Smart Tips for Smartphone Filmmaking

Cell phone technology has advanced at an unbelievable pace since the 1980’s. In the dark dystopian future of 2017, entire feature length movies are shot on so-called ‘Smart Phones’. What does it all mean? Just how smart are they? Are these ‘Smart Phones’ planning a revolution? Can they feel? Seriously, though, smartphones are becoming smarter, […]

6 Films That Turned Failure Into Success

As filmmakers, we all want to make great films. What is a great film? We know that a big budget and amazing special effects, huge explosions and epic scale does not guarantee a great or successful film. Success can sometimes come DESPITE the lack of budget or not-so-great special effects. In the film industry, success […]

Blade Runner: A beautiful, Horrible Future

Any great science fiction story will be layered with important contemporary issues, either subtly or overtly and Blade Runner is no exception. With Blade Runner 2049 releasing in October of this year lets take a look back at the original film. We will look at the themes and messages and their relevance in today’s world. […]

5 tips I’d give myself if I was starting uni over again…

Just under a year ago, I graduated from a BA Film and Animation course. Since graduating, I’ve been lucky enough to meet some great people and work on some fantastic stuff. But, whilst in thought the other day, I realised how much I would do differently if I could go back in time and start […]

Virtual Body Horror: An eXistenZ Retrospective

  With the recent rise in popularity of virtual reality gaming lets take a look at a film that touched on this new form of entertainment almost two decades ago. eXistenZ is a 1999 Canadian science fiction film written, produced and directed by David Cronenberg. The film stars Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh and features […]

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, […]

Top 10 Women in Science Fiction

  Every movie that has ever been made about artificial intelligence owes a debt of gratitude to one woman: Mary Shelley. When Shelley published Frankenstein in 1818, which is widely regarded to be the first science fiction novel, she effectively invented a genre. The power of science fiction to open up a portal into a parallel universe where […]

5 Reasons To Attend The Independent Filmmaker’s Ball.

Filmmaking can sometimes lead to the depths of isolation. Every waking moment is spent chained to a never ending film project. The inability to edit one’s own life is undeniably frustrating. Unshakeable focus and unwavering passion can generate feelings of captivity. This solitary darkness can be soothing to the artistic soul, sure. You know what […]

‘I think indigenous women have always been great storytellers’

Sonia Bonspille Boileau made her first feature length film Le Dep in just 10 days. She was in London to see it screened at Raindance 2015 and gave me some of her time for a chat about filmmaking. The main challenge for this film [Le Dep] was that I wanted the main character to be […]

Plagiarism: 9 Different Sins

You might wonder how I decided to write an article on plagiarism. We have a fabulous postgraduate film degree here at Raindance. It’s probably the most unique and flexible of any film degree programme anywhere. We’ve developed this painstakingly with our education partners at Staffordshire University. Revolutionary or not, our postgraduate film degree must still […]

I think there aren’t enough women’s stories being made

Elisa Paloschi took her groundbreaking documentary Driving with Selvi to Raindance this year and in between fundraising spoke to us about why she had to make this film. I felt I could do anything I wanted; I came from the Canadian mentality where if you have a dream you work hard and you can probably achieve […]

Why Millennials Are Threatening The Film Industry

Is the film industry out of touch with its paying audience? A new study conducted by SLATED suggests it might be, illustrating a disconnect between the ages of filmmakers favoured by the film industry’s greenlighting process and the ages of frequent cinema-goers. More specifically, SLATED data team analyzed the demographic data of filmmakers involved […]