A Summer School with a Difference: Film Making for Young Directors


Next date: Monday 16th – Sunday 29th July 2018 
11 Days – Residential.
Call 0207 930 3412 for non-residential rates and places.
Address: Raindance Film Centre, 10a Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE



Welcome from ICON and Raindance

ICON has delivered many successful summer programmes for seven years. This year, ICON is delighted to collaborate with Raindance to offer students an opportunity to have 2 weeks of fun, learning and cultural activities in UK.

Summer workshops will be led by Raindance, an independent film festival and film school that operates throughout major cities including: London, Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin and Brussels. Students will stay in a safe environment at UCL Residence Hall. Learning activities and practical workshops will be held at both UCL and in Raindance studios in in central London.

This 2-week course promises to be full of fun, practical and hands on.

By the end of the programme, students will:

⁃ develop knowledge in scripts and characters
⁃ acquire skills to use camera, lighting, directing actors
⁃ practise using special effects (prosthetic make up, fake blood and wounds)
⁃ develop understanding of set design
⁃ develop appreciation of movie business
⁃ produce two short films
⁃ work with others in a team
⁃ learn to lead and support leaders
⁃ improve their English language skills and cultural appreciation
⁃ increase their awareness of films as career path
⁃ be awarded with Certificate of Achievement from the renown Raindance Film school
Additionally, students will have unique experience of not just visiting but also using these landmark locations in their filming projects:
⁃ Westminster circle
⁃ London Eye
⁃ Warner Brothers Studio, Leavesdon (where Harry Porter was made and English language lessons)
⁃ Oxford, Cambridge, Windsor Castle and more

A Summer Course with a Difference: Timetable COMING SOON

Why you should attend

⁃ Experience a unique experience of summer course with a difference. Film making is fun and useful
⁃ Learn English language in a different way
⁃ Return home with new skills to show off (2 films that you yourself produce)
⁃ Enjoy using special effects (fake blood, wound) and prosthetic make up and use them later at school or family events
⁃ See, hear and sense London and England in a totally unique way
⁃ Learn from the experts: Raindance Film School is known to famous actors, directors and producers

Why should parents choose this Summer Course
⁃ Film making is useful skills. Skills that your child learn can be used anywhere, not just for later, but immediately
⁃ Let your child learns English in a different way: Learning by doing is effective and memorable
⁃ Unique programme that blends learning new skills, English and sightseeing
⁃ Value for money: This is a programme that is full of content, taught and delivered by an experienced film school and education company

About Raindance Film School

Raindance was established in 1992 by Elliot Grove, a film producer, and the founder of Raindance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards.

Many talents in theatre and films have been touched by Raindance. As a school, Raindance has offered cutting-edge film courses in writing, directing, producing and Virtual Reality, from Foundation to masters level. All Raindance tutors are working industry professionals. Their courses combine the best of traditional filmmaking with the newest and most cutting technology. Raindance’s first intern was Edgar Wright. Christopher Nolan, one of the highest-grossing directors in history, and producer of Inception, The Dark Knight, among others, has touched Raindance while making his first films.

Other famous names with association with Raindance include:

⁃ Guy Ritchie, an English filmmaker known for his crime films, well-known to Hollywood, Europe and worldwide markets (GR was previously married to Madonna): The Aladdin; Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Sherlock Holmes and The Man from U.N.C.L.E

⁃ Jeremy Irons, a British actor in many Hollywood and British films including (Batman vs Superman, 2016), Assassin’s Creed, The Man in the Iron Mask with Leonardo Di Caprio.

⁃ JK Simmons, an American actor in many TV series and Hollywood films including Law & Order, The West Wing, La La Land, Kung Fu Panda 3, Spider Man 2, The Snowman, The First Wives Club, Justice League
⁃ Josh Hartnett, an American actor and producer who has appeared in many magazine covers (GQ, Vanity Fair, Vogue) as well as in films: Sin City, The Lovers, Stuck Between Stations, Pearl Harbour

About Elliot Grove

Elliot Grove is a Canadian-born, London-based film producer who founded both the Raindance Film Festival 24 years ago and the British Independent Film Awards. He has produced over hundreds of short films and also five feature films, including the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead in 2006. He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America. Movies: Deadly Virtues Love, Honour, Obey.

Elliot Grove has developed a simple, practical introduction to the art, craft and mechanics of screenwriting and filmmaking. As a script consultant, and having produced or exec produced 5 features and over 700 short films over 25 years, he has a key understanding of the concepts, theories and tools that will make your screenplay or film exceptional.

Elliot has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writers’ Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay, now in its second edition (Focal Press 2008), Raindance Producers’ Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking (Focal Press 2013) and 130 Projects to Get You Into Filmmaking (Barrons 2009).

In 2009 he was awarded a PhD for services to film education.

Photos of Raindance events

Photos of EG with famous people not mentioned above

Raindance doesn’t teach filmmaking. Raindance makes filmmakers.

What they are saying about Raindance

“Raindance does an indispensable job supporting independent film and provides a distinctive voice in world cinema” Paul Greengrass, an English film director, film producer, screenwriter and former journalist. His famous films include Jason Bourne film franchise with Matt Damon, and a BAFTA award winner.

“Raindance continues to inspire and encourage. A natural force in independent filmmaking and long may it ‘rain’” Alan Rickman, Actor in Die Hard, Harry Porter, Alice in Wonderland, Romeo and Juliet.

“Raindance has done a very useful and very good job in promoting independent British cinema.” Ken Loach, an English director of television and independent film. He is known for his socially critical directing style and for his socialist ideals, which are evident in his film treatment.

Optional: Week 3 (UK Tour)
⁃ Edinburgh
⁃ York
⁃ Lake District


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