Our Instructors - Raindance

Daniel Oron

 Daniel Oron is an award-winning executive, showrunner, director, and cross-platform storyteller. Daniel specializes in seamless top to tail production, from development to production to post. As a director, Daniel has shot all over the globe for a variety of clients, winning a Gemini for best direction for Reality Obsessed. As VP of Development, he has co-created and supervised a successful slate of television series with a variety of broadcasters. As a showrunner he has consistently brought home entertaining shows within budget and on schedule. Daniel’s fiction films have achieved international success at festivals, and enjoyed strong worldwide distribution. He also worked as creative director for The Movie Network and The Family Channel, and as an assistant director on studio films such as The Insider (Michael Mann) and Lansky (David Mammet). Daniel is also a skilled cinematographer, editor, and award-winning visual effects supervisor.
Daniel’s classes & workshops: 
  • The Director and the DOP relationship
  • Inside the Writer’s Room
  • Create Your TV Show
  • TV Showrunner Workshop
  • TV Writing & Showrunner Intensive Series


Chuck Scott

Chuck Scott is an award-winning producer/director with over 240 documentary and factual television programs successfully completed. His production company has partnered with many producers in Canada and abroad. These shows were shot in over 50 countries around the world. Chuck’s shows have aired on major broadcasters – such as BBC, Five, PBS, NHK, CBC, CTV, Global, Discovery Channels in Canada and the US, on National Geographic, Science Channel, Discovery Health and many more. Chuck has also produced and/or directed hundreds of commercials, music videos, corporate videos, a comedy feature film, two documentary features, children’s shows and a daytime talk show. Chuck’s greatest strength is his visual story telling. He and his team craft a strong story arc for every work and support the narrative with exceptional photography, whether the story takes 15 seconds or 150 minutes to tell.
Chuck’s classes & workshops:
  • Documentary Foundation Certificate
  • Budgeting and Scheduling

Michael Sparaga

Michael Sparaga is an award-winning Canadian screenwriter and producer. His debut feature, the critically-acclaimed, superhero-comedy Sidekick, played in numerous worldwide film festivals and was released in Canada by Maple Pictures before going on to sell in multiple international territories, including the US (Warner Home Video). Remake rights were optioned by Universal’s Focus Features.

His follow-up production, Maple Flavour Films, a humorous TV-hour documentary on the current state of the Canadian film industry, which Michael also directed, made the rounds on the Canadian film festival circuit and aired on Air Canada and PayTV.

Michael’s second feature, the workplace-comedy, Servitude, celebrated a sold-out world premiere at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal before going on to be released in Canada by Alliance Films.  Starring Joe Dinicol (“The L.A. Complex”), Margot Kidder (Superman), Enrico Colantoni (“Veronica Mars”) and Dave Foley (“The Kids in the Hall”), Servitude was the first film greenlit for production out of Telefilm Canada’s Features Comedy Lab. As part of the Lab, Michael prepared Servitude for production with mentorship from comedy heavyweights Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters), Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) and Donald Petrie (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days).

As a screenwriter, Michael has had several screenplays optioned and several in active development. When not writing and producing under his own banner, Michael works with other independent filmmakers, providing story editing services as well as assisting them in various producing capacities. Credits include Son of the Sunshine (world premiere Slamdance 2009) and Gravy Train (released through Alliance Films in 2010).

Michael’s classes & workshops: 

  • Screenwriting Foundation Certificate
  • Writing for Low Budget Films
  • Producer’s Foundation Certificate


Carlos Henriques

Carlos Henriques has been a successful Special Effects Make-up Artist for over 10 years. His award-winning photoreali
stic effects work can be seen in many of today’s Hollywood blockbusters, television series, commercials and haunted attractions.

His love for monsters began at a very early age. As a young boy, he was lucky enough to catch a midnight screening of “George A. Romero’s Creepshow”, and soon after, the premiere of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. He immediately became consumed with all things scary, scouring the earth for what little information there was available at the time. In a few years’ time, his bedroom became a museum of the macabre, crammed with posters, books, magazines, masks and props — not for the squeamish.
Ten years later Carlos attended one of the world’s most prestigious special effects make-up schools and perfected skills in life-casting, prosthetics, creating molds and running product (silicones, foam latex, urethanes, resins, etc…).

