Career Surgery For Emerging Filmmakers

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The Career Surgery is free to Members & Non-Members.
Next Date: Saturday 8th August, 16:00 – 17:00 UK time



Are you wondering what your next career steps are as a filmmaker? While we are on lockdown, this is a good time to sit down, reflect, and plan ahead -and Raindance is here to help. Join the Career Surgery for Emerging Filmmakers with Raindance founder Elliot Grove to discuss your setbacks, milestones, as well as your aspirations, and we’ll do our best to help you plan.

What you will learn

  • How to go beyond craft and navigate a career in the filmmaking industry,
  • How to think strategically for your projects, yourself and your brand,
  • How to turn your broad aspirations into precise plans.

Who should attend

Any filmmaker with some experience and big aspirations is welcome to join the Career Surgery. If you’re currently on lockdown, take this opportunity to reflect on your next steps and join us for a brainstorming session.

About the experts

Elliot Grove is the founder of Raindance (1992) and the British Independent Film Awards (1998). He has produced over 700 hundred short films and five feature films: the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead (2006), Deadly Virtues (2013), AMBER (2017), Love is Thicker Than Water (2018) and the SWSX Grand Jury Prize winner Alice (2019). He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America. He was awarded an honorary PhD in 2009 by Open University for services to education.

Rick Harvey is Programme Director of the Raindance Postgraduate Degree. He is a Cambridge-based screenwriter, story design consultant, lecturer and mentor. He has storylined for ‘Family Affairs’, developed projects for Hewland International and Frenzy Films, written a slate of short films and spec features, mentored on First Light, Media Box and BFI projects and written and developed feature screenplays for EON Productions. He lectures regularly on various aspects of the writing process. Rick is currently adapting one of his screenplays, Shadowplay, into a six-part serial for TV, and writing and developing a web-based Thriller, Heretic[s].

Baptiste Charles is a programmer for the Raindance Film Festival, and programme registrar of Raindance’s MA in Filmmaking. He is a writer for stage and screen, including the forthcoming U Up?, currently in pre-production. He is the producer of the award-winning short film Alder and the hit web-series NETFL!X AND KILL.

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Career Surgery For Emerging Filmmakers

  1. BEATRICE COLBRANT (verified owner)

    These lockdown sessions are so interesting and contrary to Champagne it is not unreasonable to go for them without moderation. This time I found myself a bit cheeky to attend a “film career surgery” considering that I do not have the least experience of any sort in the filmmaking industry apart from what has been enthusiastically reported to me by a few gay friends and which consequently I know by hearsay only. By contrast most of the participants could show promising debuts of some sort, whether in writing, acting, directing or producing, and to each and everyone of them precise advice and encouragements were kindly offered by Elliot Grove, the founder of Raindance, in charge of the seminar. No one was laughed at or discouraged not even those who, like me, dream of finding enough francophile debutantes of both sexes in London to make some sort of Nouvelle Vague Post Covid masterpiece in French. Not necessarily “Je t’aime moi non plus London” or “Vive le Quebec libre” though. It was so interesting to exchange with other participants as some of them were able to leave a day job for filmmaking whilst some others managed to lead a sort of double professional life at least for some time just like this American whom I met in Paris who was a dentist during the day and at night played a cowboy in “Oklahoma” in a Parisian theatre. I always wondered whether he drilled his clients’ teeth at the sound of Rodgers and Hammersteins’ song as a sort of dental ambiance and rehearsal for the evening performance. Others would be members of the Paris Bar during the day and Marlene Dietrich at night. What is fantastic about Raindance is that it makes you feel that everything is possible like shooting a remake of Antonioni’s “L’avventura” on the moon. Or in Normandie. A great feeling.

  2. Femme Regard (verified owner)

    It was like receiving one-on-one coaching in a group setting. You got to hear other people’s stories, what challenges they’re facing and what they’ve done so far to succeed, matched with Elliot’s advice and resources. Great networking tool as well, I’ve already connected with some other members!

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