Film Criticism & Resilience | Raindance Film School


[NEW] Filmmaker Intensives: How Filmmakers Make Creative Criticism Work 


Next date: Tuesday 22nd June
Duration: 4 x 2 hour sessions 7:00pm – 9:00pm GMT
Address: Online via Zoom
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At a glance

  • Feedback and film criticism are part of working in the arts, so how do you handle them?
  • Staying motivated and positive when faced with negativity
  • Keeping your mind healthy and your heart hopeful…no matter how many setbacks

About the course

Being a creative storyteller is hard enough, but how do you cope when you pour your heart and soul into your work and it gets crushed by critics?

Unfortunately, to create art means to be faced with people’s opinions of your work – whether you ask for it or not. It’s not easy to keep bouncing back, but I’m yet to meet a successful writer, filmmaker or artist who hasn’t faced a number of setbacks in their career. So how do you grow a thick skin while looking after your mental health? How do you keep going, knowing there’s no guarantee of success?

On this How Filmmakers Make Creative Criticism Work course you will learn the importance of feedback, how to handle rejection, resilience and mindset techniques, and how to separate yourself from your art.

What you will learn:

It is impossible to work in the arts and tell stories without getting feedback and film criticism you never asked for. So how do you stay focused, positive and keep bouncing back?

On this course you will learn:

  • The importance of feedback
  • How to deal with criticism
  • Mindset and framing
  • Separating yourself from your art
  • Resilience: How to bounce back
  • Looking after your mental health

Who should attend?

Scriptwriters, of course, but also authors, illustrators, directors, and any other creative person who wants to learn how to deal with rejection and criticism, and strengthen their resilience.

Session 1: Film Feedback: You don’t know it all

Is feedback really necessary? Yes, but only if you use the information correctly. Discover how to ask, who to ask, and how to use it to get better..

  • Why we all need feedback
  • How to ask for it, how to give it & how to use it constructively
  • Finding a critique partner
  • Street teams and focus groups

Session 2: Criticism: it’s not in your control

No one likes being criticised, but the only way to avoid it as a filmmaker is never to release your work to the public. Discover how to survive rejection and negative reviews, and come out stronger as a result.

  • Bracing yourself: Is it worth it?
  • How to handle rejection
  • How to handle negative reviews
  • Online behaviour and brand awareness

Session 3: Resilience: Getting back up again

How many knocks does it take to keep you down? And how do you find the energy to keep going? The only way to get anywhere in this business is to never quit…unless, it’s time. Fnd out how to know the difference.

  • Mindset and framing
  • How to bounce back
  • Staying motivated
  • How to know when to quit

Session 4: Don’t take it personally: How to separate your art from yourself

Great storytelling means putting your own emotions, experiences and passion into your work. But that overexposure can have a negative impact on your health. Discover how to stay sane and centred.

  • Why it’s not about you
  • Protecting your mental health
  • Staying healthy
  • Q&A

About the tutor

N J Simmonds

N J Simmonds is a fiction author, comic book writer and lecturer on self-branding, storytelling and marketing. Natali began her career in marketing working for various agencies in London representing brands such as Nike, Sugar Puffs, Vue cinema and The Savoy. She also spent some time working for Cosmopolitan magazine (among other glossies).

In 2010 she created her own marketing consultancy, Rebel,, guiding and advising businesses and creative individuals in the UK, Spain and the Netherlands on corporate storytelling and branding.

In 2015 she co-founded The Glass House online women’s magazine and in 2017 her first book was published.

Since then Natali regularly lectures on storytelling at schools across Europe, at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and at various business events. To date she has had six books published (including a series under the pen name Caedis Knight), has written a 12-part comic for Big Bang! Manga, sells her artwork online, and is working on more books and her first screenplay.

Natali is also available for private consultations.

Did you know?

  • Raindance members save 20% on this course? You can join online >HERE< and start saving immediately
  • The Raindance Guarantee: If this course fails to meet your expectations, let us know at the break and we will make a full, 100% no-questions-asked refund


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