With many years in the film industry, Carlos has worked on over 40 projects featuring creature suits (Bottom Feeder starring Tom Sizemore); casualty make-up (Devil’s Night aka: Left for Dead starring Danielle Harris and Shawn Roberts); gore (Familiar starring Robert Nolan and Silent but Deadly starring Jason Mewes and William Sadler) prop-building (Death Race starring Jason Statham); theatre (Evil Dead: The Musical); and puppet-building (Celebrity Deathmatch / A Miser Brothers’ Christmas featuring Mickey Rooney). His most recent film projects include the SyFy classics Red: Werewolf Hunter starring Felicia Day and Witchslayer Gretl starring Shannon Doherty, in which he served as the special effects make-up designer and supervisor.

Every fall, you will find Carlos busy working on his own haunted attraction The Horrorshow, which has gained the title of Hamilton, Ontario’s scariest haunted house.
Carlos is presently working for Cuppa Coffee studios, the largest stop-motion studio in North America. He continues working in film, as well as running his own Halloween mask and prop company The Butcher Shop.

Carlos’s classes & workshops: 

  • Zombie Movie Makeup Workshop
  • Technical Foundation Certificate

Vanessa King

Vanessa King

Development consultant and story editor Vanessa King has written several screenplays & pilots that have been recognized in prestigious screenwriting competitions including the Screencraft/ ScriptChix Pilot Launch (Winner), Nicholl Fellowship (Quarterfinalist, top 5%), Final Draft’s Big Break (Top 35, Top 1%), and the Industry Insider Television Writing Contest (Top 25). She is an instructor for the Screenwriter’s Collective, a NYC-based non-profit that brings affordable screenwriting classes, seminars and events to its 3000+ member community. While her emphasis and skill is focused on screenplay and pilot structure, she is an expert script doctor and well-versed in all areas of development.She is heavily-versed in the entertainment industry, having worked for an internationally acclaimed actress for over a decade, and she has worked on more than 20 films with minimum +2M budgets. A former contributor to the viral website HelloGiggles.com, she has performed numerous times at Upright Citizen’s Brigade-East as an “invited storyteller”. Her tweets (@manhattancanuck) have been featured as “Tweets of the Week”, and she has been named one of The Huffington Post’s “13 Women To Watch in 2013” and “18 Women You Should Be Following On Twitter”. Originally from Canada, she resides in NYC.
Vanessa’s classes & workshops: 
  • TV Writing Foundation Certificate

geo on set

George D’Amato

George D’Amato is a feature film, television and commercial filmmaker. Informed by global travel, his unique visual style has garnered television clients such as The National Broadcast Company (NBC), National Geographic, The History Channel, and Discovery.

“BLUR”, set for release in 2016, is D’Amato’s feature film debut as director, producer and co-writer.

A notable commercial director and producer as well, he has had a roster of Fortune 500 clients: Apple Computers, General Motors, AT&T, The Ford Motor Company, IBM, Volvo, Hyundai, Budweiser Brewing Company, Molson Brewing Company, Nestles, Drug-Free America, and ESPN.

George is currently directing “ART or WAR”, the documentary features social commentary artist Viktor Medic. Also, in pre-production, “Swipe Right” is a feature film that explores the world of online dating via Tinder, the downloadable dating app.

Additional directing awards include the Gold Cleo, the One Show, Gold Bessie, Bronze Bessie, and Craft Award for Directing, Directors Guild of America, Golden Marble, and Two commercials in the Museum of Modern Art permanent collection


NYU film school – MFA
The Actors Studio – N.Y.
Second City Improve
Stand-Up comedy

Specialties: A stunning visual artist.

George’s classes & workshops:

  • Director’s Foundation Certificate
  • Smartphone Filmmaking Certificate

elliot grove

Elliot Grove

Few people know more filmmakers and screenwriters in Europe than Raindance founder Elliot Grove. He has presided over the launch of some of this country’s most interesting filmmakers. Edgar Wright was his first intern, Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn met at a Raindance course in the mid 1990’s, Christopher Nolan and Gareth Edwards (Monsters) all launched their careers following film training courses at Raindance. Elliot founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the  British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007. He has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of $511.40. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America. He has written three books which have become industry standards:RAINDANCE WRITERS’ LAB: WRITE & SELL THE HOT SCREENPLAY(Focal Press 2008), RAINDANCE PRODUCER’S LAB: LO-TO-NO BUDGET FILMMAKING (Focal Press 2004) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). His first novel THE BANDIT QUEEN is scheduled for publication next year. Open University awarded Elliot an Honourary Doctorate for services to film education in 2009.

