Why are there so many unwatchable “documentaries” out there?

Ok so that’s it – as the Peter Finch character in “Network” says: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” – I’ve just wasted another 90 minutes of my life watching a supposed “documentary” that is dull, boring, worthy and unwatchable – I will not mention names to protect the […]

Make Movies With This Easter Filmmaker’s Toolkit

Put down the chocolate! Make movies! Why dither and make reasons to delay your movie? Move up from amateur to professional. Stop making excuses why you can’t make a film. Stop blagging the blag. Get off your couch and start doing something meaningful! You don’t need no film school! 1. Your filmmaking plan and make […]

Why Filmmakers Submit Early To Film Festivals – 7 Reasons

You’ve finished your short, feature or documentry – congratulations – it’s festival submission time! Submit early! This is when you cross your fingers and toes and hope you get selected. Here at Raindance Film Festival we’ve had a quarter of a century dealing with submissions from filmmakers, and nearly as long submitting our own work […]

Filmmakers: Spring Clean Your Career: 6 Tips

When spring breaks and the buds start forming on trees we start to think about a good spring clean. But what about giving your very own career and career strategy a good and thorough spring clean- and shake up your filmmaking career. The 21st century workforce is changing. Filmmaking has been revolutionised through advances in […]

10 Commandments of Independent Filmmaking

My name is Elliot Grove. I’m not big on preaching a commandment, but I’ve been running Raindance since 1992. Back in those days everyone shot on film- 35mm if you could afford it. We made expensive film prints that showed in cinemas. To promote those screenings we printed and mailed expensive leaflets and posters and […]

Smart Tips for Smartphone Filmmaking

Cell phone technology has advanced at an unbelievable pace since the 1980’s. In the dark dystopian future of 2017, entire feature length movies are shot on so-called ‘Smart Phones’. What does it all mean? Just how smart are they? Are these ‘Smart Phones’ planning a revolution? Can they feel? Seriously, though, smartphones are becoming smarter, […]

6 Films That Turned Failure Into Success

As filmmakers, we all want to make great films. What is a great film? We know that a big budget and amazing special effects, huge explosions and epic scale does not guarantee a great or successful film. Success can sometimes come DESPITE the lack of budget or not-so-great special effects. In the film industry, success […]

5 Low-Budget DIY Filmmaking Hacks

You’re a filmmaker, you’re just starting out, you’re broke. We get it. But what if I said to you that you can achieve Hollywood production value for a very low cost. Own a pair of rollerblades? Great! You’ve got yourself a sweet tracking shot. Got some old CD cases laying around? Even better! You now […]

Personal Branding: Selling Yourself Without Selling Yourself Short

As a social media intern and a filmmaker, I’m aware of how crucial it is to market a film. Through my time at Raindance, however, I’ve been introduced to a new concept that’s just as vital– personal branding.   Personal branding is much more than a great headshot and impressive bio. It’s the totality of […]

4 Tips for Success on Film Sets

Congratulations you have followed through with your goals and landed a job on a film set! You may be a carpenter, grip, set decorator, or even a camera assistant but what sort of etiquette is expected of you? Your first few times on set will be exciting and daunting, you may be so overwhelmed that […]

Make March 2017 Your Month – Go From Film Fan To Filmmaker

Happy March! It’s time to go from film fan to filmmaker. Here at Raindance, we’ve decided that March is going to be a special month. What better month to re-invigorate your dreams than March – which starts 48 hours after the Oscars? Of course, everyone repeats that every day, but we really mean it. Why? […]