Hot Models Wanted: One Actor’s Point Of View On Casting Your Indie Film (Part 2)

Six dos and don’ts every actor wishes you knew from breakdown to booking.  If you are an indie filmmaker then you know that casting is that wildcard that can make or break your chances at festivals, awards, and making all of your hard work worth it, and that mis-casting can make your shoot a living […]

NOLLYWOOD: Some Patterns Of Our Now

Over the last eight years, Nollywood filmmaking has progressed from the curio domiciled in the heart of Surulere Lagos, Nigeria, to a widely successful industry whose films gradually inch into the West of the world. Instances abound: Mirror Boy (2010) premiered at the Leicester Square, London; Half of a Yellow Sun also first screened at […]

Filmmakers’ Preparing U.S. Visas: Five Time-Saving Tips

Filmmakers applying for U.S. visas complain it’s a notoriously time-consuming process. Believe it or not, a lot of this time isn’t spent waiting for USCIS to adjudicate your application — much of it is spent in the time it takes to put together the application. Why is this, if it’s mostly presenting documents and filling […]

What’s Your Excuse For Not Doing It?

Sitting here on Planet Raindance for a quarter century has been an exercise in humility. So many films and filmmakers have passed through the doors. So much has changed. Back in 1992 it was all 35mm. Now it’s (nearly) all electronic. Award winning films, even Oscar winners are shot on cellphones like Looking for Sugarman. […]

Tomorrow’s Web Fest winners: teen YouTubers

YouTube is a phenomenon of the Millenial-Generation and has seen an explosion of web content whereby anyone and everyone can start creating videos from their bedroom and, as these young “tubers” show, start gaining an audience. Defy Media’s new Acument Report: Constant Content has found that 13- to 24-year-olds are more entertained by YouTube content […]

HOT MODELS WANTED: One Actor’s Point of View on Casting Your Indie Film (Part 1)

Six dos and don’ts every actor wishes you knew from breakdown to booking.  If you are an indie filmmaker then you know that casting is that wildcard that can make or break your chances at festivals, awards, and making all of your hard work worth it, and that mis-casting can make your shoot a living […]

6 Painful Filmmaking Lessons Elliot Grove Learned

Don’t we all hate painful filmmaking lessons? I do. I’ve had plenty of them. Its been 25 years since this whole Raindance thing started, and it’s painful to remember all the naive and often stupid lessons I had to be taught. We’re nearing the end of the festival submissions for this year’s 24th Raindance Film […]

Your First 100 Days As A Filmmaker

You’ve finally decided to jump headlong towards your 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 […]

Low Budget High Quality Comes To Norway

My name is Jan Vardøen and as well as directing I am a musician (under the name Ian Senior) and author of many books, fiction and non-fiction. I am also a chef and my formal training is as a wooden boat builder. Although Norwegian, I spent many years in Brixton, stoking the anarchist fires and […]

How To Make A Blockbuster Short Film

However much one supports independent film (and if you do, you’ll be with us at the Independent Filmmakers Ball), a blockbuster may sneak in your watch list every now and then. Every time Deadpool or The Avengers show up on the big screen, we come running. And after all, why not? Last year, this blockbuster short film […]