Thursday, May 01, 2008


Film Books by Raindance tutors
these books are available on Amazon

It's a Bank Holiday this weekend in the UK - a perfect excuse to bone up on a little reading, no matter where you are.

We now have offices in Toronto and New York City.

I dont think I need to tell you how proud Raindance is of our cutting edge training programme in writing, directing and producing.

I was looking throught the Raindance archives today - when I realised that we have had some of the most interesting and inspired filmmakers teaching at Raindance - and who have written some of the best books on writing, producing and directing independent films.

Here is a selection, all of which will get to you through the British Bank Holiday, and for those living outside the UK - some great books to help you through the weekend.

Anatomy of Story John Truby's Anatomy of Story
John Truby's ground-breaking work as a writer, filmmaker and teacher over 25 years in LA has made his brand new book one of the hottest properties in Hollywood.

At the moment, a hard copy book is available on Amazon for less than £15/$30, making this an ideal gift.

John Truby teaches 22 Step Story Structure at Raindance. His class a few weeks ago in London drew rave after rave. Don't miss out - get his book.
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Producers Lab Raindance Producer's Lab

Elliot Grove's weighty tome is on the reading list of most of the top film schools in America where it is considered about the very best all-encompassing book on filmmaking. Everything is discussed from script to finance to shooting to sales and distribution.

Elliot's landmark class, Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking returns to London on Saturday/Sunday 21/22 June in London, 28/29 June in New York, or 1/2 November in Toronto.

Or check out his 99 Minute Film School on May 29 in London.

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Screen Acting Patrick Tucker's Secrets of Screen Acting
Patrick Tucker shares what he has learned in directing over 400 hours of single camera dircting for film and television in America, Denmark, Japan and the UK.

A practical no-nonsense guide.
UK Amazon
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Patrick's dynamic weekend class, Hands On Directing for Film and Television is next on Saturday/Sunday 5/6 July. There is no better course to learn the grammar of directing.

99 Minute Film School
You can't learn about filmmaking in 99 minutes, can you?

You may have heard about the excellent Rainance training programme. Here's a great way to try us out!

And as a special bonus, get the Audio CD Breaking Into The Industry, worth £15/$30 absolutely free
London: Book Online Here
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Writer's Journey Christopher Vogler's Writer's Journey

What started out as a 12 page memo for Disney development executives has been turned into the biggest selling screenwriting book in the history of cinema - dwarfing Robert Mckee's Story.

Chris Vogler is a master storyteller, a mystic philosopher and has created this indispensible book.
UK Amazon
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Voglers next London class, The Writer's Journey, is in London summer of 2009.

Save The Cat Blake Snyder's Save The Cat

Blake Snyder's first trip to Raindance in November 2007 was a ground breaking and seminal class in screenwriting. His novel approach to strucuture and genre (his recently published second book is Save The Cat Goes To The Movies) is the freshest appraoch to structure and many who have read his book, swear by it's simplicity.

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Blake's Screenwriting Weekend will return to Raindance in the fall, 2008.
Opportunities for Writing Low Budget and IPTV

Special Event New York City only June 27th 7-9pm
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Dov Dov S-S Simen's Reel To Deal

Dov's revolutionary 2 Day Film School was the first ever Raindance course way back in 1992. Love him or loathe him, his screaming bluesman like holler will either piss you off or get you moving to success.

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Famously taken by Tarentino and a host of other now-successful filmmakers, his next 2-Day Film School class is on Saturday/Sunday 5/6 July

Creating Emotion David Freeman's: Creating Emotion in Games: The Art and Craft of Emotioneering

You don't need to be a video gamer to get lot's out of this visually stunning book.

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David's next London redition of Beyond Structure will be in September 2009.
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John Truby's 9 Elements of a Great Film
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Blake Snyder's Transformation Machine
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UK FILM FINANCE HANDBOOK Adam Davies' How To Fund Your Film

Adam Davies and Nic Weistrich have put together a terrific handbook on UK film funding. Hundreds of places to go to fund yuor short, feature or documentary

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Adam teaches the Basic Legal Contracts class at Raindance in London. next class is on Tuesday 29 July 6:30 - 9pm

Breaking IntoThe Film Industry Breaking Into The Film Industry
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Or FREE with the 99 Minute Film School: London
Or with Creating A Business Plan in Toronto
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Rydall's book Derek Rydall's There's No Business Like Soul Business

LA's favourite script doctor and script readr, Derek Rydall, has a clear and dynamic approach to story developement. His learning is useful to stroytellers, screenwritiers and development executives alike - a rare combination.

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HotScript Elliot Grove's Write and Sell the HOT Script
Few people have worked with more filmmakr and screenwriters than Elliot Grove. This, his first book, has sold over 20,000 copies in 22 countries.

Elliot's style has been lauded as clear and concise, and this book has also been labeled 'the most under-rated screenwriting book of the past 15 years' by LA BIZ.

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Elliot teaches Write and Sell the Hot Script in London and Toronto, and the Writers Foundation Certificate in London. In his spare time he runs Raindance, and

I hope you enjoy this list of useful books.

Let us know if there is anything else you have found that you think is excellent. You can reach us at

Best for the Holidays,

The Raindance Team
What is Raindance?

Raindance was founded in London England in 1992.
If you have a film you would like to submit, click here. The deadline is 6 June 08

We have offices in London, and Toronto, and coming soon:New York (summer 08)

Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film in the UK and around the world. Raindance combines Raindance Film Festival, Training Courses and

We also founded the British Independent Film Awards

Raindance spans the full spectrum of the art, craft and business of independent movies - from guerilla style low or no budget productions to big budget indie blockbusters.

We don't Teach Filmmaking. We make filmmakers.

Our training courses are at the heart of the Raindance structure, aiming to give individuals the tools to get out there and start shooting their film. We combine the best filmmaking traditions with new digital technology - a policy that works. In the last twelve months, over 3,000 filmmakers - writers, directors, producers, actors, agents, film and media students - attended our courses.

Raindance Alumni Include:

Sasha Baron Cohen wrote and starred in BORAT
Alison Owen produced BRICK LANE
Ken Marshall produced LONDON TO BRIGHTON and THE COTTAGE
Mark Ezra produced WAKING NED and wrote 8 other produced scripts
Charles Steel produced THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
Philippa Braithwaite produced SLIDING DOORS
Paul Brooks produced MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING
Jeremy Bolt produced RESIDENT EVIL
Matthew Vaughn directed STARDUST
Julian Fellowes wrote GOSFORD PARK
Guy Ritchie wrote and directed LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS
Christopher Nolan wrote & directed MEMENTO
Edgar Wright wrote & directed SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ
Simon Hunter directed and shot THE MUTANT CHRONICLES
David Yates directed HARRY POTTER and the ORDER of the PHOENIX

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