Fast Track for Writers, Producers & Directors

(2 customer reviews)


Duration: 10 Monday evenings from 27th January 2020
Address: Raindance Film Centre, 10a Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE
10% early bird discount on this course until 27th December



Combine the best of Raindance training with mentorship and tutorials on the Raindance Fast Track. We will provide one-on-ones with some of the brightest and best filmmakers working today so you can get your script written, plan your movie, and source funding.

Raindance Fast Track combines the best of industry context, professional mentoring and flexibility. Fast Track is designed to assist you in getting your project up and running, be it a script or movie.

Pay £500 to secure your place HERE

 What they are saying

If you are stuck with an existing project or want to develop an idea this course will give you direction and  invaluable feedback from fellow students.  Just make sure you commit to the time or you will kick yourself. My short was an idea. After the course and hard hitting feedback I am now filming it and I only wanted to write a good script!  Fast track = confidence to go and do it.
Claire Stevens, Writer/Director, Fast Track Jan 2014

Here’s how it works:

1. All Participants receive:

  • Access to our weekly filmmaking and screenwriting group (10 sessions) – an initiative designed to get facilitated and peer feedback on your project.
  • Up to twenty one-on-one half hour tutorials with a filmmaking professional, who will act as your personal mentor.
  • 1 year Raindance Premium Membership : includes free access to Boozin’ N’ Schmoozin’ open networking events.
  • Your choice of 5 open classes in writing, producing and directing included as part of the course (Masterclasses available at 50% discount for 6 months)
  • Free pass to the upcoming 2020 Raindance Film Festival

2. Decide what you want to do

The Raindance Fast Track programme is yours to shape.
Are you a writer? A producer? A film director?

At the fast track you could:

  • Write a feature film screenplay
  • Produce a short film
  • Write a Teleplay
  • Create and launch a Web Series
  • Make a Documentary

Make a plan of attack:

You decide with your industry tutor what producing/writing/directing project you would like to undertake. The tutor will advise and assist you in developing a strategy to enable you to realise your dream.

I just wanted to say thanks so much for the support you have offered me this year. Talking to you and getting involved in Raindance Fast Track gave me the big creative push I needed to get cracking on my directing career.
The shoot went very well and the first edit looks really good so I am thrilled. Still a bit of work to do, but I am now in the process of getting the next script together and working with Mark to flesh this one out a bit more.
I wish you all the very best for the new year and look forward to learning and making more films.
Thanks again,
Hilary Manning

3. Your Choice of 5 Raindance Open Classes FREE

Raindance offers a wide range of evening and weekend courses designed to get the best information to you in the shortest space of time.

During six months from the start of the Raindance Fast Track you can book your choice of 5 Raindance Open Classes. Choose from our classes in writing, directing and producing that will help you with your career and your project. Masterclasses are available at 50% discount. Browse upcoming courses here.

4. Be Speedy.

We only have 8 places available for this competitive programme. If this sounds like the opportunity for you then don’t delay your application.

*** Register Here

Email: courses@raindance.co.uk for a free personal information session

Pay £500 to secure your place HERE

5. Getting your film out there

At Raindance, we aim to provide as many networking events as we can. We try to remain in contact with those who have passed through our doors. With a finished script or project, the next step is to develop a cohesive marketing strategy.

The Raindance Team is always available at your disposal:

  • Telephone hotline
  • Email support
  • Pitching workshops
  • One sheet and other marketing materials
  • Consideration for Raindance Raw Talent

Our Mentors include:

David Worth

Majoring in Motion Pictures at UCLA, David gained both theory and practice in the Art and Craft of Cinematography, Directing and Editing as well as studying every film available, from D.W. Griffiths’ INTOLERANCE to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001.

Gaining the reputation of being a Cinematographer who delivered a quality look on a modest budget, earned David the attention of Clint Eastwood.  “My colleagues have said, that spending a year as Clint’s DP, was like having a PhD in practical filmmaking experience…  We had an excellent rapport from day one, since we both adored the films of John Ford and detested the thought of wasting any time or money…” Their first feature BRONCO BILLY, wrapped two and a half weeks under schedule, largely due to David’s lighting techniques, which saved the production over a million dollars. It also became one of the most critically acclaimed Clint Eastwood films ever. While their next feature ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN, received the Academy of Country Music Award as Picture of the Year, and became one of the top grossing films of the decade for Warner Brothers.

David admits to being “at the right place at the right time” to be both the Director of Photography on BLOODSPORT, then the Director on KICKBOXER. Both films combined cost under 5 million dollars to produce, still they racked up astounding grosses worldwide, became Martial Arts Classics, and launched the career of Jean-Claude Van Damme.

D.W. transitioned into Academia over ten years ago and has taught Filmmaking at Chapman University, USC, Chapman Singapore, and UCLA. He has also taught both Onsite and Online at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco…  His three textbooks including, MILESTONES IN CINEMA, 50 Visionary Films & Filmmakers are all available at www.amazon.com.

