How Filmmakers Find Work During COVID | Raindance Film School

Filmmakers are always looking for work. The challenge of how to find work during COVID in the challenge of 2020. Here are some ideas of what you can do. At the bottom of this page you will see an A-Z of twenty-seven different websites where you can look for film work!

Work from home

There are many jobs that filmmakers can do from home, and get paid:
Editing: People are always looking for an editor
Sound and sound design: Do you have the ability to create excellent foley?
Animation – we have an excellent stop-frame animation Lockdown Session you can watch
Writing: Copywriting, script editing, blogging , research and translation services are just 4 of the paid jobs you can do from home.

But what of script writing for commercials?
Someone had to write the Snoop Dogg Just Eats commercial!

COVID compliant shooters

In September 2020 writer/director Simon Hunter made the Raindance Film Festival trailer in a covid compliant shoot using our students and members. See how they did it here:

Filmmaker and Raindance Alumni Rob Savage and Michael Beets didn’t let the pandemic squelch their filmmaking ambitions. Each made hour-long films that have garnered them commercial and critical success. Each used COVID compliant techniques to create dramatic movies, albeit with different techniques. What are your ideas?

Michael Beets made In The Shadow It Waits – a live action horror film which was made (and performed at Raindance..

Rob Savage’s horror HOST is now playing commercially at cinemas and online around the world. He even got a 3 picture deal with Blumhouse based on this Lockdown experiment!

26 Places to Find Work During COVID

Its a great exercise to analyse what kind of work you are looking for. Then you need to prepare your CV. Don’t forget to clean up your social media too! Companies these days will check out your social profiles, often before they read your CV

These are 27 places you can look for film work during COVID:.

Arts Hub is a rolling database of jobs and events in the arts world. It also regularly publishes articles with careers news and advice.

Artjobs: a range of job opportunities within the art and culture sector

BBC CareersThe Beeb is always hiring. Experience is, of course, required for the more high-end jobs, but they also offer paid work experience and apprenticeships.

The British Council The British Council’s film page offers news, events, and festivals that can inform your career choices.

Broadcast posts industry news and also features information on jobs, freelancing, and the latest tech. It has links with ITV, BBC and Channels 4 and 5.

Craigslist Despite its shady reputation, Craigslist has loads of independent film-related posts on here, with good genuine people and cool projects. Just don’t get lost in its antiques section or the fascinating depths of its missed connections page.

Creative Access: Creative job opportunities from paid intern to full time

Creative England Formerly known as South West Screen, this website offers databases, funding, career listings, film festivals and general info for the South West of England.

Facebook opened up it’s jobsearch function in 20127. It’s a great place to find job vacancy adverts. Many top companies now use Facebook to advertise their vacancies.

Film4, 4Talent and 4Jobs (Channel 4) Channel 4 offers a number of pathways into the film and broadcasting industry. Film4 is the film branch specifically, but 4Talent and 4Jobs are fantastic portals for work experience, apprenticeships and full-time careers in film and journalism.

Freelance Video Collective A film, TV and video network based in the UK. It’s full of graduates and freelancers who apply for jobs or post resumes on our website (everything is free!).

Gumtree Another “everything” website like Craigslist. You can find anything on here from cheap film equipment to a desperate director looking for someone just like you!

Independent Cinema Office: UK’s national body in support of independent cinemas, film festivals and exhibitors of all forms

KFTV is a great international search engine and forum hub for finding fellow creatives, equipment rental, pre and post-production services, broadcasting facilities and anything else you can think of.

The Knowledge is a database of over 20,000 production suppliers within and outside of the UK. It doesn’t require registration, but if you do you get freebies!

Launching Films (Film Distributors’ Association) if you are looking for knowledge of more business-focused aspects of film, and includes job listings. A great place to find work. ‘Nuff said.

Mandy One of the main media job-posting boards. Check it out for all your cast and crew needs.

POP: A great place to look for work on film sets, both in front of and behind the camera.

Production Hub This hub allows you to create and explore profiles whether you want to offer up your production skills or scout people for your own project.

RadarMusic: Into film AND the music industry? This site is perfect for getting a directing gig on a music video. This website mainly offers film news and reviews of new releases, but also features a film industry jobs hub.

ScreenSkills has loads of advice on those wanting to start out in the (creative media) industry, plus plenty of job opportunities and learning courses.

Shooting People This website, founded by a group of independent filmmakers, offers connections for cast and crew, funding, scripts and more. They also host a short film competition which could give your career a nice kick-start.

UK Screen Alliance The UK Screen Alliance is a nationwide resource for your post-production needs. Its job hub offers various film and television job vacancies, plus events and training. Siubhan Richmond’s really useful website. Don’t know who Siubhan Richmond is? You will soon enough. Alongside great advice from pitching to running to acting, this site features a useful links page with career portals and more for all the big names in television.

The White Book is a giant database/directory for all your film industry needs. Search on it for employers or employees, or get listed yourself.

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Photo Credit David Martinez / BIFA 2018

Few people know more filmmakers and screenwriters than Elliot Grove. Elliot is the founder of Raindance Film Festival (1993) and the British Independent Film Awards (1998). He has produced over 700 hundred short films and five 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). He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America.

Raindance BREXiT trailer 2019

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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