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Latest Articles

GoPro for your first camera

Elliot Grove, founder of the Raindance Film Festival, is fond of advising budding filmmakers not to buy a good quality camera. “If you have the kind of money to be buying a camera,” he says, “you have enough to make a short film. Or better yet, give the money to me and I’ll make a … Read More

Raindance Film Festival: We’re worth it.

Here at Raindance we try not to pat ourselves on the back too often. The film industry is populated with people who are far too impressed with themselves, and we don’t often feel the need to hop on that party train. Every once in a while, however, something comes along that we can’t help but … Read More

5 Things To Remember Before Shooting On A RED Epic At 200fps

As cinematographer it’s my duty and most and above all my pleasure to create the look of a film. My role is to turn the director’s vision into reality. Often, I’m challenged by directors but let’s face it that’s one of the reasons I love my job. Recently we shot a film called Madison Cruz … Read More

Monty Python

Monty Python’s 3 Lessons For Filmmakers

Monty Python is one of the entertainment industry’s iconic brands. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin formed a comedy troupe branded Monty Python and launched Monty Python’s Flying Circus in September 1969 on the BBC. The group’s influence on comedy has been compared to The Beatles’s or Elvis … Read More

Stealing [from] Art

While film has always been a huge passion of mine, I chose to study History of Art at University. To my absolute delight, I came to find that the two disciplines are in constant conversation with each other. Art inspires film. Film inspires art. Hell, film is art. Like the two-dimensional art (paintings, drawings, photographs, … Read More

Tarantino vs Hitcock

Tarantino Vs Hitchcock

What you are about to read is an article of extraordinary circumstances (Note: imagine old round man talking into camera). This is an article about two directors separated by decades whom seemingly have nothing in common. Today, you will be convinced that director Alfred Hitchcock and director Quentin Tarantino’s movies are of like minds. Excuse … Read More

sexy movie rain

Sexy Movie Rain On A Low Budget

One of the most dramatic effects filmmakers create is rain. The trouble is, working with water is really expensive. If you want a good old fashioned rain storm (ie: water and wind) it’s even more expensive. Big budget movies use jet engines and water towers hooked to high pressure water mains. This is likely not … Read More

From Theatre to Film: Harder Than It Sounds

Film and Theatre may walk hand-in-hand down the lane of audiovisual entertainment, but that does not mean they are similar: each is a different discipline with different – written and unwritten – rules and difficulties, and each has the ability to be extremely powerful – both as a vessel for meaning and as a tool … Read More

Independent Film Is On The Rise

Independent film is on the rise, with 12 Years A Slave alone grossing almost $38 million in 2013. This detailed infographic made by Mutinee looks back over the last year to show us exactly what kind of films were made independently but also shows that they can made just as much, if not more, than … Read More

I’m directing a $500,000 movie. What will I get paid?

Here is an exchange we had with Naveen Medaram, a director who trained up on Raindance courses, directed two movies and is now in line to direct an LA-based $500,000 feature film. As a budding director, Naveen was wondering what sort of fee he could expect from his producers.   Naveen: From: Naveen Medaram To: … Read More

Filmmaking Myths - Busted

10 Filmmaking Myths: Busted

One night when I was about 7 years old I caught my mum sliding a quarter under my pillow. I had just lost a tooth and having caught my mum red-handed I had to deal with having the Tooth Fairy myth busted. Later, when my daughters were born I always tried to create myths for … Read More

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