Cinema 2.0: Why 10 Hour Days Work for DIY Cinema

10-Hour Days RULE OK! Many mainstream crews are slaves to the grind of a very long day and you don’t have to be. The average union shoot day is 14 hours allowing for lunch and traveling to set (12 hours work/ 1 hour lunch/ 1 hour travel). Even longer if the gig is out of […]

Cinema 2.0 Guerilla Strategies: 7 People You Need on Your Set

I meet filmmakers all the time who are convinced that the more people they have on set the better it will be. WRONG! I am constantly amazed by the arrogance and attitude of ‘movie’ brats who watch mainstream cinema and determine that you need an army to make a movie. It’s complete bullshit and you […]

3 Ways To Get Your Film Funded

Starting out making a film is not easy. Whether that is professional or amateur, you need the funds to be able to follow through with the project. However, there are many ways that you can raise the money to fund your project. Some of these include grants from companies, crowdfunding and personal fundraising. 1. Fundraising […]

5 Tips To Keep Your Audience On The Edge Of Their Seat

The movie-going experience is one of the most popular forms of entertainment there is in pop culture today. And what you, as a filmmaker, want to do, is keep them satisfied. And if you want to exceed all expectations, you just want them to be on the edge of their seat during the entire film. […]

9 Ways A Filmmaker Can Maximise Time

I can’t tell you how many times filmmakers complain to me that they don’t have time to work on their movies or screenplays. Then they complain that their problem is lack of money as well. Then they wonder how I manage to get so much done, given that they can get so little done. What […]

In Praise Of Directing On A Low Budget

Directing your first film is going to be taxing. Here are some elements that will add to the stress, and quite possibly strain your relationship with your producer. See if you can minimise them! 1. Too many locations Each location adds wear and tear to the production budget, and to the crew. It takes a […]

DIY and PRO Prop Hacks: Working with Weapons The Right Way

When I first started making Grindhouse style mainstream pictures, I made kickboxing movies and produced a lot of them in the years to follow. ‘Lethal’, ‘Deadly’ and ‘Fatal’ seemed to be in the title of at least every other picture I made. So I have a very healthy respect for the guys and gals that […]

Filmmaker: Maximise Your Film Festival

You’ve spent a fortune applying to film festivals. I know this because I do this with my movies. You’ve had a series of rejections – and do they sting. I’ve been turned down by dozens of film festivals with my various projects.  Now you’ve finally got accepted to a film festival. Congratulations! You plunk down […]

8 Reasons Why Moms Make the Best Producers

Making a film is hard. Making a film and raising a child is harder. However, I did find that by becoming a mom, I learned new and more efficient skills to be a better producer. Who else could function on almost no sleep, change a diaper in less than 30 seconds, change your child’s clothes […]

Top 5 VIP Tips To Cinema 2.0 Success

Over the last two weeks, I’ve posted twenty Cinema 2.0 Hacks for successful microcinema management. I’ve had lots of feedback and great emails from readers here at Raindance and from around the world. Thanks for taking the time to read – and act – on them. I promised 5 final VIP Tips to Cinema 2.0 […]