10 Tips For Shooting Film From A Drone

*** Watch 8 movies that demonstrate what a drone can do Drones will and are already revolutionising filmmaking, allowing filmmakers to achieve jaw dropping, cinematic results that have previously only been available to Hollywood productions! I’ve been working with drones on and off for a few years now but at the end of last year […]

10 Film Distribution Basics

Filmmakers need to get a good, rock-solid understanding of how film distribution works. Successful filmmakers – and by that I mean filmmakers who successfully recoup their budget and repay investors, are the ones who develop a distribution strategy before they embark on the filmmaking process, and sometimes before they write the script. I have been […]

Cinema 2.0: #steallikeaboss

Still looking for your authentic voice? Still pounding your head against the wall trying to figure out what you are trying to say? Steal It! Mash It Up! Take any number of strange and wonderful films, musical cues, ideas and concepts and make your own statement by combining, mixing, twisting and mashing them up. Don’t […]

10 Things Film Producers Should Know

My name is Elliot Grove and I run Raindance. Every year we are trolling through hundreds of film submissions for Raindance Film Festival and it always makes me sad. Here’s why: We end up sending out hundreds and hundreds of rejection letters to filmmakers around the world, many of whom have become personal friends. We […]

6 Sex Positions for Filmmakers (SFW)

When you’re making independent, no-budget, DIY cinema, at some point in your cine career you’re going to get hot and sweaty with traditional distributors and a variety of new options online and offline for distributing your media. Let’s face it – you’re gonna get screwed if you don’t know what you’re doing. Luckily for you, […]

10 Filmmaker Website Essentials

We are deep into film festival submission time here at Raindance. We are really fortunate to have become known as Britain’s largest and oldest independent film festival which attracts films from the four corners of the world. Filmmakers choose Raindance Film Festival because of our reputation for helping filmmakers progress in their careers, and for […]

Top 10 YouTube Channels for Indie Filmmakers

How to learn filmmaking without spending time and money? YouTube is the quickest and most efficient way to find out everything you need to know to make a film. Here are 10 best YouTube channels that will help. 1. Film Courage Film courage offers a great variety of filmmaking, directing and screenwriting tips in a short […]

Foundation Certificates; Invest in your filmmaking career.

It’s no secret that education directly benefits your general existence on planet Earth. There are many educational resources out there; colleges, public colleges, tutorship, internships, on-the-job learning, university, short-courses, part-time courses, full-time courses and even online courses. MANY establishments offer these and much more How can you tell which one is best for you? That’s […]

Cinema 2.0: Casting Hacks & Tips

Star casts define most mainstream movies. You know the name – you go and see the movie. Distributors won’t even look at your microcinema picture unless you have a recognizable star in it. What’s an enterprising micro-filmmaker to do? Make your film anyway — just don’t fall prey to the idea that you are going to […]

Independent Filmmaking; LESS is MORE, and here’s why.

Camera! Lights! Act- Hold on a second, I don’t own any camera equipment…yet.  So, you want to get into filmmaking? Lovely. But you have a limited supply of gold right? I can certainly identify with that. This beautiful square-shaped planet that we call Earth is overrun with creatives suffering from the same financial problem. If you’re […]

10 Items On A Film Crowdfunder’s Success Checklist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flPlbl9BW_w This video really shows what crowdfunding is about! Crowdfunding is, of course, one film finance source for your project. No film school is going to tell you not to do a crowdfunding campaign. I am going to tell you never, ever do a film crowdfunding campaign unless you have ticked each of these important […]