Stéphanie Joalland

Originally from France, Stéphanie holds a Masters in Business from Audencia Nantes. She began her career in story development at TF1 International and Canal Plus, worked as a story editor on TF1 animated series such as Emmy-nominated Pet Aliens, wrote live-action TV scripts, created a Sci-Fi animated series for Luc Besson’s Europa Corp for Canal Plus: Valerian & Laureline based on the comics.

After directing short films in France she moved to Los Angeles to study filmmaking at UCLA, graduated in 2008 then set up a UK-based production company Frenzy Films with fellow UCLA alumnus Sean McConville. In 2014 she wrote, directed and produced her first feature The Quiet Hour starring Dakota Blue Richards and Karl Davies which premiered at Galway Film Fleadh, was nominated for Best British Film at Raindance, Best International Film at Sofia Film Festival, won Best Feature at Kansas City Filmfest, showcased at Newport Beach, premiered on Sky Cinema in the UK, and sold to multiple territories including the U.S.

She’s currently pre-producing Sean McConville’s upcoming thriller The Last Moon to be filmed spring 2018 while also developing her sophomore film, Ice, a contained science-driven sci-f thriller.

Stéphanie’s an alumna of Berlinale Talents and IFP Emerging Narrative in NYC. She works as an advisor and mentor on the Raindance MA Film Program in association with Staffordshire University in England.

Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter

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. You can find EDIE cinema tickets here, Simon lives in the German capital, Berlin. Since 1999 he has regularly lectured for RAINDANCE and other organisations.

Col Spector

Documentary Consultant

Col Spector is an award-winning director who began his career producing and directing documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. These include Just Enough DistanceThe Lost SupperThe Real Alan Clark, and Trouble At The House.

He then went on to write and direct the short comedy drama New Year’s Eve (starring Stephen Mangan & Keira Knightley) before making his feature debut with the low-budget unromantic comedy Someone Else (starring Stephen Mangan & Susan Lynch) which was distributed by Soda Pictures in the UK and the IFC/Sundance Channel in the US. His second feature, the relationship comedy Honeymooner (starring Gerard Kearns) was also distributed in the UK by Soda Pictures and recently broadcast on BBC1. He is currently in pre-production on a new dramedy feature.

Col teaches the popular Documentary Foundation Certificate at Raindance, and runs a bespoke documentary consultancy service, The Documentary Consultant, for professional and non-professional documentary-makers.

Our Course Tutors are:

Justin Shevlin

Justin Shevlin originally trained as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art (now Central School of Speech and Drama) and upon graduation joined the Royal Shakespeare Company under the Artistic Directorship of Adrian Noble. Justin is a freelance filmmaker and has directed viral adverts, music videos and corporate films for the advertising agency Blueprint-London. He’s been teaching the Raindance HND courses since last year.

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas has been teaching and developing film directing courses for film directing with Raindance since 2000, with a strong emphasis on storytelling and communications skills. Chris learnt his key skills from acting and directing in the theatre where the focus was always on using limited resources and engaging the audience’s imagination; it was a natural shift for him into filmmaking. As a teacher, Chris prioritises clear communication and encourages his students to harness their individual talents through the methods he demonstrates. He first and foremost believes learning is a two-way process, and as a filmmaker, it never ends. Recently, Chris has shot the teaser trailer for the psychological thriller, Dead of Winter and also the short film Emma’s Last Date. He is currently in development with his dark comedy feature script, The Devil You Don’t.

What they’re saying

Chris’s enthusiastic personality and his pearls of wisdom such as “you don’t see with your eyes… they’re just there to filter information to the brain”. Chris has an engaging, highly enthusiastic personality and I was quickly drawn in to his vast skillful knowledge of film production. Steve Grimes

Want more in-depth training?

Several Fast Track students have gone on to join the Raindance Postgraduate Film Degree programme. Should you wish to formalise your experience, the work you complete can qualify as coursework for the comprehensive Raindance Postgraduate Film Degree. You’ll be assigned a personal tutor who will structure your written work. You will also be invited to work in small collaborative groups.

Current postgraduate students producing projects include:

  • A documentary on cage fighters
  • A low-budget arthouse thriller
  • A horror script
  • A web series
  • A short film
  • A VR project
  • Analysis of crowdfunding for filmmakers

To speak about Fast Track with the Raindance Courses Director, please call 0207 930 3412 or email courses@raindance.co.uk

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2 reviews for


Fast Track for Writers, Producers & Directors

  1. Louise Mendonca

    A huge thank you to the whole team for having the Fasttrack class on your ever-growing list of hugely helpful courses on the Raindance slate.

    It far surpassed my expectations (which were high!) with the combination of brilliant courses to enrol on including the ability to join live remotely via the internet (important for those of us who don’t live in London!), the 12-week screenwriting/project discussion group and the fantastic mentoring scheme, too.

    The whole package gave such a comprehensive understanding and training of filmmaking in a side of the industry which isn’t often very transparent in terms of working practices and how to (and how not to) get things done.

    A great opportunity, too, to meet like-minded people – some of whom I have worked with since. Well worth the investment – thank you once again!

  2. Bill Friend

    It’s simply the best value for money course I have ever known. I was blown away by the careful attention of the tutors and mentors. The open classes on the weekends are also exceptional. I’m now working on making the short film – the script of which I wrote on this course.

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