The Lockdown Sessions: No Budget Filmmaking - Raindance

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, film producing and screen marketing classes at Raindance.


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3 reviews for 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

  3. BEATRICE COLBRANT (verified owner)

    It’s been so hot in France – over 40 C – that it feels like a permanent Scandinavian sauna, or rather a North African hammam. When I leave the UK, sooner than later, I guess that I will have to relocate closer to my maternal ancestors, in Scandinavia, although I am told that it is getting pretty hot there too. What can we do ? Of course France still owns Adélie Land in the Antarctic, and I wonder if the scientists and the penguins are friendly over there. In the meantime, here in France, wearing masks on buses and in shops is not necessarily pleasant when it is so hot but then, once you are at home, you can eat your baguette in peace. And what a nice treat it is to also grab the camembert or one of the numerous cheeses France proudly produces, one for every day of the year as de Gaulle used to say. The tasteless English cheddar sadly gives a terrible reputation to the concept of cheese so I’d rather think that that British thing is not even cheese.

    Of course we are all a bit in a state of forced loneliness. Even if we can’t see our friends as often as in the past, as some of us are more in lockdown than others, it does not prevent postcards, e-mails and phone calls. Speaking of phone calls I just had some good news from 4 year-old Basile who is now back with my relatives but wishes to book another holiday with Marcel-the-Cat and me and wants to book early in case I have a long waiting list. He thinks that, even without the local snake charmers, our recent hospitality was better than the Club Méd of Marrakech which he visited with his parents last year. So Basile really hopes to be invited back in London Waterloo as the expected baby brother never appeared in his home and he’d rather be with Marcel-the-Cat and Poppy- Joan, our friendly small English neighbour who is obese and has a generous heart as she always shares her huge jumbo Toblerone with him. Furthermore Basile is also thinking of a career later in life although he does not know at this stage whether he would like to become a “gentil organisateur” (a non-intellectual club assistant in charge of organising games for the clients) at the Bora-Bora Club Med in French Polynesia, or a documentary filmmaker.

    As regards the last option he has an idea and would like to film Poppy-Joan as a snake charmer in square Jemaa El Fnaa square, which he liked, but from the point of view of the snake, therefore applying the principle of subjective camera. The only problem is that he only has eighty British pence, five Moroccan dirhams and six French centimes left in his piggy bank so it would be a low budget movie and probably a co-production. This is just fantastic because Elliot Grove, in another lockdown session, is just giving some advice on the matter. The best, says the founder of Raindance, is to reduce the number of actors, locations, special effects and make up and make the right choice between filming in a public place and filming on a private property. Crowdfunding can only be a solution to fund the filming although it is not necessarily easy. Basile says that uncle Elliot has got it right and is giving good advice and that Poppy-Joan and the snake won’t cost him much as costumes and sound will be very limited apart from Poppy-Joan’s Primark pair of shorts and the whistle of the local snake. He has already written himself the screenplay, basically how to spend a day away from the Club Méd and its French croissants to go a bit more local. Later, naturally, he would like to see his first film distributed and seen remotely on video on demand, with a discount for members and groupies. This is all well planned and cheap. There would need to be some publicity of course and Basile says he’d like to see himself and Poppy-Joan on the poster, both in djellabahs and seated on uncle Mohamed’s camel, sort of Basile and Poppy of Arabia if you like, and this would be really cheap too as I could take the picture and uncle Ibrahim do the printing, all this for free too and before the evening chicken tajine.

    This is all very clever and costless and what another great Lockdown session it was too.

  4. Avgousta Zourelidi (verified owner)

    Thank you for an informative and fun talk!

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