Thursday, June 26, 2008

Online Fake Shemp

the online fake shemp* of independent film
the 26th June 2008 edition
You can read this online if you prefer
This week
Don't Miss
Pitching Skills Workshop
Festival Update
We Apologise
Smooth Negotiating
Free Article
Paid Work
4 Types of Filmmakers
Sexual History
Work it
Special Deal
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We are in Edinburgh Film Festival today, the 26th.
Live!Ammunition! is at 7:30pm. Happy Hour from 6:30pm at the Delegates Centre.

See you there, or see you square.

With the election in Zimbabwe tomorrow looking like a travestry, how about Democratic Movies?

Brendan O'Neill has written an interesting article on how he has been raising money and making movies online.
Don't Miss

Have you seen In Seach Of A Midnight Kiss yet?

Our '07 Festival comments about the movie have made it onto the poster: The best American indie since Clerks.

Shot for the price of a top end laptop computer.

And it's been held over for a second week.

Last Chance Dov Simens

Dov Simens has decided to hang up his skates. His 2 Day Film School is presented for the last time on July 5/6.
telephone Low Budget Shooting Tip

If you want to get actors for your short or feature, you need to contact them. Getting actors' agent's details used to be difficult. Not any more - thanks to a terrific service called

This service has been around for quite a while. It is excellent - we have used it many times. It's no longer free. But for a few bucks you should be able to get the up-to-date contact details you need to get you going.
Rolodex One Night Stand For Filmmakers

Are you getting ready to shoot? Or getting ready to present your project to investors? If so, then you should get your budget and schedule together, cos you are going to need it.

What: Budgeting and Scheduling
When Tuesday 8 July 6:30 - 9:30pm
Where Arts Theatre, near Leicester Square Map
How Much Just £30 (Raindance members pay just £25.50 - find out how to join)
Call 0207 287 3833 to register or Book Online Now
Raindance Logo Raindance Film Festival Update

To all of you who have submitted films to the festival we thank you for choosing Raindance. It's now down to our team of programmers to work their way through the mountain of DVDs to determine the lineup for this year's festival.

We expect to inform you by the 29th August. Please do not call/email us before this date as our programme will not be finalised. We thank you in advance for your patience.

We will be looking for festival volunteers in the run-up to this year's event, to help out with everything from marketing to box-office handling, goody-bag stuffing and more. If you're interested in getting involved, keep an eye on the website as more information about specific roles will be posted soon.

The next Raindance Film Club will be held on Wednesday 23rd July at The Horse Hospital, Russell Square. Doors, as usual, will be at 7pm. Details of next month's film to follow soon...
"Raindance sincerely apologises for the publication of a letter published in the 19 June 2008 bulletin from Carl Schoenfeld to the editor of Screen International. A blind copy of the letter was sent to Raindance as a courtesy, so it was therefore published in error. Raindance wish to apologise further for any embarrassment this may have caused either party."

We have been so busy here at this week. If you, like us, only have a few moments to spare to watch something online, we recommend the World's Shortest Film Festival - Part 1 and
Part 2! With seventy short films in under 25 minutes, these two 'film festivals' are the quickest and easiest way to relax and enjoy any moment you have! Check them both out right now!

See Shane Meadows' 60 second rant here
tongue tied Smooth Negotiating

Never ever again get tongue tied when your back is against the wall.

Learn to pitch like the pros.

The Essentials of Pitching - a 3-part article
So You Want To Be Discovered?

We have 5 Fabulous Interns at the moment, all waiting to be discovered. This is Abiola's account of how she plans to tackle the mountain of fame and fortune.

Film Commission

Member Nicola Hollinshead's first career is acting. Many of you may have follwed her critcally acclaimed tour as the lead in Shirley Valentine. This week she's helping out a friends project. The Private Equity Foundation (PEF)has 15K to give to someone who can come up with a film that demonstrates how their charity can help get young people into film. Theirr mission is to empower young people to reach their full potential. We do this by investing both money and expertise from the private equity community, to help excellent charities achieve a step-change in their impact.

Purpose of commissioning films
- To show at PEF's annual reception in February 2009
- To demonstrate PEF's involvement with our charity portfolio, at the most practical level
- To help PEF's members and supporters understand the issues faced by disadvantaged young people in the UK
- To persuade people to give, and continue giving, to PEF.

The should be a 'public education' quality piece with a strong emotional content.

PEF will work closely with the film team to identify the appropriate portfolio charities and stories to cover.
Length 5 - 7 minutes
Budget: £15,000

Next Steps
Please send your response to this brief, no longer than two A4 slides, by 5pm on Monday 30 June 2008 to Julie Nesbitt at the Private Equity Foundation: They aim to set up meetings with interested organisations the following week to discuss ideas and take proposals forward.

CinemaThe 4 Types of Filmmakers

Hmmm. Just four? Read on.
Chris Wiatt Alumni

A huge congratulations to Chris Waitt whose new film, A Complete History of My Sexual Failures is set to open in the UK this Friday.

Chris attended several Raindance courses for writing, and directing.

His shorts have played in previous Raindance Film Festivals. Support Chris, and support his film. See it in a cinema this weekend. We saw it in Cannes. It is hilarious, touching, witty and heartfelt. A rare combination.

Check out the excellent offical website.
James Cameron Quote

"The film industry is about saying "no" to people, and inherently you cannot take "no" for an answer."

- James Cameron

Working the Net

Producer wanted - Aspiring screenwriter, Melanie Hunter is looking for any producers who may be interested in taking on a new project. She has a number of short, low budget scripts and an award winning feature screenplay available for production. Melanie will be in London, and available for meetings on Sunday 13th July 2008 and is available to contact via the following email address: Synopsis information and any further details available on request.
Member Nicola Hollishead, one of the most exciting new actresses, invites you to see her work in a new comedy 35 minute two hander at
King's Head theatre, 115 Upper street , London , N1 1QN, box office 020 7226 1916
Tickets £6/£5
The show lasts approx 35 mins.

Recent work has been with Julie Walters in BBC2's new comedy FILTH: THE MARY WHITEHOUSE STORY (May 2008) and playing SHIRLEY VALENTINE, the one woman show with TNT, Dublin in a highly successful 8 week run and tour of Ireland, which picked up excellent five star reviews...
" the performance of any actors life..."
Gerry Colgan, Irish Times...
" will rarely see a better solo performance"...
Michaelf Moffatt, Irish Mail on Sunday
Barry wants a job - but he needs to send it here


Terry wants your money - but he needs to send it here


Candice wants it all - but she needs to send it here
Truby 2008 The Blockbuster Season

The Blockbuster season is synonymous with summertime, big budgets -- and the myth genre.

Myth is used in more Blockbuster films than any other form, and it is always combined with one or two other genres as a means of updating old myths to current day.

Iron Man, Indiana Jones and the upcoming films The Dark Knight (written and directed by Raindance alumnus Chris Nolan) and WALL-E all follow the story beats of the myth genre.

Read some breakdowns here
Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Iron Man
3stooges * Fake Shemp
AKA: Shemp

Anyone appearing on screen whose face is not seen (either because of heavy makeup or camera angles) and who has no lines; can include stand-ins and extras.

The term originated with Sam Raimi and his colleagues, who borrowed it from Hollywood lore about a stand-in used to finish Three Stooges films after Shemp Howard's death.
martin_scorcese Trivia Question

When receiving the top award from the Director's Guild of America for this film, Martin Scorsese said that this "is the first movie I have ever done with a plot."

Click here for the answer
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