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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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