Hot Models Wanted: One Actor’s Point Of View On Casting Your Indie Film (Part 2)

Six dos and don’ts every actor wishes you knew from breakdown to booking.  If you are an indie filmmaker then you know that casting is that wildcard that can make or break your chances at festivals, awards, and making all of your hard work worth it, and that mis-casting can make your shoot a living […]

Why Pokémon Go Should Set Your Filmmaker’s Soul On Fire

It’s been a long time since a groundbreaking innovation in film has caused stampedes, arrests and mayhem in general. Avatar broke box office records, people queued, but there was the excitement was far tamer than for this new, exciting prospect. Yes, people were hurt trying to avoid the train that was speeding towards them during […]

NOLLYWOOD: Some Patterns Of Our Now

Over the last eight years, Nollywood filmmaking has progressed from the curio domiciled in the heart of Surulere Lagos, Nigeria, to a widely successful industry whose films gradually inch into the West of the world. Instances abound: Mirror Boy (2010) premiered at the Leicester Square, London; Half of a Yellow Sun also first screened at […]

Filmmakers’ Preparing U.S. Visas: Five Time-Saving Tips

Filmmakers applying for U.S. visas complain it’s a notoriously time-consuming process. Believe it or not, a lot of this time isn’t spent waiting for USCIS to adjudicate your application — much of it is spent in the time it takes to put together the application. Why is this, if it’s mostly presenting documents and filling […]

Where is filmmaking going?

I was asked by Elliot to write an article about what it would take to revive the film industry. “In what sense?” I asked. I felt a dubious frown appear on my face. “Well, you know…” he said before diving back into his work. The question is so broad in its scope, it’s fair to say […]

What’s your excuse for not doing it?

Sitting here on Planet Raindance for a quarter century has been an exercise in humility. So many films and filmmakers have passed through the doors. So much has changed. Back in 1992 it was all 35mm. Now it’s (nearly) all electronic. Award winning films, even Oscar winners are shot on cellphones like Looking for Sugarman. […]

12 dumb mistakes film producers make

Tony Morris has had a lifetime of experience working with film producers, old and new, and with film projects large and small. He could tell stories all night long. He has written an excellent legal handbook that is written in an easily digestible step-by-step guide to sorting out the legal issues filmmakers face. He also […]

Tomorrow’s Web Fest winners: teen YouTubers

YouTube is a phenomenon of the Millenial-Generation and has seen an explosion of web content whereby anyone and everyone can start creating videos from their bedroom and, as these young “tubers” show, start gaining an audience. Defy Media’s new Acument Report: Constant Content has found that 13- to 24-year-olds are more entertained by YouTube content […]

A Tribute To Abbas Kiarostami

“Cinema starts with D.W. Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami.” New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard said. Abbas Kiarostami, who has just passed away age 76, was one of the luminaries of world cinema. His unique sensitivity, made of a contemplation of social interaction, work with children and a universe that was deeply embedded in Persian […]

Brexit: Raindance Statement

Britain’s electorate has shocked the world by voting to leave the European Union. Raindance staff here in London have been left devastated like so many others in the European independent film industry. Forget for a moment the arguments about economics and the political design of the EU in the first place, and the arguments whether or […]