July came and went in a flash. It was a month with quite a lot of Raindance news.

On the 18th our first ever MA film students graduated. Read how one student completed his MA from the deserts of the East!

On the 23rd we announced our Opening Night Gala film and party featuring the music of filmmaker and musician Roland Gift.

The next day we announced our DailyMotion Web Pilot Competition with £2500 in prizes.

And our 2014 festival trailer was unveiled. Did you see it? What did you think? Email me with your trailer comments.

With all of this action I wanted to make sure you haven’t missed any of the great posts we have created for you this month. Like you know, and like any filmmaker knows, with all this great content floating around it’s easy to miss stuff.

Take a peek and catch up!

And I hope to see your comment on Twitter or Facebook, or see you at a Raindance event soon.

Yours in filmmaking,
Elliot Grove

 

 

 

Elliot Grove
Founder, Raindance Film Festival | British Independent Film Awards

1. Why 50 shades of Grey Scares Me!

Why I am scared of 50 shades of greyWhen Samantha Martin jumped on a plane for the 30 hour flight from her native Perth to Raindance, little did she realise she was starting her new post as Strategist at the festival a couple days before the new trailer of 50 Shades of Grey was being released.

Sam’s fellow Raindancers didn’t realise how passionate she was about the erroneous messages in the film.

Her blog, which appeared first on Raindance’s website was then picked up by one of America’s most important and influential websites: Cultural Weekly. Read it here:

2. 13 Annoying Habits Filmmakers Need To Break

13 Annoying Habits Of FilmmakersWhen I wrote this and put it up I didn’t realise I was breaking one of my own rules: Going to work sick. Here I am having been sent home, but not until I have infected nearly half the office.

This article was picked up by another of my favourite websites: indiewire.com. Read it here:

3. 10 Lessons I Learned From Making A Film For $10,000

We made a $10,000 movieIt’s no surprise to me that one of the top 5 posts on our website in July is this one.

Daniel Kresmery runs Raindance Budapest, and he has pulled of the incredible feat of making an indie film that actually got a theatrical release in Hungary. The double whammy? He made it for just $10,000 – that about 6K in Quid terms.

Have a read of his exploits and watch the trailer here:

4. How To Answer: “What Is Your Favourite Film?”

How to answer What is your favourite film?Another Ozzie, this one Rebecca, finished her stint by writing another top 5 web post for Raindance. MAybe all wannabe bloggers or filmmakers should be sent to Australia for a while!

This article is particularly relevant to us in our basement hovel as we are sorting through a record number of festival submissions, and are always being asked “What Is Your Favourite Film?”

5. 10 Key Steps Filmmakers Use To Create Effective Social Media Strategies

Key Steps Filmmakers Use To Create Social Media StrategyOMG – Numero 5 is a golden oldie I wrote this time last year – but it seems to have caught the attention of a tonne of eyeballs, according to our analytics.

Is there something in yo0u that is keeping you from social media? Get over it fast, because filmmaking, screenwriting and social media are quickly becoming all one in the same.

And here are 10 Key steps Filmmakers Use To Create effective Social Media Strategies

OK, so there you have it. Was there a post that caught your eye?

Ping it into the comments box below. It only takes a second, and it’ll help get you noticed too.

About 

Photo Credit Jay Brooks / BIFA 2015

Elliot Grove is the founder of Raindance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards. He has produced over 700 hundred short films and also five feature films, including the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead in 2006, Deadly Virtues in 2013 and AMBER in 2017. He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America.

Raindance trailer 2017

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.

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