7 Ways Filmmakers Hit Film Festival Brick Walls

You’ve made a film – congratulations. Are you hitting brick walls at film festivals? Every year about this time I start getting emails from filmmakers complaining about their treatment at the hands of film festival programmers who have skipped over their film. There’s even professional advisers who train disgruntled filmmakers how to do better with […]

Top 5 Animated Web Series

Interested in making a web series? Try animation! Animated web shorts have been growing massively in popularity over the years. Why? An animated web series is a fantastic way to engage an audience on so many levels. They are relatable, funny, colourful, dramatic, and sure to attract a crowd. A huge advantage web shorts have, […]

5 Things Elliot Grove Learned in 2016

Christmas Eve and things might be quietening down. If you live in the north of England we hear that you’re being battered by storm Barbara. I hope you are safe and sound. A quarter century since starting Raindance I’m still learning big lessons. And 2016 was no different. Did I learn some big ones in […]

The Year in Review – 2016

   The Year in Review – 2016 Who are you? What’s your burning question? Are you motivated and excited about your life? Do you have a pulse? Every second of every day is a resolution and choice: you resolve to be a lover or a hater;  you choose freedom or bondage; you create a new […]

Writing A Treatment, Crafting A Synopsis For Screenwriters

A treatment can be a useful document to have, whether you’re looking to use it as a roadmap of your story before writing or as a way to build interest in a spec script. Unfortunately there’s rarely any specific agreement on how to lay out a treatment for industry consumption. Worse, many mix up “treatment” […]

What’s Transmedia Got to Do with It?

It’s the middle of the night and an independent filmmaker is typing away on her laptop. That scene works splendidly, and the character that’s in there for that scene only is just off the charts. It’ll be a highlight of the film. Cut to: twenty minutes later. She’s going to bed and thinking, if this […]

How to create characters that work across mediums

After I’d gone to see the stage musical Kinky Boots (for the first of many times) last spring, I realised that I had never seen the film, which is now ten years old. It was a very strange experience. I’d been blasting the cast album for a few days and knew all the songs, and […]

10 Tricks And Traps Of Film Producing

Film producing is an occupation fraught with danger, mishaps and misfortune. As Shakespeare said: many a slip twixt cup and lip. Here are the ten areas where new producers trip up. 1. Measure Success by More Than a Theatrical Release The times are a-changin’. The costs and associated risk factor of releasing a film theatrically […]

Top 5 Film Crowd Funding Podcasts You Can’t Ignore

Film crowd funding is a relatively new industry, its popularity is on peak. Most of the new crowd funders have to face a lot of problems due to lack of experience, skills and knowledge about the subject. If you are doing preparation to launch your crowd funding campaign for the first time, you must be […]