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2018.01.20


Saturday Film School London

Rated 4.60 out of 5 based on 25 customer ratings
(25 customer reviews)

$197.90 $77.84

Raindance Members get this course for £59.

Next date: Saturday 20th January, 10am – 5pm
Duration:
 One day 10am – 5pm
Address: King’s College, Strand, London WC2R 2LS (nr Waterloo Bridge)

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Welcome to Raindance
Welcome to Saturday Film School
Welcome to disruptive filmmaking

Saturday Film School has launched the careers of hundreds 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

The information-packed Saturday Film School 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!

Stephen Rae

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!

Lorraine Briggs

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 with Elliot Grove

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.

Sharon Coote

11:45 – 1:00pm Making the movie with Elliot Grove

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
  • Choosing a camera
  • Shooting on locations
  • Securing permissions for shooting in public
  • Guerilla filmmaking

The Saturday film school 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!

Deborah Ghayas

1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch

2:00 – 3:45pm So you want to direct? with Patrick Tucker

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 with Elliot Grove

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!)

Ed Greig

 

Enjoyed all of it, but found the director’s segment particularly enlightening.

BJ Holmes

The directing section at Saturday film school by Patrick Tucker was excellent – insightful, funny and definitely left me wanting more.

Wilson KM

I found the Saturday film school 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.

D. Kadra

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.

Jamie Roberts

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!

Star Kennedy
Patrick Tucker

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 24th year of presenting “Film Directing Workshops for Raindance.”

Saturday Film School with Elliot Grove

About Elliot Grove

Few people know more filmmakers and screenwriters in Europe than Raindance founder Elliot Grove. He’s presided over the launch of some of Britain’s most interesting filmmakers. Edgar Wright was his first intern, Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn met at a Raindance course in the mid 1990’s, David Yates (Harry Potter) Christopher Nolan and Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Star Wars) all launched their careers following film training courses at Raindance. Ken Loach and Mike Leigh are patrons.

Elliot founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the  British Independent Film Awards in 1998. He has produced over 700 short films, and 6 feature films. He’s written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of £278.38. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America. He has written three books which have become industry standards: RAINDANCE WRITERS’ LAB: WRITE & SELL THE HOT SCREENPLAY(Focal Press 2008), RAINDANCE PRODUCER’S LAB: LO-TO-NO BUDGET FILMMAKING (Focal Press 2004) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). His first novel THE BANDIT QUEEN is scheduled for publication next year. Open University awarded Elliot an Honourary Doctorate for services to film education in 2009.

Elliot’s Saturday Film School is the most popular film class in Europe, taken by over 15,000 learners since it was launched a few years ago..

His 2014 feature, Deadly Virtues directed by Ate de Jong (Drop Dead Fred) has been released in 8 territories and reached number 12 in the UK.

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2018.01.20


Saturday Film School London

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Seyed Mohammadreza Mofidi

    It was great and motivate! I really enjoyed.

    Raindance did a really good job of giving us a wealth of theory and practical experiences in a short period of time. I’ve got confidence in my abilities and my understanding of what it takes to make something that I feel is meaningful.”

  2. Rated 3 out of 5

    David Newton

    Saturday film school was fun and refreshed a lot of very useful information and new beneficial tips on moving forward with making films

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    James Howard

    Very inspiring and a real taster of a world that always seems out of reach. It started me actually writing a screenplay which was worth it alone.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jil T

    Saturday Film school was great, I didn’t imagine I could learn so much in only one day ! Great overview on film industry and how to get started with your own project. Great mix between practice and theory, I really enjoyed the day!

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    Palesa (verified owner)

    It was very informative. I gained wisdom from hearing about Elliot’s journey into film, and from the practical illustrations of director’s framing, and explanation of the images we see on screen. It taught me how much practical experience I needed before directing my own screenplay. I have since done an introduction to acting for film, and it helped me apply those principles as we also shot the scenes.

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jackie G (verified owner)

    For being merely 7 hours it’s surprising how much information Saturday Film School succeed in squeezing in. It was really motivating, included great content I’ve not seen before as well as several opportunities to network.
    Overall, great introductory course to the industry with a good mix of theory and practise.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    James

    Fantastic!

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Simon

    A great introduction to people wanting to make movies and also get knowledge on the film industry.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rob Tovey

    The Saturday Film Course was a highly motivating and educational day. The speakers were very insightful, encouraging and delivered the content in such a way that people of all experience levels would be able to understand it. There are great opportunities to network and I have recommended it to friends.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christian

    A helpful overview and overall introduction. Would definitely recommend

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Neil Osborn

    Very worthwhile. Enjoyed the positivity and it motivated me to chase my dream of writing a screenplay.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Abby Sethu

    Really incredible day. It was particularly engaging because both Elliot Grove and Patrick Tucker used their own personal experiences to teach us rather than simply providing us with technical information. It was very inspiring hearing from people who are passionate about filmmaking

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nick Pelas (verified owner)

    Highly motivating , well worth it , not an ego on show just genuine contemporaries / peers and professional trainers

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    Cain Aldred

    Great class. Informative and fun. Mixer environment at the Lyceum pub on a Saturday black-Friday weekend evening perhaps a bit intimidating for some as so many people as to be able to move or converse properly.