He has just finished shooting a feature in London, England directed by Ate de Jong (Drop Dead Fred)

Elliot’s classes & workshops:

  • Producer’s Foundation Certificate
  • Write and Sell the Hot Script
  • Saturday Film school
  • Break into the Film Industry
  • Introduction to Screenwriting


Marina Cordoni

A creative strategist who enjoys working interdependently with filmmakers to help them achieve their goals, Marina’s experience includes rights negotiations with domestic and international entertainment content buyers; from theatrical, broadcast and digital platforms, to working with film financiers, government agencies, and sponsorship investors. She is highly skilled in the negotiations of pre and post production sales, as well as versed in diverse film financing models. When sourcing new content, Marina deals with agents, writers, and producers and directors across diverse genres. Her approach is to build relationships that act as bridges for a North American film to reach a global audience. She lends her experience to the educational community, providing training in the entertainment industry via seminars with organizations such as WIFT (Women in Film and Television) and Ryerson University. Her recent Executive Producer credits include Jason Priestley’s feature directorial debut: ‘Cas and Dylan’, the critically acclaimed genre film ‘Antisocial’ and audience favorites ‘The Resurrection of Tony Gitone’ and ‘Unlucky’. Previous posts include: Vice President of Movies, Breakthrough Entertainment Inc., where she launched a Theatrical and All Rights Sales Division from the ground up; Vice President, International at Norstar Filmed Entertainment (Toronto), Senior Sales Executive at PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (London, UK) and Senior Sales Executive at Virgin Vision Entertainment (London, UK). In these past roles, Cordoni was responsible for pre and post sales of specific territory foreign rights to academy award winning movies such as ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, ‘Fargo’, ‘Dead Man Walking’, ‘Sleepers’, ‘The Game’, ‘Candyman’, ‘Wild at Heart’, ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’, and notable Canadian productions such as ‘Regeneration’, ‘Men with Guns’ and ‘Pale Saints’.

Marina’s classes & workshops:

  • Pitching Skills Bootcamp
  • Producer’s Foundation Certificate

Daniela SAIONI Headshot

Daniela Saioni

Daniela Saioni has been a professional script supervisor since 1992 and is a proud member of IATSE 873 and ACTRA.  She has worked in nine countries on feature films (Casino Jack, Traitor, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Boondock Saints), television series (Suits, Covert Affairs, Soul Food), miniseries (The Path to 9/11), MOW’s (The Day Reagan Was Shot) and commercials,  in all budget levels and genres. See imdb for full credits.
She is also a professional actress and independent filmmaker who brings a thorough knowledge of the filmmaking process to her teaching and her work.  She is the co-chair of IATSE 873’s Script Department and has been training script supervisors and filmmakers alike since 1995 for organizations including WIFT, IATSE 873, LIFT, ACTRA, CrewCall Saskatchewan, BigSoul Productions, NIFCO, Film Training Manitoba and the Canadian Film Centre. She has also guest lectured at York University, University of Regina, Centennial College and Humber College.

Daniela’s classes & workshops:

  • Essentials of Continuity and Script Supervision

    Timothy Hunt

    Timothy Hunt is a Script Supervisor in the Toronto film and television industry. He has worked on feature films and TV shows including “Orphan Black,” “Bitten,” “Odd Squad,” and “Anne of Green Gables.” Currently he is the Script Supervisor on OMNI-TV’s cop show “Blood and Water.” Tim is a recent graduate of the Raindance Postgraduate Program with an MA in Film Studies.

    Timothy’s classes & workshops:

    • Script Supervision and Continuity Workshop


    John T. Trigonis

    A one-man consulting machine, John T. Trigonis has worked with numerous filmmakers worldwide to create compelling crowdfunding campaigns that not only reach, but also exceed their goals. An independent filmmaker and successful crowdfunder himself, Trigonis has literally written the book on Crowdfunding for Filmmakers, and now puts his skills to greater use with Indiegogo as the funding platform’s specialist for film and video campaigns.

