Thursday, April 10, 2008

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the 10 April 2008 edition
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Alumni I
Upcoming courses
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Alumni II
Work it
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gun_flash Shoot Him In The Head!

As promised, here are the details of our new gore-fest course, SFX For Low Budget Film:

Want to achieve a DR BUTCHER style arm impaling? A pouring chest wound?

Generally special effects have been the domain of the well funded or especially lucky film-maker, but this need not be the case. By the end of the course you should be equally at home disembowelling a heroine or shooting your hero in the face.

Day 1 focuses on Horror effects, Day 2 on Action.

Sounds exciting, huh?

More info

Book now
Indie Tip

It's not only the top 3% that can make money out of filmmaking, you could too...

Find out how here
darth vader Who Shot Darth Vader?

Kelvin Pike did. And that's not all...

Finally! The Raindance / Kodak Masterclass is back in May.

For this edition we welcome veteran cameraman Kelvin Pike BSC whose work includes 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, THE SHINING, STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, DR. STRANGELOVE, and HEAVEN'S GATE.

Kelvin will speak about his filmmaking career and show us examples of his work giving us a behind the scenes look at what it was like working on some of the most iconic films of the 20th Century.

And yes don't worry, we've made sure to save some time for all your questions about Kubrick and Lucas. More info

When? Saturday, May 10th from 2-4pm
Where? BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly London W1J 9LN
Price? £10

Click here to book a place or ring 020 7287 3833. Space is very limited so tickets are in short supply.

Ex-Raindance student Peter Foldy sent us this email:

"Sorry about the shameless self promotion, but check out this 2 page article that came out today in Victoria Canada's main daily paper, and I believe syndicated across the country."

Peter's feature, SILVER MAN, also premiered at the Raindance Festival.

After a long legal entanglement, it has finally just had its DVD release in the US.

See a trailer here
hignfy Turn Funny Into Money

Is it possible to learn how to write jokes?

Dave Cohen, co-founder of the Comedy Store Players and writer for, among other things, Have I Got News For You and Dead Ringers:

"Er... not really. But you CAN learn to make your jokes funnier, and how to write more of them..." Read more
funny_games Funny Games Ticket Offer

Vue Cinemas are having a 2 for 1 ticket giveaway exclusive to Raindance newsletter readers for the new thriller by director Michael Haneke (Cache', The Piano Teacher). Just print out the voucher here and bring it to the cinema with you. Offer only valid in the UK.

A vacationing family gets an unexpected visit from two deeply disturbed young men. Their idyllic holiday turns nightmarish as they are subjected to unimaginable terrors and struggle to stay alive. A provocative and brutal horror starring Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet and Devon Gearhart.


Did you know that we've had over 100,000 plays on our Dailymotion Channel...?

Or that we have 10 new shorts on our Blinkx channel?
horse hosp - border Raindance Film Club Presents:

Captain Zip's Super8mm Trip

Captain Zip is digging deep into his enormous 8mm film library to put together a fantastic programme of Super8mm cult classics for the next RD Film Club.

Some of the films to be shown include Georges Méliès 1911 wacky film Les Hallucinations de baron de Munchhausen, Disney's Skeleton Dance (weirdly banned in Sweden in 1929. Too many skulls perhaps?), and Len Lye's 'drawn on film' animation Rainbow Dance.

The programme will feature some amazing hand selected soundtracks as well. Stay tuned for the complete programme.

When? Wednesday 23rd April. Doors at 7pm
Where? The Horse Hospital - Colonnade, Russell Square

Raindance Film Club is still FREE. For more information click here
devil_on_horseback The Devil in Whitechapel

"Brutal, urgent, devastating - the documentary THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK demands to be seen as soon as possible and by as many viewers as possible" - New York Times

To mark the release of the powerful documentary THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK, Dogwoof and The Aegis Trust have organised a screening and discussion panel at 6.30pm, Friday 11 April at the Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel, London.

Using the exclusive photographs and first hand testimony of former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK takes the viewer on an emotionally charged journey into the heart of Darfur, Sudan, where an Arab-run government is systematically executing a plan to rid the province of its black African citizens.

Click here to book tickets.
Alumni II

Another Raindance alum contacted us this week:

Hey Guys

Just letting you know about a former screenwriting student's award.

I wrote and produced an 8-part doc series called 'Amazon Heartbeat' which won an award at The New York Television Awards.

And one of our competitors - 'Taxi to the dark side' - won an Oscar.


Robert Beedham
michelangelo Quote

"If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn't call it genius."

Michelangelo, on the paintings in the Sistine Chapel
Working the Net

Got something? Need something? Let us know - email



Are you an up-and-coming filmmaker with at least two years' experience in your field?

Have you got the talent and passion to succeed but need high-level contacts to get ahead in the industry?

Would you benefit from the support of an established film industry pro?

If so, Guiding Lights could be for you.

Following the success of the first Guiding Lights mentoring programme, we are again looking for 25 emerging film professionals to match with top industry talent.

Successful applicants will benefit from 12 months of one-to-one mentor support from the best in the business. Filmmakers and industry professionals who have agreed to act as Guiding Lights mentors include Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum), Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), Nira Park (Shaun of the Dead), Mark Herbert (This is England), David Yates (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Julia Short (Verve Pictures), Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal) and Cameron McCracken (Pathé).

We are currently seeking applications from filmmakers across all sections of the community and from a range of film industry disciplines. Directors, producers, screenwriters, cinematographers, talent agents and professionals working in sales, distribution, exhibition, marketing, publicity and business affairs are all eligible to apply.

Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse Arts & Training, and is part of 'A Bigger Future', the UK film skills strategy set up by Skillset and the UK Film Council to address skills development across all job roles in film. The scheme is primarily funded by the Skillset Film Skills Fund, supported by the National Lottery through the UK Film Council and the film industry through the Skills Investment Fund.

Application Deadline: 5pm, Tuesday 29th April 2008

Further information:

Actors Wanted

Looking for actors to play the following parts in a 10 minute short film (supernatural thriller), to be shot in Berkshire soon!

Caucasian male age 25-30 years old to play a schizoid gardener
Caucasian male 30-40 years old to play a successful bussinessman and father
Indian female 28-38 to play the role of a grieving mother who has lost a baby recently, but has another living child.

Any one interested to contact Narinder on 07846865242 or email


URGENT: DoP Needed

Low budget film in Cornwall seeking DoP for short Drama CHROMATIC TRAUMA.

Enigmatic story:
lost minded characters trying to reconnect with the outside world.

(red/green atmosphere/strobe light)

Will cover travel costs + accommodation.

Shooting date from 20/24 April.

contact Herve

Alumni III

And there's more...

Hi my name is Jason Impey and I attended your Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking class back in 2004 which really inspired me. I thought I would let you know that it has been a great help, and I have now gone on to make 10 feature films, which I have gained distribution for and really boosted my film career. Thanks guys.



J.I. Productions
pound1 Competition

If you want a pair of free tickets* to see a one-off cult double bill of POUND (1970) & FRITZ THE CAT (1972) at the Barbican Centre...

..then answer this question:

Which infamous Hollywood actor made his debut in Pound, playing a puppy?

* Two pairs of tickets are to be given away in this competition.

For more information, click here:
* Dope Sheet

AKA: Camera Report
A list of scenes from the script that have already been filmed, or a list of the contents of an exposed reel of film stock. An accurate dope sheet is the responsibility of the assistant cameraman.

Until next week,
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Joe Pearshouse and the Raindance team
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In Memory Of Charlton Heston and Klaus Dinger

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Raindance goes to Toronto!
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99 Minute Screenwriting School Tuesday 29 April
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