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, […]

Working with animals in your film – a brief guide

The rights of animals have been a topic of fierce debate for many years, in one form or another. As American political and legal philosopher Joel Feinberg explored in his book The Rights of Animals and Future Generations, although animals are not moral creatures, they have interests and thus rights. Even if animals do not […]

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 […]

How To Make A Film In A Roma Settlement – 15 Lessons I Learned

Shooting in places where people are poor is always a tightrope walk. For my documentary Angry Buddha I regularly visited a Roma settlement in the Hungarian village of Sajókaza during three years. It was one of the toughest and most rewarding experiences of my life. Here are 15 lessons I learned. Have time. People will […]

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. […]