Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking

Raindance’s signature producing class has been labelled ‘the best and most informative introduction to the film business’.

Have the film industry demystified in one weekend. Learn how to shoot, edit and direct your first feature cost-effectively and develop a plan for securing finance and submitting to film festivals and distributors.

Course:
Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking
Starts:
November 29, 2014
From:
9:30am to 6:00pm
Price:
£299.94
Tutor:
Elliot Grove
Duration:
Weekend
Venue:
Raindance Film Centre
Address:
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10 Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE, United Kingdom



This course is also available Live Online
This course is free to MA and Fast Track students.


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Elliot Grove Lo To No Budget Filmmaking

There Has Never Been a Better Time to Make a Movie

Some say it’s a terrible time to make movies. I hasten to disagree. Making movies using the old technology and the old business plan no longer works. If you understand how the industry now works, you can make a feature film, profitably.

Show Me the Money!

All day every day I hear the same complaint: “But you need a million plus to make a movie these days. And money everywhere is tight.”

Oh no you don’t. And oh no it isn’t!

New technology means it’s never been cheaper to make a movie, if you know the insider tips and secrets that will allow you to maximise your budget and put value for money on the screen.

The money is there for the asking. The trick is to know how to ask, how much, and what for. If you need proof that low budget films are profitable, consider the success of 2011′s Insidious, the year’s most profitable film.

I attended the Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking course with Elliot Grove this weekend and would like to thank him and Raindance. I came away feeling as though I had been in the trenches learning from the Guru. I’m proud to say that Elliot has given me the great foundation of information to draw on.
Sharleen Tutton

Raindance Doesn’t Teach Filmmaking

If you expect to learn filmmaking, this is the wrong course for you. We recommend that you attend an institution where academics will lecture you. This course is constantly updated featuring the latest developments in production and distribution.

If on the other hand you want to learn how to become a filmmaker, how to kick start your career, then this Raindance course is for you. At Raindance We Make Filmmakers.

Want to make a movie and don’t know where to start?

This intensive weekend seminar shows you how to shoot a 35mm or HD colour quality feature film, ninety minutes long with a Dolby stereo soundtrack for as little as £10 000. We did it at Raindance. We made the 35mm feature film Table 5 for just £278.38.

Share our first-hand experience in making movies that look great on a minimal budget.

All formats, including film, HDV and HD, and even mobile phones are discussed

Elliot Grove has developed a clear process that will assist you in producing, directing and selling your first feature film. This is the step-by-step method which launches successful careers. Movies like Pi, The Blair Witch Project, Chuck and Buck, Clerks and El Mariachi were all made using the principles that are demonstrated through lecture and video clips on this course.

The writers, directors or producers of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Waking Ned, Sliding Doors, Shawn of the Dead, Slumdog Millionare and Memento have all attended this intensive seminar before making their first films. You can too.

About the Course

If you do not learn enough low budget tips to cover the cost of this course by lunch time on the first day, we will refund you the difference.
This course is part lecture and part group discussion.

Day 1: Make The Movie

Learn a step-by-step process using proven cost-effective, lo-to-no budget filmmaking techniques by considering the best and most efficient ways to produce, direct, shoot and edit a saleable feature film.

  • Pre-Production: getting organised for an efficient shoot
  • Budgets from 500 € to 1 000 000 € are discussed in detail
  • Proven lo-budget short cuts and faking a million pound budget
  • Using sound and music to enhance production values
  • Getting professional actors
  • The essentials of the art and craft of film directing
  • More than fifty lo-budget shooting tips
  • Avoiding the three big filmmaking mistakes

Day 2: Sell The Movie

Discover the secrets and real facts behind marketing, selling and distributing your finished film throughout the world and the pre-planning you need to turn your movie into this year’s cult classic, and yourself into a hot filmmaker.

NEW: Self distribution and the internet explained for filmmakers.

  • The movie game: presenting your first project to investors.
  • Distribution and marketing
  • Publicity: the essential ingredient to selling your film
  • PR kit: creating an effective package
  • Film buyers and film markets
  • Plotting the film festival route
  • Film financing: executing a strategy for a £50,000 – £3,000,000 budget
  • Honing a workable pitch for your film.
  • The distribution deal

Over 15,000 film students and filmmakers have taken this course worldwide since 1993.

The honesty of what a film maker is up against! It was a wake up call! I would love to be able to make a 35mm motion picture but realise that while I still have a lot to learn I feel I’m learning faster than before. I need to make more short films however I will get there in the end!
Geraint Sweeney

It’s impossible to pick out any one single aspect of the course for special mention – the whole thing was excellent from start to finish. Elliot should be bottled and made available as a tonic for everyone involved in film!!! Brilliant and inspirational.
Andy North

Elliot’s infectious thirst for the filmmaking process and all that entails. I feel more inspired to make a film than I have done in the last few years.
Carl Appletree

The Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking class was presented in a structured, but relaxed and friendly manor. I left with a clear understanding of how to ascertain a required budget, arrange the financing and shoot a film, as well as how to take that film and move forward with gaining a distribution deal. I found the positive “you can do it” attitude of the tutor throughout the two days quashed any hesitations I had regarding entering into the movie industry.
John Merrick

This course is also available Live Online

Hi Elliot,

It’s Simon from the (online) Lo-To-No course this weekend just gone – thank you so much for such a fantastic weekend! To say I learned a lot would be an understatement, I feel like I have gone from a total novice to well-versed in the intricacies of filmmaking. I had no idea so much went into producing movies! Your expertise and knowledge was invaluable, thank you very much!

Now all that’s left is for me to crack on with writing my movie, I already have an outline but now that I know that I could actually make it into a movie with the right funding, I’m raring to go!

Kind regards,
Simon

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Elliot Grove

About Elliot Grove

Elliot Grove founded Raindance as a thought experiment: Can you make a film with no money, no training and no experience, he asked?

When people like his first intern Edgar Wright started making movies he started the Raindance Film Festival to celebrate their work in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007.

Elliot has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 (1997) was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of £278.38. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America. In 2006 he produced the multiple-award winning The Living and the Dead.

In 2013 he relaunched the production arm: Raw Talent with the cult film director Ate de Jong. Their first venture was the psychological thriller Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey. finished November 2013.

This summer, Raindance Film Festival barked on a groundbreaking tour of Britain: 10 films in six cities with the Festival Screening Partner, VUE Cinemas. You can see Elliot talking about film festivals here:



He has written three books which have become industry standards: RAINDANCE WRITERS LAB 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008), Raindance Producers' Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking (Focal Press 2013) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). He was awarded a PhD in 2009 for services to film education. His first novel THE BANDIT QUEEN is scheduled for publication next year. Read articles by Elliot Grove.