Saturday Film School is Europe’s Most Popular Filmmaking Course
This is the film school course that has launched the careers of British independent filmmakers. The techniques and tools described in this information packed day are the ones used by filmmakers like Edgar Wright and Christopher Nolan. It has been taken by over 15,000 filmmakers and screenwriters worldwide.
About the Course
This information-packed day will give you the tools you need to establish yourself as a screenwriter, director, producer or filmmaker. Divided into 4 parts, this course starts at the very beginning with Writing the Screenplay before explaining the processes, tools and jobs of actually Making the Movie for whatever budget you can achieve.
After lunch, veteran screen and stage director Patrick Tucker takes the stage to ask So You Want To Direct? His entertaining and revealing session will uncover some of the secrets behind framing and directing actors, followed by Raindance founder Elliot Grove explaining how to Break Into the Film Industry, touching on CVs, pitching, negotiating and personal branding.
The speakers were amazing. They know their stuff and because of this they immediately put you at ease. The course was fun, engaging and informative. I learnt something new every minute, I just couldn’t get enough! If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than Raindance. It’s the gift from the Gods!
Who is it for?
The Saturday Film School is the ideal class for anyone wanting to get to know the film industry, whether they have previous experience or not. Taken by thousands of students around the world, it’s Europe’s most popular filmmaking class. At our classes we regularly see:
- Passionate young newcomers looking to break into the film industry
- Interested fans coming to see what it’s all about
- Independent filmmakers seeking inspiration and clarification
- Film Industry professionals looking for a new direction
- Other industry professionals hoping for a new career!
- This event is aimed at adult audience. Under 16s must be accompanied by paying adults
The relaxed atmosphere and the welcome from the tutors. It was a very encouraging and inspiring day with lots of helpful hints and tips and I did not want to leave at all!
What will I get?
Every attendant is provided with a 16-page handout containing filmmaking tips, tricks, resources and more. The day after each participant will receive a followup email with additional links to valuable information about movies and filmmaking.
10:00 – 11:30am Writing The Screenplay
Have you ever had an idea for a movie?
Let Elliot Grove help you get that idea onto the page by explaining to you the basic principles of writing screenplays, and demonstrating the powerful storytelling tools used by the professionals.
- Finding an idea
- Creating memorable characters
- Playing with story structure
- Copyright and legal basics
- How movies are bought and sold
Elliot Grove. The fact that he presented the course himself and didn’t send his deputy. I like his non-nonsense, myth-breaking approach, and his geniune encouragement for new filmakers to just get in there and just do it.
11:45 – 1:00pm Making the movie
Making movies is not complicated. It is hard work.
We tell you how movies are produced and will give dozens of shooting tips that will save you money and make it easier to get your movie made.
- Creating a budget
- Chosing a camera
- Shooting on locations
- Securing permissions for shooting in public
- Guerilla filmmaking
The course was practical, engaging, honest and encouraging. Conveyed with openness and a nice sprinkling of humour. Speakers interacted well with the audience, providing a clear emphasis on collaboration and utilization of skills within the room. I’d say it was the perfect intro. I’ll be back… and better than before!
1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00 – 3:45pm So you want to direct?
Why is it that everyone want to direct, but no one ever takes the time to learn how?
Our tutor Patrick Tucker is a veteran of the British film industry and will outline the principle basics of directing, and how to get the actors and crew to do what you want.
- Basics of film directing
- Crossing the line
- Camera placement and why it is important
- Communicating with your cast and crew
4:00 – 5:00pm Breaking Into the film industry
If you would like paid work in the film industry, this is the session for you. Elliot’s back and teaches how to prepare yourself for work as a writer, producer, director, technician, editor or art director.
- Showreels and CVs explained
- Choosing your field
- Marketing and promoting yourself
- Negotiating pay and what you can expect to earn
5 – 7 Networking drinks
We retire to a nearby bar for networking drinks.
[This event has become very popular – bring lots of business cards and find a collaborator]
But don’t just take our word for it…
I came to your Saturday film course last year and left hugely inspired. I made one film that day and wanted to make more. I also wanted to propose to my girlfriend and because you’d shown me what was possible on lo-to-no budget I decided to do it through the medium of film. I shot a retelling of the way we met (Though with the genders reversed and set in Brixton and not St Petersburg), called Jung Love, using actors that Natasha didn’t know and then screened it at the Ritzy in Brixton, telling her that it was part of a short film festival. This is what happened: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oyt00evOc-s
Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for the course, which far, far exceeded my expectations and for inspiring me to pursue my ambition to make a film (The first of many!)
Enjoyed all of it, but found the director’s segment particularly enlightening.
The directing section by Patrick Tucker was excellent – insightful, funny and definitely left me wanting more.
I found the course very useful in what I learned. It taught me things which I haven’t been able to learn from books, or at university. It was great to hear from the professionals themselves and be able glimpse into the insights of what really makes a great director, producer, scriptwriter, etc. It was also a very inspiring course! It reminded me of why I chose to go into film in the first place.
I thought the execution of all lectures were fantastic and the lectures themselves were informative, engaging and most of all fun. Even as a taster session, you are made to feel like part of the Raindance family and I fully intend to accept the invite. Overall I thought it was great and I have recommended to a few friends already.
This gave me goose-bumps all over. Twice! A brilliant example of low-to-no budget film-making as taught at Raindance. I did their Saturday Film School course yesterday and, as usual, it was fantastic. Elliot Grove was inspirational and encouraging and Patrick Tucker ( a brilliant director and author of ‘Secrets of Screen Acting’) entertained and inspired us by sharing and demonstrating many tricks and ‘cheats’ of his trade.
Now it’s time to make a movie or two!
About Patrick Tucker
Patrick Tucker is an internationally acclaimed stage and screen director with over 150 screen drama credits (including one feature film), over 100 stage credits and the founder of the innovative Original Shakespeare Company. He is the author of seven books, including the award-winning Secrets of Screen Acting (now in its 2nd edition) and The Actor’s Survival Handbook, and is into his 18th year of presenting “Workshops for Raindance.”
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