The Lockdown Sessions: No Budget Filmmaking

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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
  • Ask questions and get instant response

So you want to make a movie? Our guess is you really don’t know where to start. And here’s the dirty little secret – you don’t need money to make a film. The film industry wants you to believe you need tonnes of money to keep talented newcomers like you OUT.

In this information packed hour learn how to assemble the basic ingredients to getting your first film made. And get your no budget filmmaking career out of the starting blocks.

You will learn that there is nothing in filmmaking that is difficult. What is there? A lot of really hard work.

Who is the session for?

Anyone wishing to learn how filmmakers can launch their careers with little or nor money.

What you will learn?

  • The secret elements of a great movie
  • The difference between micro and no budget filmmaking
  • How to assemble cast and crew

About presenter Elliot Grove

Few know more filmmakers than Raindance founder Elliot Grove. And few have entered the film industry in such a peculiar way. He grew up on a farm in Southern Ontario. His parents were Gentle People – the Amish Mennonite sect. He was told never go to the movie theatre because the devil lived there. But he did, and every day since he founded Raidance in 1992 he has done the devils work.

He has produced over 700 hundred short films and seven feature films: the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead (2006), Deadly Virtues (2013), AMBER (2017), Love is Thicker Than Water (2018) and the SWSX Grand Jury Prize winner Alice (2019) written and directed by his ex-student Josephine Mackerras. He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America.

Elliot has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writers’ Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay, now in its second edition, Raindance Producers’ Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking and Beginning Filmmaking: 100 Easy Steps from Script to Screen (Professional Media Practice).

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

Elliot teaches screenwriting and film producing classes at Raindance.


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The Lockdown Sessions: No Budget Filmmaking

  1. Georgina Jacobs (verified owner)

    I absolutely loved this one hour session with Elliot Grove yesterday. It really cheered me up during this terrible time during the Corona Virus and gave me hope that I will accomplish making my feature film once this is all over.

    Elliot took the time to answer everyones questions and gave us examples of how we can make something, from short films to features.

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    Elliot Grove

    BLUSH Georgina and thanks for your questions. Hope to see you soon at another Raindance event – on or off-line! Elliot

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