Saturday Film School: With Elliot Grove
September 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Welcome to Raindance. Welcome to Disruptive Filmmaking. Welcome to Saturday Film School.
Ontario is bursting with talented filmmakers: Are you an independent filmmaker, cinema or digital media student, D-I-Y filmmaker or videographer? Do you have great ideas, a few skills and few filmmaking friends? Maybe you can shoot a short movie... but can you finance one, find an audience to watch it, or promote and sell it?
Raindance Film Festival Founder and social media maverick Elliot Grove comes to Toronto to bring a fresh look at breaking into the film industry to get your movie made and seen by others. Elliot has produced over 150 short films, 6 features and trained thousands of new and emerging filmmakers around the world. Discover how to use the Raindance network and social media to build audiences, source financing and screen films.
CHARGE YOUR SMARTPHONES! Join @RaindanceCanada and #IndieFilmTOR for this information-packed one-day seminar. DOORS OPEN at 9:15 am.
Saturday Film School: Break into the Film Industry
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Write The Screenplay
Have an idea for a movie? Elliot explains the basic principles of writing screenplays and demonstrate the powerful storytelling tools used by the pros.
- Create memorable characters
- Play with story structure
- Use professional screenwriting tools
- Create a great log line
- PITCHNG is the #1 skill you need to build a community, find an audience or access money. Elliot shows you how to create a great logline, and give you tips to craft a visual and compelling PITCH for your film.
- Practice your pitch and get feedback from an industry pitching pro
Can you pitch a clever log line in 140 characters or less? We're going to tweet out your pitch to the world and find out!
11:30 - 11:45 a.m. Break
11:45 - 1:00 p.m. Making the movie
Making movies is not complicated. But it's hard work. Elliot Grove explains how today, everyone must act like a producer. There will be a tonne of RAW TALENT in this seminar, enough to finance and crew up a movie! In this segment, get producing tools & shooting tips to save you money and make it easier to get your movie made.
- What a producer does: Building a team
- Networking for what you want: How to Connect
- Shooting & Producing tips
- Guerilla filmmaking demystified
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
1-hr film challenge: Can you put together a creative team? Network during lunch and create a production team. Tweet your team photo.
2:00 - 3:45pm So you want to direct?
Why is it that everyone want to direct, but no one ever takes the time to learn how?
Elliot will outline the principle basics of directing, and how to get the actors and crew to do what you want.
- Basics of film directing
- Crossing the line
- Camera placement and why it is important
- Communicating with your cast and crew
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Break into the film industry
If you would like to start setting up your own profile as a bonafide filmmaker, this is the segment for you. Elliot Grove will explain how to prepare your profile as a writer, producer, director.
- Your online profile as a filmmaker
- Create your brand: Marketing and promoting yourself
- Get into Film Festivals
- Create an electronic Press Kit
TWEET @RaindanceCanada and we'll send you a great sample Press Kit!
5 :00 - 7:00 p.m. Networking & Connect
Now are you ready to make a movie? We top off the day and go to a nearby pub for refreshment and to network and start a collaborative project!
What you will get:
- Seminar handout with useful articles and resources.
- Script format guide used by professionals, storyboard templates, glosssaries of filmmaking terms, budget templates, sample templates.
- Followup email full of useful links and additional resources.
- *Lunch is NOT included.
Who Should Attend
Filmmakers, film students, digital media and animation students, writers, directors, producers, actors, filmmakers, cinema lovers, anyone with an interest in telling a visual story and connecting to audiences and communities to watch them. Anyone looking to be INSPIRED to commit to a project you've been dreaming about!
What participants are saying about Saturday Film School:
I am still absorbing the useful information I learned today at Saturday Film School. I gained an insightful glimpse into the different stages of the film-making process that will be useful to my current project. And I'm sure if you're an inspiring actor or a screenwriter or director, you will be inspired to start or continue your own projects as well. A useful tip if you plan on attending a session: BRING A BUSINESS CARD! You will meet like-minded individuals who are seeking directors, cinematographers, sound editors, actors, etc to collaborate with and you will need to be able to provide your information quickly. Trust me on this, you have to stick around for the mixer after the program. If you're the type of person who has been working independently on your craft but need a team to get your project off the ground, here's where you make your connections! It's worth every penny.
- Iman, Toronto
Elliot Grove made himself entirely accessible to everyone before, during and after the event -- and I came away with my head and notepad absolutely jammed with education and inspiration, from practical considerations for production... to all kinds of creative ideas on how to make a film with what you already have, even with a low -- or no -- budget... the message throughout the day was 'there are people right here who can help you get your film made ... we have everything & everyone we need to make a film here in this room. Highly recommended!
- Lis S.
An excellent event filled with insightful information. If you are an aspiring screenwriter, producer, director, actor, cinematographer or anyone involved in the movie making business, then the Saturday Film School is for you! Elliot Grove did an outstanding job delivering the goods and inspiring minds. And the opportunity to network afterwards with like-minded people was a great capper on an excellent day!
- Steve U, Toronto
An amazing information session that touched on all aspects of film-making: camera, lighting, sound, writing, producing, directing, budgeting and copy-rights! A MUST for an aspiring film-maker. The networking opportunities afterward greatly contributed to the value of the course. If one is interested in finding talent in any facet of the film industry, Raindance is the place to find it.
- Craig M. North York
About the Instructor, Elliot Grove
Few people know more filmmakers and screenwriters in Europe than Raindance founder Elliot Grove. He has presided over the launch of some of this countries most interesting filmmakers. Edgar Wright was his first intern, Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn met at a Raindance course in the mid 1990's, Christopher Nolan and Gareth Edwards (Monsters) all launched their careers following film training courses at Raindance. Elliot founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007. He 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 was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of £278.38. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America. He has written three books which have become industry standards:RAINDANCE WRITERS' LAB: WRITE & SELL THE HOT SCREENPLAY(Focal Press 2008), RAINDANCE PRODUCER'S LAB: LO-TO-NO BUDGET FILMMAKING (Focal Press 2004) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). His first novel THE BANDIT QUEEN is scheduled for publication next year. Open University awarded Elliot an Honourary Doctorate for services to film education in 2009.
Elliot's Saturday film School is the most popular film class in europe, taken by over 15,000 learners since it was launched in March 2011.
His 2014 feature, Deadly Virtues directed by Ate de Jong (Drop Dead Fred) has been released in 8 territories and reached number 12 in the UK.
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