A Film Directing Career Masterclass - Raindance London


Building A Film Directing Career Masterclass with Simon Hunter

(13 customer reviews)


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Duration: One weekend
Address: Raindance Film Centre, 10a Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE or Online

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Launch Your Film Directing Career!

About the Course

In a no-nonsense, intensive film directing career weekend masterclass, director Simon Hunter charts the path you need to take from a nobody to a working film director. Starting with shooting your first short films, Simon guides you through the process of writing, producing and directing your first feature film, from storyboard to script, camera placement to editing, festivals to agents.

What is so special about this film directing course?

Simon Hunter is a filmmaker who can teach. He has directed three features that have had theatrical release, including Edie, which premiered at Raindance 2017 and received a wide UK release in May 2018.  He has directed over 150 commercials. There simply aren’t any other film directing courses presented by a filmmaker with this level of current experience. Simon’s latest film, EDIE starring the iconic British actress Sheila Hancock has enjoyed a five + week theatrical release. Rarely does one get a chance to learn from someone who has a movie that has received such acclaim. In addition to the creative side of directing, few are better to explain the commercial side as well. Don’t miss this chance to study with a master.

What will I get?

Using a mix of lecture-style teaching, discussion and personal experience, Simon Hunter will teach you:

Day One

  • The Big Picture – Making a plan for your career as a director
  • Shaking The Blues – Getting the confidence you need
  • Making Short Films – How much? How long? How so?
  • Kit Me Out! – Picking cameras, lens and formats that work for you
  • Thinking Creatively – The idea, and how to inspire others and yourself
  • Thinking Practically – What will sell; What will attract investors; What will people watch
  • The Big Step – Planning your first feature
  • CASH! – How much do you need, where to get it and how to spend it

Day Two

  • Directing –  What you need to know and what you don’t need to know
  • Key Grips…Key Everybody! – Picking the right crew for you
  • Big Names, Small Movie  –  How to get names attached and how to rehearse
  • Lights, Camera …errr…. –  Directing on set and calling the shots!
  • Discipline 007 – Keeping on budget, on time and on schedule.
  • CUT! – How to edit your way to a good movie
  • The Sound Of Music – How to find a composer and how to get a BIG sound
  • Touring The World – Festivals; which ones and how to get your film accepted
  • Secret Agents – How to get represented by a talent agency

What They Are Saying

Boosted my confidence and inspired me to go experiment 🙂 Dobrina Manolova

Wholly brilliant. A refreshingly honest and open discussion on making your first feature with an exceptional level of insight. Ian Wharton

The amount of info I got in such a limited time was impressive. Highly recommending the course and Simon who did a brill job. Thanks very much and I will be back. Cecilia Fazacas

I’m a film student and was starting to panic that, although I have a good grounding in how to make films technically, I had no idea how to start being a filmmaker. After the first day of the course I knew what I needed to do, why I needed to do it and what to expect. After the second I had a clear path in kind as to how I would accomplish this. This course will have hopefully set me on the current path to my first feature film, and I’ll owe kudos to Simon Hunter and raindance! Paul Drew

About the tutor

Simon Hunter has directed over fifty tv commercials and three feature films. His directing debut was the horror movie LIGHTHOUSE in the year 2000 and he went on to direct the visual effects-laden sci-fi movie THE MUTANT CHRONICLES in 2008. Simon’s first feature, Lighthouse, was released theatrically in 2002. Simon subsequently became a much sort after commercials director before returning to features with Edward R Pressman’s Mutant Chronicles in the Summer of 2006. Simon flew to Qatar in 2014 to direct 20 episodes of a Scifi adventure series set in the desert. The filming takes place in Qatar, Jordan and India. In 2017 Simon directed his passion project, EDIE which tells the tale of an older lady who climbs a mountain in Scotland at the age of eighty-three. The film has had an enthusiastic and successful theatrical release in the UK and has sold to multiple territories. Simon lives in the German capital, Berlin. Since 1999 he has regularly lectured for RAINDANCE and other organisations.

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13 reviews for


Building A Film Directing Career Masterclass with Simon Hunter

  1. Petr Vopenka (verified owner)

    Before the course I was only thinking about my next short film. Now I am also thinking about my next feature film :).

  2. Heather Hughes (verified owner)

    This course is so inspirational, it makes you feel inspired enough to think maybe you might just be able make a feature film!

  3. Julie

    Very informative course. Walked away feeling a lot more confident about making films. Added bonus was Simon’s enthusiastic delivery!! Highly recommend!

  4. Jouni Uotinen (verified owner)

    Excellent! Very inspirational and encouraging course. Simon gives a lot of useful information for film career. I was thinking that I will focus awhile in short films now I feel that I am able to do a feature film.

  5. Merlin Goldman

    An enjoyable, enlightening and inspiring weekend delivered with style by Simon.

  6. Humphrey Lau (verified owner)

    A very informative and insightful Masterclass with lots of valuable tips and advise based on Simon extensive experience in filmmaking. Highly recommended for filmmakers and directors alike.

  7. Gert Fobelets (verified owner)

    Very informative! A lot of valuable tips!

  8. Emma Frayne-Ford

    Great masterclass, Simon is a one of a kind. He shares his knowledge and love of independent film making in a very comprehensive way. I would not hesitate to join his Masterclass agin in the future!

  9. Serena

    This was a fantastic class! Both inspiring and practical… Simon is a great teacher and he has the gift to deliver a huge amount of information while also keeping your eyes on what the really essential elements are..

  10. Anthony Hett

    Great masterclass taught by an engaging and insightful tutor. Not cheap but good value for money. It was an entertaining, informative and uplifting weekend, I left feeling very positive.

  11. Sandra M.

    The seminar is second to none and provides a condensed overview of the film-business. I flew in from Munich for this class (my first Raindance experience!) and it was absolutely worth it. The class and the content exceeded my expectation and I enjoyed every minute of the packed 2 days. Thanks to Simon for sharing so many practical tips, for presenting pitfalls and chances an entertaining way despite the tight schedule and for managing our expectations: Keeping us grounded while still inspiring us to go ahead!

  12. Barbara Vonau

    A very inspiring speaker! Simon brakes down how to get started as a director into very manageable chunks with lots of matter of fact and practical details. A lot of positive energy in the room!

  13. Barbara Vonau

    Simon is a very inspiring speaker. Very good introduction on how to become a (better) director with plenty of tips and detailed advice. Practical. A lot of positive energy in the room!

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