I wish I'd gone to Raindance a long time ago - it would have saved me a fortune and unravelled a lot of mysteries about getting into the movie business. Most importantly though, at Raindance they give you the tools to stop talking about it and get out and do it.
i recommend all the couses at Raindance i know through experiance that the information gained is priceless before you go out shooting your movie. Raindance prepares the serious producer/writer /director for the real business of film making.
Raindance courses changed my life - who I am and all that. Without trying to sound egotistical, directing following the principles I have learned at Raindance really has made a huge difference to the way that I work, and has opened up endless possibilities and doorways hitherto closed.
Thank you for your informative and spot on information as always. I took your course in Glasgow in October 1995 and I have made eleven features since then ... And they still haven't sent the limo! Do you have any suggestions as I have adhered to the Grove Method like a religion but I seem to be making little progress in the film fest circuit or with the majors. Is there a third way? As you know success is only surface deep and as a filmmaker an audience is what I seek, not money. Anyway if you can offer some guidance to one of your past graduates I would be grateful.
Kind regards, Robbie Robbie Moffat Palm Tree UK Double Lodge, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath SL0 0NH
Just to say a million thank yous for the course last weekend. It was absolutely fab! I totally enjoyed it and you inspired me to go forwards instead of staying still.
You are a walking movie in human form and once my movie finally finds its feet - I would really love for you to be around because you just have that extra special know how to get it spectacular!
Hope to see you up at Live Ammunition tomorrow evening - but if not - take care.
I know you get hundreds of emails every day but I wanted to say thank you for the course this weekend. I really enjoyed it and felt that by the end there were some great group dynamics going on. There were a number of areas that I was particularly interested in learning about (shooting with 35mm cameras, actors and cinematographers) and I am very happy with the level of detail that you provided for us. Really, it was great.
I was going to book myself on your screenwriting course straight away but now see that it's the week I'm scuba diving in Egypt. I'll keep an eye out for the next time.
Also, as I put on the sheet of paper that came round, if anyone needs a Final Cut Pro editor for their DV then I am good and have the kit. I am sure there are interesting projects that I can help people out with so feel free to pass on my contact details if anyone asks.
Thanks again for a great weekend course. The time just flew. I've now started thinking about my screenwriting in terms of a new business venture, and that way of thinking is really helping me focus on what I'm doing, along with the craft-skills that I've been learning over the last few months.
In case I never get the nerve to say this to your face............ Raindance and you have been an inspiration. I did the lo to no budget making course in July 2003, and since then many more courses. They've helped me write my first feature length script, which is being optioned, and have the courage to experiment with friends on a couple of shorts and finally make my first short film with a full crew, totally no budget of course...I share your attitude to cash. This in between working full time and writing another 20 other treatments and scripts which I will develop once I have the time to sleep again. Bottom line if I hadn't come to Raindance I would never found the courage to follow my dream....thank you for the encouragement and the inspiration! As for the Film Council and Skillset well I guess visionaries have always scared the establishment.......better to be a rebel with a cause than a civil servant with a rule book! congrats on the film option and the book keep on keeping on kindest regards Deborah Groves
Finally, my eyes are open. I have the potential to be a great screenwriter. I can be up there with Leigh Brackett, Joss Whedon, Mario Puzo, Lawrence Kasdan and John Peoples (Leigh Brackett was a woman, by the way - and she wrote 'The Big Sleep', 'Rio Bravo' and the first draft of 'The Empire Strikes Back' - on her death bed! I think she was brilliant and as a writer she is one of my heroes...).
I can do this.
Leigh Oakley, Screenwriter
Many thanks for yet another fantastic course this weekend, as usual Raindance delivers.
Here is our new catalogue of up-coming film training courses in writing, directing and producing that we are presenting this year up til Christmas in Central London. Whether you are interested in directing, writing, producing or shooting, there is something for you at Raindance.
Raindance courses really work. Filmmakers who have taken our courses have made films which have screened at prestigious film festivals, won awards and made a combined box office total of more than one hundred million dollars.
Our courses are not taught by teachers - they are taught by filmmakers who can teach. If you want a summary of how we teach, and if you have 21 minutes, let me show you how with our 21 Minute Film School.
+++ NEWS FLASH: Raindance presents DIRECTORS FOUNDATION WEEKEND in Bristol on Saturday/Sunday 18/19 August. Our courses can be taken individually, or grouped as diplomas. Let me tell you more:
First: our classes work
So many people have taken our classes and then gone on to make a feature film. Paul Andrew Williams is one. If you have never heard of him, click on his picture to the left. He is currently directing The Cottage, based on the sucess of his debut £80K feature, London To Brighton.