    Other than that, fantastic.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Felix Kemp (verified owner)

    There’s never been a better time to learn filmmaking, with the resources available online and kit and software cheaper than ever…

    But classes like Saturday Film School – where you hear from real industry professionals like Elliot Grove and Patrick Tucker, and meet likeminded filmmakers who you may strike up a partnership with – remind you that the best place to learn is amongst others on the same journey.

    The class covers a wide variety of filmmaking lessons, from the basics to more technical explanations and insights. Elliot is highly engaging, friendly and seems genuinely invested in inspiring filmmakers to follow their passion, and Patrick was a real character who broke down some of the fundamentals of directing and acting that you might not have ever noticed.

    Highly recommended, good fun and well worth the money.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nick Clague (verified owner)

    Great Inspiring Day! Highly motivational, engaging…. Straight to the point ,bullet points ,to Kick start your creative Film making Journey……

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laura Gregory

    I am a HND student with Raindance at the moment and this is one of the courses I have access to. If you can, please go to this as it is such an insightful seminar and expands your knowledge of film and most importantly gives you motivation to go out and make movies!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joseph Yeo

    Excellent class! If you’ve ever wondered whether you have a future in filmmaking, then this is the one to check out. A real mix of scriptwriting, directing and production and if something clicks, there’s a wide range of courses to springboard to. But even if you don’t, Elliot and Patrick are sure to entertain you with anecdotes and little snippets of behind the scenes secrets, so you’re in for an enjoyable day either way.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Roxy Douro (verified owner)

    Enjoyed every moment of it. So much information packed in. Feeling very inspired and cant wait to get going! Thank so much raindance. I’m excited to join you on your other events! For anyone unsure about going to the Saturday film school, just go you won’t regret it! Highly recommended!

  20. Rated 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I really enjoyed this day! I learned so much and the lecturers were friendly, incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. Really good value considering how much I learned. Felt like going back to Uni for the day but in the best of ways 🙂

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave D

    I rated Saturday Film School a 5, because it seriously surpassed my expectations. I’m new to the realm of film-making and the info delivered over the period of 7 hours was immensely useful, practical, inspiring and motivating.
    Furthermore, it consolidated the fact that filmmaking is the definite direction I want to go in.

    Whether you’re a filmmaker or a beginner, this is TOTALLY worth the money and time!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    kim collison (verified owner)

    What a class, what a resource!

    I heard about Raindance for the first time while attending this years London Film Festival, and after researching for a couple weeks decided to check out the Raindance Saturday Film School. I had no idea what to expect, and walked into class with an open mind. It’s now 4 days after class and I am still smiling and blown away by the wealth of knowledge and experience that Raindance offers.

    This is the perfect starting point for anyone dreaming of making movies. Well worth the minimal cost and time to spend the day learning basic filmmaking concepts from these pros.
    Elliot and Patrick shared stories, tips and down & dirty practical info on the industry, highlighting the inner workings of writing, producing, directing and making films. Elliot immediately created an engaging and interactive environment, allowing students to experiment and absorb basic concepts throughout the day. It’s clear that both Elliot and Patrick have a passion and talent for teaching and developing future filmmakers. Students quickly relaxed and connected over filmmaking discussions, and by the end of the day we had made new friends and found future collaborators.

    The structure of the class and training materials are well organized, easy to follow and accessible for use later on. Raindance supplies a wealth of information and support to students after attending the class. I’ve been exploring the Raindance member website and using valuable info found there to further develop my projects.

    I walked out of the class better informed and prepared to make films, and am fully convinced that Raindance classes would be playing a part in my filmmaking journey. 4 days out of class, a weekend of filming in the books, and I’ve got a solid business plan, timeline and structure in place to make my film dreams into reality.
    For anyone looking to learn about the many aspects of film making in a rapidly changing world, Raindance Saturday Film School is the place to start! Highly recommend!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rhiannon Monks (verified owner)

    It’s rare to receive so much value from a one day course, however it’s clear Elliot and the Raindance team care deeply about the quality of course information and the ambition to help aspiring film makers break in to the industry or develop their craft. The inside tips and tricks, gleaned from Elliot and Patrick’s years of experience in film making is the type of information that I believe can save years of wasted effort, and many mistakes for a beginner. I’ve already booked my next course!

  24. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sara El J

    I got out of it exactly what I wanted. In essence I wanted to feel motivated, and be put in a room with people that are reaching for the same thing. Big bonus, from time to time at Raindance you meet a very interesting person with whom you could collaborate. And it happened, it’s a great way to spend a day if you want to stay motivated, get your creativity on, meet fellow filmmakers or even find where you fit in to all this 🙂

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stuart Scott

    The Raindance Saturday Film School was an inspiring and informative day. Elliott Groves anecdote filled insights focused on the idea that you don’t need a big budget and film school education to make a film. You just need passion and whatever kit you have to hand. This pragmatic advice was complimented by practical film directing demos by Patrick Tucker that had me in stitches and left me analysing everything I’ve watched since. Following this course I feel inspired to stop thinking about film making and start doing. This was a brilliant introduction to the Raindance community and I’m confident that once I do have a project in mind they will be on hand to offer support and guidance.

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