Friday, May 23, 2008

Rain. Dance.
the online acousmatic* of independent film
the 21 May 2008 edition

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If you can, get to Cannes, that's my advice. Even if it rains (which it did). Even if it's shockingly expensive (oh yes it is). Even if, due to a byzantyne system of passes, it's harder to see a film there than almost anywhere else on the planet.

Mostly though, it's great. Thousands of people turning up to party (yeah, sure, some people do a bit of work there as well, but not, y'know, proper work), determined to meet other like-minded people.

It's like being at an orgy: naturally there are knobs and twats everywhere, and it all makes you feel a little bit dirty, but it's exciting and as long as you don't get stuck with the same arsehole all night, it's good fun.
copyright Indie Tip

What Is Fair Use?

It is essential that writers, directors and filmmakers understand the principles of copyright law. Fair use is a complex law that decides when it is possible to use copyrighted material in a new work.

Read more
job no 2145 RDTV has new content being published on Blinkx today including Job #2145, a door to door saleswoman offers her wares in the Lake District.

If you are looking for a more animated form of entertainment try the animated short Whale, in which a man is unpleasantly woken by a whale on his front steps and Wasp, a computer generated animation that shows what to do with an irritating wasp that's buzzing you when you're at the seaside.

If you want to see lots of films but are short on time, check out Part 2 of The World's Shortest Film Festival on Dailymotion - 30 short films in under 10 minutes!
smart people Intelligent Screenwriting?

Smart People, starring Ellen Page, Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church was released last Friday.

So what does screenwriting expert John Truby think about it?

Find out here
Coming Up

The 99 Minute Filmschool - taster course; you want to make films or not?
29 May, £30/£25

Raindance Foundation Certificates - for beginners, one night a week for five weeks. A solid base upon which to build your filmmaking career:

Filmmakers' Foundation Certificate - starts 3 June, £170.37/£144.82

Writers' Foundation Certificate - starts 4 June £170.37/£144.82

Directors' Foundation Certificate - starts 5 June £170.37/£144.82
British Film Institute Book Signing

Join Film Specific's Stacey Parks, author of The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution for a free distribution seminar and book signing on Monday, May 26 at 6:30pm at the British Film Institute in London.

DATE: Monday, May 26, 2008
TIME: 6:30pm
British Film Institute (BFI)
South Bank
London SE1 8XT
gravestone Where Videos Go To Die

What happens to the videos that are taken off You Tube?

Find out here

Congratulations to Raindance regular Morrison Thomas who sold his short film at the Cannes Film Festival.

Read his story on our Cannnes blog

"An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them."

Stephen Fry
Acousmatic sound is sound one hears without seeing an originating cause.
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In Memory Of June Travis

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