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The Lockdown Sessions: Going From Short to Feature… and Back Again

(5 customer reviews)


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At a glance

  • Welcome to Raindance Lockdown Sessions
  • Enjoy professional film education wherever you are
  • An hour of short sharp advice from a leading professional
Making short films is the best calling card to make feature films. Through a singular path in the film industry, Richard Raymond has worked his way up in the film industry after starting with a work experience at Pinewood Studios. With three feature films and four short films under his belt, in various capacities as writer, director, and producer, he has learned to steer projects through financing, working internationally, and working with diverse cast and crew.

In this session, you will learn how to develop your short and feature projects, and how to utilise them to your advantage.

Who it’s for

Filmmakers of all stripes!

What you’ll learn

– How to juggle making short and feature films.
– How to raise funding
– How to collaborate with producers, cast and crew
– How to navigate making shorts and features in your career
– How to harness your creativity in lockdown, and how to express what you want to say

About the Tutor

Richard Raymond is an award-winning British film director, who first started his career as a teenager at Pinewood Film Studios, working for filmmakers such as Lord Richard Attenborough and Neil Jordan.  His 2019 short film, “A Million Eyes” starring Joe Morton and Katie Lowes was selected at 10 Academy Qualifying Film Festivals and has won a variety of awards and was long-listed for the 2020 Oscars and has garnered wide critical praise.
Richard’s 2018 short film, “Souls of Totality” starring Emmy Award-winning actress Tatiana Maslany, contains a single-take sequence filmed during a real solar eclipse, a first in cinema history. The film was selected at 16 Academy Award Qualifying Film Festivals and won the Best Short Film of the Festival at Raindance.
In 2015 Richard marked his debut as a director with the indie feature “Desert Dancer”, starring Frieda Pinto and based on the true story of the Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian. In 2014 Richard shadow-directed an episode of “Homeland – season 4”. In 2009 Richard produced the British indie “Heartless”, starring Jim Sturgess, Eddie Marsan and Timothy Spall. The film was released by Lions Gate in the UK and IFC in the USA.


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5 reviews for The Lockdown Sessions: Going From Short to Feature… and Back Again

  1. Ana Ramos (verified owner)

    An excellent masterclass covering most angles of film-directing.
    As well as exploring when to consider to make a short or a feature, Richard emphasizes on the importance of having a ‘ nose for the business’, especially at the film developing stage and gives fantastic strategies.

  2. James Skinner

    Very interesting and inspiring masterclass, thank you!

  3. James Skinner (verified owner)

    Very interesting and inspiring masterclass, thank you!

  4. Cian O’Leary (verified owner)

    Great session. Really inspiring.

  5. Cat McKiernan (verified owner)

    What an inspiring session. Real, down to earth experiences shared in a humourous and encouraging manner. 100% enjoyed and feeling inspired

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