Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking with Elliot Grove in Toronto

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There’s never been a better time to make a movie

Some say it’s a terrible time to make movies. I hasten to disagree. Making movies using the old technology and the old business plan no longer works. If you understand how the industry now works, you can make a feature film, profitably. Is money an issue? Learn how to make your film with lo to no budget filmmaking techniques.

Show me the money!

All day every day I hear the same complaint: “But you need a million plus to make a movie these days. And money everywhere is tight.”

Oh, no you don’t. And, oh no, it isn’t!

New technology means it’s never been cheaper to make a movie — if you know the insider tips and secrets that will allow you to maximize your budget and put value for money on the screen.

The money is there for the asking. The trick is to know how to ask, how much, and what for. If you need proof that low-budget filmmaking is profitable, consider the success of 2011’s Insidious, the year’s most profitable film.

Over 15,000 film students and filmmakers have taken this course worldwide since 1993.

I attended the Lo To No Budget Filmmaking course with Elliot Grove this weekend and would like to thank him and Raindance. I came away feeling as though I had been in the trenches learning from the Guru. I’m proud to say that Elliot has given me the great foundation of information to draw on.
Sharleen Tutton

At Raindance and Stage32 we make filmmakers

If you expect to learn filmmaking, this is the wrong course for you. We recommend that you attend an institution where academics will lecture you. This course is constantly updated featuring the latest developments in production and distribution.

If on the other hand you want to learn how to become a filmmaker, how to kick start your career, then this Raindance course is for you. At Raindance & Stage32 we make filmmakers.

Want to make a movie and don’t know where to start?

This intensive weekend seminar shows you how to shoot a 35mm or HD colour quality feature film, ninety minutes long with a Dolby stereo soundtrack for as little as $10,000. We did it at Raindance. We made the 35mm feature film Table 5 for just £278.38.

Share our first-hand experience in making movies that look great on a minimal budget.

All formats, including film and even mobile phones, are discussed

Elliot Grove has developed a clear process that will assist you in producing, directing and selling your first feature film. This is the step-by-step method which launches successful careers. Movies like Pi, The Blair Witch Project, Chuck and Buck, Clerks and El Mariachi were all made using the principles that are demonstrated through lecture and video clips on this course.

The writers, directors or producers of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Waking Ned, Sliding Doors, Shaun of the Dead, Slumdog Millionaire and Memento have all attended this intensive seminar before making their first films. You can too.

About the Course

If you don’t learn enough low-budget tips to cover the cost of this course by lunch time on the first day, we’ll refund you the difference.

This course is part lecture and part group discussion.

Day 1: Lo to No Budget Filmmaking: Make The Movie

Learn a step-by-step process using proven cost-effective, lo to no budget filmmaking techniques by considering the best and most efficient ways to produce, direct, shoot and edit a saleable feature film.

  • Pre-Production: getting organized for an efficient shoot
  • Budgets from $500 to $1,000,000 are discussed in detail
  • Proven low-budget shortcuts and faking a million dollar budget
  • Using sound and music to enhance production values
  • Getting professional actors
  • The essentials of the art and craft of film directing
  • More than fifty low-budget shooting tips
  • Avoiding the three big filmmaking mistakes

Day 2: Lo to No Budget Filmmaking: Sell The Movie

Discover the secrets and real facts behind marketing, selling and distributing your finished film throughout the world and the pre-planning you need to turn your movie into this year’s cult classic, and yourself into a hot filmmaker.

NEW: Self distribution and the internet explained for filmmakers.

[NEW] Stage 32’s very own Founder & CEO, Richard “RB” Botto, will join Elliot and be broadcast to the class from Hollywood!

  • The movie game: presenting your first project to investors.
  • Distribution and marketing
  • Publicity: the essential ingredient to selling your film
  • PR kit: creating an effective package
  • Film buyers and film markets
  • Plotting the film festival route
  • Film financing: executing a strategy for a $50,000 – $3,000,000 budget
  • Honing a workable pitch for your film.
  • The distribution deal

The honesty of what a film maker is up against! It was a wake up call! I would love to be able to make a 35mm motion picture but realise that while I still have a lot to learn I feel I’m learning faster than before. I need to make more short films however I will get there in the end!
Geraint Sweeney

It’s impossible to pick out any one single aspect of the course for special mention – the whole thing was excellent from start to finish. Elliot should be bottled and made available as a tonic for everyone involved in film!!! Brilliant and inspirational.

Andy North

Elliot’s infectious thirst for the filmmaking process and all that entails. I feel more inspired to make a film than I have done in the last few years.

Carl Appletree

The Lo To No Budget Filmmaking class was presented in a structured, but relaxed and friendly manor. I left with a clear understanding of how to ascertain a required budget, arrange the financing and shoot a film, as well as how to take that film and move forward with gaining a distribution deal. I found the positive “you can do it” attitude of the tutor throughout the two days quashed any hesitations I had regarding entering into the movie industry.

John Merrick

Hi Elliot,
It’s Simon from the (online) Lo-To-No course this weekend just gone – thank you so much for such a fantastic weekend! To say I learned a lot would be an understatement, I feel like I have gone from a total novice to well-versed in the intricacies of filmmaking. I had no idea so much went into producing movies! Your expertise and knowledge was invaluable, thank you very much! Now all that’s left is for me to crack on with writing my movie, I already have an outline but now that I know that I could actually make it into a movie with the right funding, I’m raring to go!
Kind regards,

Here’s a taste of Elliot in action talking about screenwriting for low budget films:

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Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking with Elliot Grove in Toronto

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Miles S. Crossman

    A very helpful and informative course that helped the team and myself forge ahead into a feature production this summer. Mr. Grove provides entertaining and informative stories which prove that a little gumption and getup and go wins the day every time!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    The class was fantastic. I took this as part of the producer’s certificate and learned a lot. I’m currently using what I learned to develop my first feature film.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rasanga Weerasinghe

    INSPIRING! INSIGHTFUL!! Elliot’s class really takes you through the mindset of being a guerrilla filmmaker and how to be resourceful and strategic with your production. Being a guerrilla filmmaker myself who has made a number of docs and a feature, I still was able to gather a ton of insights that I didn’t know otherwise. Highly recommended if you are in your early career and trying to figure out how to take that next step as a filmmaker.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Susie Moloney (verified owner)

    I absolutely loved this course! It’s a quick and dirty, slam dunk of a primer on making a film on a small budget. If you’re just getting started on your own, you’re going to learn a little bit about everything–I walked away inspired to get moving and feeling a whole lot less lost! Thanks to Raindance, highly recommend!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    gaudreault.adam (verified owner)

    Absolutely worthwhile.

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