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5 Films To Look Forward To This Summer

Summer is well under way, and the first group of “Summer Blockbusters” are here, in the form of Transformers: Age of Extinction, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and How To Train Your Dragon 2, to name a few. But what else is there?? Here are a few that you should definitely write down … Read More

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Too genius for mainstream and too mainstream for genius. Terry Gilliam.

The career of this director is exactly like his films: crazy, unique and absolutely original. Terry Gilliam is the one of his kind. From his outstanding debut and milestone in the history of comedy that is Monty Python and the Holy Grail to his latest, individual work – The Zero Theorem, Gilliam proved that he … Read More

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10 Lessons I Learned From Making A Movie For $10,000

We made a movie, called Black Soup for 10,000 dollars.  We shot it in Budapest, in 14 days, filming on 11 locations (!), had a bunch of great actors in it, guns, blood, luxury apartments, aerial shots, and even a helicopter.  It premiered to a packed house (over 450 people) on a Friday night at … Read More

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Top 21 Virgin Movies Of The 21st Century

Virgin stories are about awakening to your true potential, despite the wishes or beliefs of the world around you.  Here is my list of favorite 21st Century Virgin movies.  Interestingly, their writers have intuitively followed the structure of the Virgin’s journey (I’m guessing they haven’t all read my book The Virgin’s Promise). Notice how the … Read More

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Get Handy With Copyright and the Internet

Producing moving image has never been so widespread and easily accessible. From Vines to music videos and low-budget films, you have the opportunity to share your personal vision through YouTube, Vimeo and many other online platforms. But before you do so, it is worth to check what are the rights and wrongs of creating, sharing … Read More

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Why Having A Low-Budget Is Awesome, Seriously

A mammoth budget does not necessarily guarantee box office domination nor does it mean it will earn critical acclaim. Filming limitations can lead to ingenuity, creative freedom and, more often than not, it becomes a labour of love rather than a business endeavour. Have a look below for our pick of best low-budget movies of … Read More

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Guest Post: 6 Tips For Creating A Successful Webseries

With the arrival of various on-demand services and social media, web series are becoming more and more popular. A large number of film makers and writers are now turning to video sharing platforms such such as YouTube as a way of finding an audience, and for making their first steps in screenwriting and film production. … Read More

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If Breaking Bad’s Characters Were Arrested As Criminals

A senior executive from SKY rang yesterday to tell us two things we thought were interesting: – Sky passed on Breaking Bad, which has now has snowballed into a cultural movement. – women are treated like shit in the film business. Breaking Bad proves that mainstream audiences have no problem embracing morally bankrupt main characters … Read More

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How To Show Who’s Boss On Your Film Set

(and save up to 80% on cast & crew rates) We are so chuffed for getting Raindance’s Masters Programme accepted in the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image (“Nahemi”), the club of UK film schools.  So we attended their annual conference where film lecturers from across the UK tell each other what … Read More

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10 Lessons from The Grand Budapest Hotel

To celebrate its DVD/Blu-ray release this week, here are 10 filmmaking lessons from the sublime ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’: 1. Every detail matters. It is impossible not to notice the extra special attention to detail  in Wes Anderson’s perfectly constructed worlds.  Grand Budapest is no exception.  Spoiler alert: When Madame D (Tilda Swinton) dies, she … Read More

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A Day In The Life Of A Micro-budget Film In Cyprus

I recently completed my debut feature film entitled Committed. It’s an English-language romantic comedy about a chance meeting between a man and a runaway bride and it’s set on the gorgeous island of Cyprus. This small country has a keen, developing film industry that up until recently was funded by the government. With the arrival … Read More

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5 Directors Who Deserve an Oscar.

What links The Departure, Gravity, Life of Pi, The Hurt Locker and Slumdog Millionaire? Each of them has been awarded with fancy, golden statuette of a knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes in category of ‘Best Director.’ OK, what about The Social Network, Black Swan, Thelma & … Read More

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