women’s March Going

People voted, then people rallied, and people voted, and people expressed their anger and their wish to live dignified lives, no matter what those in power are expressing and enforcing. While there is a great and necessary history of protests to maintain in the troubled and troubling times that we are going through, this momentum […]