Toaday Raindance founder and Nikon Film Festival juror Elliot Grove took a half hour out to answer took a half hour out of his frantic post Moet British Independent Awards day to answer questions on Twitter. We thought you’s like to see what he was able to do in 30 frantic minutes. We here in the Raindance office had no idea he could type so quickly.
Elliot Grove – Twitter Q&A – #askelliot – 8 December 2015
Q1: If you had the brief of ‘everyday moments’ what subject would you choose and why?
A1: I love stories of home or work especially if they tell me something new and different – make me think
Q2: What’s your favourite film to watch at Christmas?
A2: It’s gotta be Home Alone – cos it’s a nightmare – keeps me grounded through all the happy slappy stuff.
Q3: What’s your opinion on higher frame rates in the cinema? Will 48 or 60fps ever take off?
A3: Higher frame rates? Methinks only relevant in documentary ‘cos it makes it look more real.
Q4: What are the films you’re most excited about in 2016? Any Oscar or Cannes tips?
A4: I think the best Brits at @BIFA_film are strong Oscar contenders: Amy, Brooklyn, Lobster, Hamlet, Ex Machina.
Q5: Do you think YouTube and other online video sites have started a new era in short filmmaking?
A5: Online is the way forward for short film content. Do it right and you can make money!
Q6: Do you have any advice for using incidental music effectively in short films?
A6: Pictures convey information, music conveys emotion – make sure you’ve got the rights – you’ll get sued.
Q7: What is your ultimate everyday moment and how would you translate that in a 140 sec short movie?
A7: Take any universal moment: personal moments like graduation, first kiss, and tell us what happened.
Q8: Have any directors recently stood out for you in terms of producing exciting, distinctive content?
A8: Shane Meadows has amazed me – how he turned making shorts into making features.
Q9: Is there a film you secretly wish you had produced?
A9: You tryin’ to destroy my confidence? ‘The Lobster’ is my personal ‘One Who Got Away’. Such vision!
Q11: Given the strength of #actors #filmmakers and #film studios in UK, is a UK owned cinema chain a future goal?
A11: It’s marketing and public awareness we need – why we do @BIFA_film.
Q12: What’s the biggest mistake new filmmakers make?
A12: Films that fail almost all the time fail because there’s no story. ;-( Why we teach screenwriting here!
Q13: What do you look for when judging at a festival?
A13 I look for bold, fresh personal statements, a story that makes me think about my world. #HardWork
Q14: You say genre is important but are there too many horrors?
A14: Genre is everything in movies – it’s how we picture the story. Horror comes and goes with the public. Stop worrying about horror – make the story that squeezes your emotions.
Q15: What’s your best low-budget filmmaking tip?
A15: Get a story, get a camera and point it at actors. Stop thinking about it. Just do it.
Q16: What’s been your fave shoot location and why?
A16: My fave location was the dark tunnels of the old Aldwych Tube – the remnants of the ’50’s everywhere.
Q17: Is making short film a good entry point for a career in film?
A17: Short film making is the laboratory of cinema – it’s where you learn your craft. All the big ones do it.
Q18: Which character in any of your films do you identify with the most and why?
A18: I always identify with the underdog – people who fight for justice against all odds.
Q19: How do you come up with your characters when making your films?
A19: Character building means combining traits, emotion and conflict: physical, sociological and psychological.
Q20: How did your journey in the industry start, what drew you in?
A20: I started as a lowly runner! There’s lot of info at @raindance.
Q21: I worry about my screenplay being one that only myself and my mother will want to see, with her leaving half way through.
A21: Every artist’s fear! Stop worrying. Follow your heart. Just do it!
Q22: I was looking @Raindance courses and workshops offered, they look fantastic. Did you formulate them?
A22: I design all the courses 😉
Q23: Is social media the most viable way for a composer in the US (me) to make meaningful connections with filmmakers in the UK?
A23: Social media is the new platform that creative industry types need to master. Have fun with it.
Q24: I just wish British films could float their own films on their own seas.
A24: Filmmakers love and work hard to float their films. We can’t complete with the marketing power of Hollywood.
Q25: What can you tell us about the latest script you wrote?
A25: I have written scripts. We have a production company which looks at scripts http://www.raindance.org/rawtalent/
Q26: I’m a Brit in LA how can I meet other Brit filmmakers?
A26: You can always join our newsletter – look at http://www.raindance.org
Q27: I have a finished script but I want to make the film in London, Any advice on meeting producers in London?
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