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Santa’s 7 Lessons For Filmmakers

Holiday season again. I meet filmmaker after filmmaker on the streets around the Raindance Film Centre in London’s theatreland and they’re all lamenting the fact that this town is closing down for a good solid fortnight and they can’t get answers on their projects. Bah Humbug. Why moan and complain? Are you worried about what […]

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3 Painful Lessons Of Independent Film

Elliot’s 3 Bad Mistakes of 2014

New Year’s resolutions are around the corner and with the downtime over the holidays a good time to pause and reflect. 2014 was in many ways a great year for me personally, and for my alter-ego Raindance Film Festival. The festival itself rocketed to new levels never seen before in terms of press, attendance and […]

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Filmmaker: What Do You Do For A Living?

The holiday season is upon us. gift, giving, food, drink – and weird Uncle Norman insulting the entire family and mum asking: “What do you do for a living?” This need not be the season of dread. One needs to brace oneself for the correct answer. First, you need to decide how you answer: Do […]

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5 Mistakes Actors Make When Creating a Showreel From Scratch

Acting Showreels from Scratch are a relatively new concept – and therefore, many people dive deep into the many pitfalls. Here are five of the most common. Oh and, for those of you who don’t know what a shot from scratch showreel is: it’s where you write, direct and edit scenes specifically for demo reel […]

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Maureen Judge, Director Living Dolls

“I’ve tried to focus on the projects rather than the ceilings”

Documentary filmmaker Maureen Judge hails from Canada and has an industry CV that spans over 20 years. Working in TV and film she here shares her expertise and talks of the new challenges she faced with her latest project Living Dolls. Once I started making films I loved it. I made my first 3 films […]

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Please Hire Tam

Someone Please Get Tam A Film Job

I get hundreds of emails every day – I’m neither bragging or complaining. It’s what I wanted and now I’ve got it. It’s part of what I do: Read emails until late at night. Today I finally opened an email from Tam O’Malley and there I was actually reading it. It brought a faint smile […]

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Examining Bruce Lee’s Top Five Films

If he have lived beyond that saddening day in 1973, martial arts legend Bruce Lee would have celebrated his 75th birthday on November 27, 2014. Though he didn’t get a chance to see the theatrical extravaganza of the seminal Enter the Dragon when it debuted in Hollywood in ’73, particular home video releases of this […]

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The Five Rules Of Filmmaking

I’m sitting in the Raindance Toronto office this cold, grey November day. In a couple hours this studio will be full of filmmakers and screenwriters attending the monthly Toronto Boozin’ N’ Schmoozin’ networking drinks. earlier this week over 200 people attended the same event at Raindance Vancouver. Everyone I meet in our regional hubs are […]

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What Came True: The Filmmaking Trends Of 2014

At the beginning of this year, we took to the crystal ball and presciently published our filmmaking insights for 2014. So as the Christmas countdown begins and the yearly round-ups start to appear, here’s our retrospective on the trends that took flight and those that are delayed…   1. Mini Content Marketing Sitting comfortably at […]

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“There’s a certain confidence that comes from naiveté”

Debs Paterson fairly burst onto the film scene in 2010 with her acclaimed feature debut Africa United. Since then she has been beavering away writing and developing multiple projects for TV and film. She took some time out of her hectic schedule to impart some words of wisdom. Africa United happened so fast. I was slightly […]

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Biggest Box Office Turkeys in 2014

Turkey: /?t??ki/ Noun 1) a large mainly domesticated game bird native to North America, having a bald head and (in the male) red wattles. It is a popular food on festive occasions such as Christmas and (in the US) Thanksgiving. 2) Something that is extremely or completely unsuccessful, especially a play or film. “The movie […]

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What To Do Once The Screenplay Is Written

  1. Pat Yourself On The Back. Have a nap. Brew yourself a cup of tea. Put your feet up. Now is the time to bask in your productive glory. You’ve persevered through procrastination and writer’s block to complete something that resembles a film. Arguably, the hardest graft is yet to come, but the first […]

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