Second: We follow our own advice We currently have four films in production - all written, directed and produced by people like you who have taken Raindance courses.
Third: We make movies Through the contacts we have made at the Festival over the past fifteen years, we have made some excellent connections with investors eager to discover new talent - like you. The first film we produced, THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, actually had its world premiere at the prestigious Rotterdam Film Festival last January. The film has gone on to win 12 awards at international film festivals, it has sold 15 territories, and now plans are being made to release the film here in the UK and abroad. Our second feature is currently in post-production.
Fourth: We Know which films work with audiences Which is why we are launching www.Raindance.TV on September 15th with the best independent shorts, features and documentaries.
Fifth: We run a international film festival - where you could screen your work (if it's good enough) This year, two of our jurors include Mick Jones )(founder of The Clash) and Iggy Pop.
How Our Courses Work
Our courses repeat every four months, except for special events with major guest directors, producers and screenwriters - which happen once a year.
If you are unsure of which course to take, call me up, Will Pearce, on 0207 287 3833 and ask as many questions as you like. As Course Director at Raindance, my job is to make sure you pick the right course for your skill level and your interest.
Whatever course or courses you choose, I can promise you that our courses deliver the most amount of information in the least amount of time at the best possible price.
Tuesday 4th September 6:30 - 9pm FREE EVENT (near Tottenham Ct Rd Tube) Refreshments courtesy of Cobra
It's time once again for Raindance to throw open its doors and welcome another batch of aspirant filmmakers.
If you're new to Raindance and want to know a little more, or don't know which course is best for you, come along and we'll help you through it.
Every Opening Evening we have a special guest speaker. In May we had Mark Mahon. An ex-Raindance student, Mark has completed one feature film, writing, producing and directing Strength & Honour, starring Michael Madsen, and is working on his next.
It's free to get in and I have a feeling that those nice people from Cobra may be providing some refreshments on the evening, so what's your excuse?
Let me know if you want to come along and I'll put you on the list. Our Open Evenings are legendary networking events, and with door prizes, special on-the-night discounts and inspiring and informative talks from our tutors, its hard to see how you could come away empty handed.
Filmmakers Foundation Certificate Five Tuesdays starting 11th of September 6:30 - 9pm
Five Tuesday nights designed to take the fear out of filmmaking and give you an overview of writing, directing, producing and marketing a first short or feature film.
Week ONE Writing for Low Budget Films Writing your first movie but have a low budget? This week we will concentrate on how to get the most out of your script, locations and actors and how to make sure these elements will be in line with a low budget. Discover how to make what you already know into a unique story.
Week TWO Essentials of Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking Making movies can be very expensive, but debut films are usually made on miniscule budgets. A successful filmmaker will make the ordinary seem extraordinary, thus enhancing the film's production values.
Week THREE Director's Toolkit Actors, cinematographers and directors form one of the most exciting relationships on a movie set. New directors need to learn to communicate their vision to their crew in order to get the best results on screen.
Week Four Introduction to Production The computer and camera companies have developed a bewildering array of low cost editing and camera equipment. Choose the right equipment and maximise its potential for the edit of your movie.
Week FIVE Selling Your Film: Creating a Press Kit The essential task for filmmakers is to create a marketing plan for your film. Learn how to utilise the trade press, consumer press and film festivals to turn your film (and yourself) into this year's cult classic.
Just £125 + VAT = £146.87 Memberspay just £124.84 inc VAT You can Book Online Here or call us 0207 287 3833 Who Should Attend: Writers, directors, producers, actors, filmmakers, cinema lovers and anyone with an interest in how movies are made and who seek a basic introduction to the filmmaking process.
Directors Foundation Certificate Five Thursdays starting 13 September 6:30 - 9:30 pm One of our most popular courses designed to take you through the basic elements of directing and prepare you for directing your first short or feature.
Week 1: The Director and the Script The script is the blueprint for a movie. The director's job is to read and interpret the screenplay. Discover how a good director translates the written word into the visual elements on the screen.
Week 2: The Director and the Rehearsal The director's challenge is to communicate his/her vision to the cast. Learn how to run a rehearsal and create mood and tension by inspiring the actors and using the tool of staging.
Week 3: The Grammar of Directing Directors use a variety of shots and lenses to compose their scenes and create a vocabulary of cinematic techniques and processes. Directors must learn the do's and don'ts of film grammar.
Week 4: Directing the Shoot Using professional actors and a DV camera, we will shoot a short scene to demonstrate the techniques used by professionals.
Week 5: Directing the Edit In the edit, the audiovisual material collected during the shoot is reorganised to tell the film's story in the best possible way. The director must thoroughly understand the editing process.
