Saturday Film School with Elliot Grove:
Break into the Film Industry

This powerful information-packed day will give you the basic tools and information you need to establish yourself as a screenwriter, director or filmmaker. Over 8,500 people worldwide have taken this course in the past year!

Saturday Film School with Elliot Grove:
Break into the Film Industry
June 21, 2014
June 21, 2014
10:00am to 5:00pm
Raindance Toronto
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Elliot Grove
One Saturday
The Comedy Bar
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945 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 1L4, Canada

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Introduction to Filmmaking: Break into the Film Industry

Course Outline

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Writing The Screenplay

Have you ever had an idea for a movie?

Let Elliot Grove explain to you the basic principles of writing screenplays and demonstrate the powerful storytelling tools used by the professionals.

  • Finding an idea
  • Creating memorable characters
  • Playing with story structure
  • Using professional screenwriting tools

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.  Break

11:45 – 1:00 p.m. Making the movie

Making movies is not complicated. It is hard work. Raindance founder Elliot Grove explains how movies are produced and will explain dozens of shooting tips that will save you money and make it easier to get your movie made.

  • Creating a budget
  • Choosing a camera
  • The Raindance 5 Minute Film Lighting School
  • Shooting on locations
  • Securing permissions for shooting in public
  • Guerilla filmmaking demystified

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 – 3:45 p.m. So you want to direct?

Why is it that everyone wants to direct, but no one ever takes the time to learn how? We will explain 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

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Break

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Breaking Into the film industry

If you would like paid work in the film industry, this is the session for you. Elliot Grove will explain how to prepare yourself for work as a writer, producer, director, camera person, editor or art director.

  • Showreels and CVs explained
  • Choosing your field
  • Marketing and promoting yourself
  • Negotiating pay and what you can expect to earn

5 :00 – 7:00 p.m.  Networking drinks

John Hurt with Elliot Grove at Cannes Film Festival

John Hurt with Elliot Grove at Cannes Film Festival

We retire to a nearby bar for networking drinks.  [This event has become very popular - bring lots of business cards and find a collaborator]

What you will get:

  • Course handout full of useful articles and resources.
  • Handout includes script format guide used by professional screenwriters, storyboard templates, glosssaries of filmmaking terms, budget templates, sample CV templates – over 50 pages in all will be provided.
  • Followup email full of useful links and additional resources.
  • *Lunch is not included.

Who Should Attend

Writers, directors, producers, actors, filmmakers, cinema lovers, anyone with an interest in how movies are made and who seek an introduction to the filmmaking process. Anyone looking to be INSPIRED to commit to a project you’ve been dreaming about!

What participants are saying about this course: 

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 this day 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

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About 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.

He has just finished shooting a feature in London, England directed by Ate de Jong (Drop Dead Fred)

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