    John’s classes & workshops:

    • Crowdfunding and Social Media Marketing Foundation Certificate

    Sarah Brocklehurst

    Sarah Brocklehurst is an independent producer, nominated for the BAFTA for outstanding debut by a British producer in 2012 and selected as one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2014.

    Her first feature film BLACK POND, directed by Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley, was BAFTA-nominated, and also received nominations at the British Independent Film Awards, Guardian First Film Award and Raindance Festival. The film won the London Comedy Festival Discovery Award as well as the Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomers. She has also produced short films as well as theatreproductions. Her slate of feature films includes the teen comedy WEIRD with BAFTA-winning director Tim Kirkby due for production winter 2015/6, an adaptation of Emma Jane Unsworth’s hit novel ANIMALS, a female-driven werewolf comedy UNDERDOG with writer/director Jacqueline Wright, and CECILIA, a psychological drama with writer/director Camille Griffin which was developed through the iFeatures3 programme.

    Sarah’s classes & workshops:

    • How to Deal with Talent Agents

    Kate Shenton

    Kate Shenton

    After graduating from East 15 with an MA in Filmmaking, Kate Shenton dedicated herself to making independent films. Her first short film ‘Bon Appetite’ premiered at Fright Fest and went on to enjoy international film festival success. Her other short films, ‘Gimp’ and ‘Baby Face’ screened at festivals such as Slamdance, Raindance, Encounters and London Short Film Festival. In 2011 Kate made a short documentary called ‘On Tender Hooks’, which followed freak show magician Damien Lloyd-Davies as he was about to undergo his first human suspension. The film went on to achieve huge international success, screening at over 30 film festivals. From this Kate decided to turn the project into a feature length documentary. Armed with only a Canon 600d and a 13 inch MacBook Pro with Final Cut, Kate spent a year following people within the suspension community both in the UK and abroad.

    Once completed, the feature length ‘On Tender Hooks’ had it’s international premier at PiFan Film Festival in South Korea, its UK premiere at Fright Fest and is now gaining distribution deals from around the world. Kate is currently working on her next feature length film, a cannibalistic, horror comedy called ‘Bloody Burrito’.

    Kate Shentontutors and mentors numerous Raindance Post Graduate film degree students.

    Kate’s classes & workshops:

    • How to Save Money on a No-Budget Film


    Mike Fly

    Director, Producer
    Mike Fly has been producing and directing for the web for over 10 years on a variety of projects: corporate campaigns, branded content, web series and shorts. His web series credits include Versus Valerie, But I’m Chris Jericho, Comedy Bar, Space Janitors, the Improv Monologue Project, The Casting Room and Sexy Nerd Girl. He also produces and directs shorts for The Second City Network. His numerous TV credits include CBC’s Street Cents, Exposure, Living Vancouver, Corner Gas and I, Martin Short, Goes Home. He also produced and directed the feature length documentary David Shepherd: A Lifetime of Improvisational Theatre. Mike has also performed across Canada, the USA and in Europe as an improvisor.

    Mike’s classes & workshops:

    • Web Series Foundation Certificate


    Dale Sood

    Dale Sood joined Raindance in 2014 as their Filmmaker in Residence with a mission to make Raindance a leading voice for independent film in Toronto. As a filmmaker himself, he understands the constraints on today’s visual raconteurs.  His 2013 short The Impermanence of The Ordinary was self-produced for zero dollars and went on to screen at HotDocs and other festivals globally.
    Dale’s classes & workshops:
    • Cinematography Foundation Certificate
    • Essentials of Sound Recording


    Mark Sanders

    For almost three decades, this self-taught “Film Maker” has worked in a creative capacity on over 50 films and hundreds of episodes of television. He had a long-standing relationship with Cinepix, Canada’s first independent studio, now known as Lions Gate.

    He was a founder at Berkshire Axis Media but after four good years and four feature films, Mark returned to his own independent production company. Film PaniK has produced several multi-award winning films and have been presented at over 100 film festivals around the world.

    He is one of Canada’s first C.C.E. accredited picture editors as a member of the Canadian Cinema Editors honor society and the Directors Guild of Canada.

    Mark’s classes & workshops:

    • Producer’s Foundation Certificate