Just £145 + VAT = £170.37 Memberspay just £144.82 inc VAT
You can Book Online Here or call 0207 287 3833 Who Should Attend Writers, directors, producers, actors, filmmakers, cinema lovers and anyone with an interest in how movies are made and who seek a basic introduction to the filmmaking process.
Editing 2 Weekends exploring desktop editing using Final Cut Pro
Intro to Final Cut Pro Sat/Sun 13/14 October 9:30 - 6 pm
You can Book Online or call 0207 287 3833 Advanced Final Cut Pro Sat/Sun 20/21 October £250 + VAT each Members get a 15% discount
Movie Money Where It Is And How To Get It Tuesday 30th October 6:30 - 9:30 pm Just £30 Members price £25.50 Discover how to raise money for your film by using non- industry finance. Learn how EIS, VCT and pension funds can all be sources for your film finance.
Learn how small and larger deals are put together and how the recoupment waterfall works.
N.B. If you are looking for sources of industry finance, please look at the UK Film council website.
Hands On Directing for Film and Television Saturday/Sunday 3/4 November 10 - 6:30 pm Just £250 + VAT Members save 15%
Everyone wants to be a director. If you can create a 'look' for your film, your career will skyrocket.
But why do so many British feature films, especially those by first-time directors, fail to achieve this important artistic success? When the technique needed for visually pleasing single-camera direction is so basic, why do so many directors fail to make the right choices? And when actors can add so much to a production, why don't directors take the time to ensure that their actors perform to the best of their abilities?
This intensive seminar teaches you the secrets of maximising performance from the cast while realising the importance of the ultimate audience: the camera. Learn how to direct on-time and on-budget, get the results you want and keep the producers happy. Single camera shooting techniques are explored in depth. Students will be given a number of exercises to undertake, including the opportunity to participate in directing a short dramatic scene critiqued by Patrick Tucker.
We issue gift certificates in denominations to suit your budget - anything from £20. Gift certificates make the ideal gift for the special film person in your life.
Last year over a hundred people attended our courses using gift certificates.
Call me, Will Pearce on 0207 287 3833 and I'll talk you through it.
Budgeting and Scheduling
Tuesday 13 November 6:30 - 9:30pm Just £30 or £25.50 for Members
Always considered the boring bit by film producers and directors, the budget and schedule are nevertheless the spine of any production. If you get the budget (the money part) wrong, your film will stall half-finished without cash. Get the schedule (the time) wrong, and your film will suffer - either from loss of quality or remain unfinished because you have run out of time (and budget!)
This evening explains how scripts are analysed and whipped into shape budget-wise and schedule-wise.
This popular course has limited places. Avoid disappointment - book now
Hollywood's Four Greatest Lies For a FREE Raindance article on the four big lies of Hollywood, send an email to us here.
Creating A Business Plan Tuesday 6 November 6:30 - 9:30 pm Just £30 or £25.50 for members Once you have scoured film festivals looking for new talent, settled on the next hot director and found that absolutely terrific script, you need to prepare a plan of attack to get the money to shoot your film.
This evening workshop will run through the basic essentials you will need to present your project to both private and industry investors. The last segment deals with creating a business plan for your career enabling you to raise enough money so you can ditch the day job.
Camera Skills 1 and 2 Saturday and Sunday 17/18 November 10:00 - 6:30 pm Just £125 + VAT each day, or £250 + VAT both days Members save 15%
A 2-part masterclass for first time filmmakers and anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of cinematic single camera techniques. You can attend either or both sessions, although it is recommended that both are attended for maximum benefit.
The HDV Shoot 24/25 November, 10am - 6.30pm Just £250 + VAT Members save 15%
Ever wanted to just get out there and shoot a film? Well you can, cheaply and efficiently with the many HDV cameras available on the market right now. The so-called digital revolution has put broadcast quality video cameras into the reach of just about everyone.
Broadcast quality and very easy to use, HDV is an ideal tool for filmmakers to make films on a low budget without compromising on quality of image. All you need are good ideas, a great script, and with a little technical know how you can get going.
You will also learn how to edit the film and create a high-quality tape that can be submitted to festivals and distributors and used on your showreel. With the advent of HD television, more and more broadcasters are seeking material originated on the HD/HDV format.
Participants will be given a DVD copy of the rushes and a rough cut. You will have the opportunity to do all of the jobs on the shoot: direct, operate the camera, set up lights, work with professional actors and record professional quality location sound.
Directing Performance 11/12 August, 10am - 6.30pm or December 1/2 Just £225 + VAT Members save 15%
Directing Performance introduces directors to the acting process and demonstrates proven techniques to enable directors to promote strong performances.
