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Filmmaker’s Foundation Certificate

September 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Details

Date:
September 13
Time:
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
£198
Filmmaker's Foundation Certificate

Venue

Raindance Film Centre
10a Craven Street
London, WC2N 5PE
+ Google Map
Phone:
0207 9303 412

Other

Tutor
Elliot Grove
Duration
5 Tuesday Evenings
This course is also available online.
Premium Members get this course for £168.30Join Now!
Ate de Jong

About the Course

The Filmmaker’s Foundation Certificate is designed to provide filmmakers with the ammunition to tackle their first short or feature film. Split over five weeks, this course equips attendees with the tools and skills to start making their film career, from Writing & Shooting Low-Budget Films to The role of the Director and How to Break in to the Film Industry.

Who is it for?

This Certificate course is designed for beginner filmmakers interested in getting an insight and an understanding into the process of making a film. If you have a desire to make your first short or feature film, or to advance your filmmaking knowledge so you can start a career, this is the course for you.

What will I get?

Over the 5 weeks, the course will teach the following subjects:

Week 1: Writing for Low Budget Films

How to get the most out of your script, locations and actors and how to make sure these elements will be in line with a low budget. You will develop the tools to turn your script into a unique and saleable story.

  • Writing on a low budget
  • Creating characters that grab audience attention
  • Essentials of screen dialogue
  • Story structure explained

Week 2: Essentials of Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking

Making movies can be very expensive but debut films are usually made on miniscule budgets. A successful filmmaker can make the ordinary seem extraordinary and offer exceptional production values.

  • Finding Lo-to-No budget locations
  • Low budget shooting tips
  • Working with crew and actors with little money
  • Negotiation and communication skills

Week 3: Director's Toolkit

Actors, cinematographers and directors form one of the most exciting relationships on a movie set. New directors need to learn to communicate their vision to their cast and crew in order to get the best results on screen.

  • Finding a cast
  • Using and understanding the rehearsal process
  • Protocol on the set
  • Basics of camera placement and shooting

Week 4: The Director's Role

Computer and camera companies have developed a bewildering array of low cost editing and camera equipment. Learn how to choose the right equipment and maximise its potential for the edit of your movie.

  • Basics of the picture and image capture equipment
  • Introduction to DV equipment available
  • Working with sound
  • Limitations and benefits of desktop editing

Week 5: Breaking Into The Film Industry

If you really want to work in the film industry as a writer, director or producer, your chances of success will succeed if you make a plan of attack.

  • Creating a showreel
  • Presenting yourself: CV's and query letters
  • How to break in as a writer, a director or producer
  • Getting jobs in crew: sound, camera, art department, post-production etc.

What They Are Saying

I loved hearing about simple techniques to make shoestring budget films look professional and the tutors humorous anecdotes of their own experiences starting out making films and breaking into the film industry. The practical exercises looked simple but were actually challenging and fun!
Stella Macdonald
The teachers were passionate, knowledgeable and informative. I just sat their glued to what they were saying, soaking it all up. I learned alot, and the general vibe of the Raindance team - was cool, passionate and committed. The teachers, the course and the whole experience totally rocked!!!
Glen MacKay

Last night's class with Simon Hunter was a really useful end to the filmmakers course. I feel like I learned a lot over the 5 weeks and really enjoyed all the sessions. Thanks for running such great, accessible courses!
Harriet Harton
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. 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 late 2013.

Here you can watch the 2015 BIFA's from the red carpet to all the awards. Elliot's interview is at 1:27:00

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.

Elliot teaches several courses at Raindance including Lo To No Budget Filmmaking and Writer's Foundation Certificate.

The 24th Raindance Film Festival has now released it's 2016 festival trailer: a homage to Stephen Spielberg who celebrates his 70th birthday this year:

https://youtu.be/BRSlpe03-w4

Read articles by Elliot Grove.

Details

Date:
September 13
Time:
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
£198
Filmmaker's Foundation Certificate

Venue

Raindance Film Centre
10a Craven Street
London, WC2N 5PE
+ Google Map
Phone:
0207 9303 412

Other

Tutor
Elliot Grove
Duration
5 Tuesday Evenings
This course is also available online.
Premium Members get this course for £168.30Join Now!