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Respect for screenwriters

Respect? Sorry, What’s That?

I’m a real stickler for respect and courtesy. To me it costs nothing to treat others with respect and decency – at least up until the point they demonstrate that they don’t deserve it – but it’s becoming increasingly obvious to me that the idea of respect is somewhat alien to the film industry at … Read More

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16 short films that launched careers

16 Short Films That Launched the Careers of Famous Directors

Mic.com is one of my favourite websites – I check it nearly every day for interesting thought pieces on the arts. They have posted and article: 16 Short Films That Launched the Careers of Famous Directors that really caught my eye. It’s almost a mini film school. Why? I really believe that short films are … Read More

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Eight Movies That Were Better Than The Book

Adaptations are commonplace in today’s movie industry. Whether it’s taken from a book, a video game, a park ride or a bar of chocolate the importance of having an existing property to launch from has become so significant to Hollywood that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find original movies outside the independent field. Worse, it’s … Read More

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From Music to Movies: Seven Musicians Who Made the Move to Movies

The creative industries are ripe with talent and it’s becoming frequently common place for many of those talents to bring their skills to more than their own traditional stomping grounds. Here are just seven members of the music industry who have flexed their muscles in film, both in front and behind the camera. 1.     Rob … Read More

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Your First 100 Days As A Filmmaker

You’ve finally decided to jump headlong towards you dream and become a filmmaker. Now what? Leaving the ordinary civilian lifestyle to become a filmmaker can be a real jolt. Raindance is here to make that transition easier. Filmmaking is not just a life-style – it’s a strategy, a different way of thinking and doing. For … Read More

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12 Types of People Who Go To Film Festivals

To film festival attendees every where – why are you attending a film festival? There are so many benefits to attending Raindance Film Festival: see great movies listen and learn a panels and special events meet filmmakers from all over the world networking events galore With so much going on at Raindance, in fact, with … Read More

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How Entering the Raindance Web Pilot Competition Kickstarted My Filmmaking Career

My name is Phillip Whiteman and I am a previous winner at Raindance Web Fest. So it started out with an audition, an e-casting for a feature film. They wanted an improvised scene that could be about anything we wanted. My friend and I at the time were both asked to audition and were finding … Read More

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Guest Post: 5 Tips For Crowdfunding Trailers That Work

Crowdfunding campaigns are becoming increasingly relevant in the current filmmaking market. Quite a few independent directors and producers that would have previously attempted to court production companies are now turning to their own potential audience to collect the money they need. Along with incentives such as gifts and the chance to visit the film set, … Read More

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Darker and Edgier – A Token of our Times?

Demythologizing medieval. All stories about flawless princesses, mighty knights struggling with dragons and powerful sorcerers are foundations on traditional ways of thinking, tales we have been told as children. J.R.R. Tolkien’s modern fantasy epic Lord of the Rings is absolutely based on this scheme, and this is why the whole world at one time went … Read More

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Top 3 Mistakes in Writing Virgin Stories

1. All protagonists need a clearly defined goal I’m going to tell you something that many in the story-writing world find shocking.  Only Hero stories need to begin with a clearly defined goal.  Big breath.  Virgin stories don’t know where the protagonist will land.  It’s about awakening to her inner voice and trusting it. She changes … Read More

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5 Film Festival Survival Tips for Introverts

It was awards night at my first film festival in Houston, and a man introduced himself.  His appearance screamed Hollywood.  Trendy suit.  Slicked back hair.  Unwavering eye contact.  This was the type of person film festivals were made for — not me.  He held out his hand and assured me that we had so much … Read More

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Stabilise it!

Amazon.co.uk Widgets Now. Unless you’re watching Cloverfield, The Blair Witch Project, or any film that uses the “running with a video camera” gimmick, shakiness in films is something to be avoided. Unless you’re intending to make a film like those similar to the ones mentioned about, shaky shots and dizzying footage not only is an annoyance … Read More

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