By developing the inner and outer worlds of the characters through their relationships with their environment, other characters and themselves, a great story can be given further depth and will create a greater involvement for the audience.
Working with professional actors, Chris Thomas will demonstrate how the director can gain clues from the text, think creatively about casting and together with their cast, create rich characterisations and relationships no matter what the film is about.
Participants will gain insight into how actors prepare, explore ways to use rehearsal and direct actors during the shoot. The course will be illustrated through examples, demonstration and review of scenes shot during the class.
Pitching Skills Workshop 30 August, 6.30 - 9.30pm Only £30 Members save 15%
Pitching is one of the most essential skills needed for a successful career in the film industry. It is also one of the least considered by new entrants to the industry.
This intensive evening class presents the original class developed for the MA programme of film studies at the Royal College of Art Film School and is presented here in its entirety. Participants will also have the opportunity to test their pitches out on Elliot Grove and get his immediate response in his acclaimed "Pitch Repair" session.
Raindance Screenwriting Courses If it ain't on the page it ain't on the stage
You may wonder why Raindance spends so much time working with writers, and why we have such a wide range of writing courses. That is because we believe that screenplays are the single most important element of a successful film.
Writing For Comedy Saturday/Sunday 8/9 December 10:00 - 6:00 pm (Date TBC) Just £225 + VAT Members save 15%
British comedy is booming - there are now more ways than ever for writers to enter the profession. And producers love new writers, especially women (why are there so few women comedy writers?). However, budgets haven't risen in proportion so there are also more people chasing less money.
Sitcoms and movies take forever to get commissioned, even longer if your name isn't Richard Curtis. But it is possible to make a living as a comedy writer while trying to sell your own ideas to producers.
This intensive and practical two day course is designed to help all aspiring professional comedy writers find their way into the business and to develop the kind of skills required to create sitcoms, panel shows and movies. So as well as finding out the best people to sell your ideas to, there'll be plenty of time for actual sketch writing exercises. If you're already selling jokes or sketches, then the course will help you take further steps down the road to earning full-time.
The Writers Journey with Christopher Vogler Summer 2008, 9.30am - 6.30pm £250 + VAT Members save 15%
Find out why Hollywood studios employ Christopher Vogler to help them find the story in challenging material. The Writer's Journey is a two-day seminar with Christopher Vogler offering the latest developments in his thinking about myth, movies, and the deep structure of storytelling for the screen.
The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler has become one of the cornerstones of modern screenwriting theory. Based on an influential memo he wrote while working at the Disney studios, the book has been translated into eight languages and its ideas were promptly put to use by a whole generation of screenwriters and novelists. Meantime, as Vogler has worked on countless feature film projects as a consultant, writer, and producer, his concepts about myths and movies have continued to evolve. The world has changed, we are in a new era with different rules, and classic patterns like the hero's journey have to be re-examined for what they can tell us about the current state of movies and the world. Vogler will share the latest principles derived from his work as a story consultant on independent films and major studio features, and will update his model of the Writer's Journey.
William C Martell's Script Secrets Next date auntumn 2008 £250 + VAT members save 15%
William C. Martell has written eighteen produced films, including three HBO World Premieres (*Steel Sharks*, *Crash Dive!* and *Grid Runners*) two for Showtime (*Black Thunder* and *Droid Gunner*), three Cinemax Premieres (*Treacherous*, *Night Hunter* and *The Base*), plus a couple of USA Network thrillers (*Hard Evidence* and *Blind Trust*).
If you have any questions, give me a call at the office. The last thing we want is for you to attend a course that is wrong for you. My number at Raindance is 0207 287 3833. And I am ably assisted by Joe Pearshouse and Elliot Grove. Happy filmmaking
Will Pearce Head Raindance Training
Will Pearce Raindance Festivals Limited
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The Fine Print: Let us know by lunchtime on the first day of a weekend course, or after the first break on an evening course and we will make a full refund
What is Raindance?
Since 1992 Raindance has been offering advice and support for independent fimmakers. We started the Raindance Film Festival in 1993, and the British Independent Film Awards in 1998. We also have a training programme that has had remarkable success. And all this without public funding. Presently there are nine of us working out of our office in Soho, London. Although we are London-based we are on the look-out for anyone who might like to work with us in another city or country.
We are always looking for new ideas, or your stories about your movie.
To contact us, try 44 (0)202 7287 3833, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
DISCOUNTS Raidance offers the following discounts:
- students/OAPs/UB40 - 10% - members of any film organisation - 10% - members of Raindance - 15% - repeater fee (if you have taken the course before - 50% - call 0207 287 3833 for details of group booking discounts - call 0207 287 3833 for our 10% out-of-town discount