Sunday, June 01, 2008

Raindance - the 29 May 2008 edition
the online wilhelm scream* of independent film
the 29 May 2008 edition
About as funny as tertiary syphilis
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Indie Tip

Pre-production is easy. Production is a ball-buster. When you wake up and find 50,000 feet of film or twenty hours of tape by the foot of your bed, what do you do then? The answer, of course, is you start post-production
The Great Depression Beat The Crunch - Embark on a New Career

Want to make a movie and don't know where to start?

Have the film industry demystified in one weekend.

Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking

Learn how to shoot, edit and direct your first feature cost-effectively and develop a plan for submitting to film festivals and distributors.

Ken Marshall (Producer, LONDON TO BRIGHTON), Matthew Vaughn (Director STARDUST) and Christopher Nolan (THE DARK KNIGHT) all took Elliot's Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking weekend.

21/22 June 2008
The Arts Theatre London
£293.75 (249.69 for Raindance members)
Iron Man Truby's Tip

Blimey, our buddy John Truby is busy. He's got Iron Man in his sights this week. What do you think he'll make of that...?

Find out here
What Time Is It, Flav? Late Deadline Is Here!

The late deadline to submit your films is just around the corner and time is running out for you procrastinators!

We're accepting your films until 20th June but get it postmarked to us by Friday 6th June and you'll save on submission fees. Once the deadline is past that's it... no ifs, ands or buts (though I like big buts). We're a pretty liberal organization but when it comes to submission deadlines we're like the Bush family at an NRA rally in Texas.

To submit visit
To use our Film Fetival Toolkit, click here.
Get TV On Your CV!

Win a career-boosting placement at Tim Lovejoy's studios with HP.

Tim Lovejoy has teamed up with HP to offer you the chance to showcase your filmmaking skills to the nation! Because when they see the best 3-minute entry, one lucky winner will get a 6-week placement at, Tim's new internet TV channel.

What's more, you'll be capturing all the behind-the-scenes excitement of the channel launch and using the latest HP kit to cut it into weekly episodes. The winner also gets an HP media PC and monitor for keeps, intensive Avid training and £300 a week!

All you need to do to enter is go online and upload a cracking piece of film showcasing your TV making-making ability. So what are you waiting for?

All entries must be uploaded to by 22nd June 2008.

Entrants must be 18+. Terms and Conditions apply. Visit www.3minutes2launch for full details.
Booth Story RDTV

Babelgum is now showing these shorts:

BOOTH STORY (by the makers of last year's Raindance Festival trailer) is the story of a car park booth attendant's struggle with loneliness, until he finds Albert.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON: a young woman sits on a sofa in the middle of a lake singing an old lullaby, waiting to say goodbye to a loved one.

Also on Babelgum is the feature length documentary 5 ½ ROOFS, that reveals the lifestyle of squatters in London from six different perspectives.
Need Funding?

Screen South Information Day

Information Days give an insight into what Screen South do, the RIFE Open Fund process, along with information on other schemes and funding available. They also provide the best opportunity to have an informal one to one session with a Screen South executive.

We encourage people in the region who are looking to apply for funding to attend an information day.

To register free of charge, please submit 25 words or less about your project/ideas, along with contact details to:

When you register, more details will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

*Please state in your email if you would like to have a one-to-one on the day*

Tuesday 3rd June, Hazlitt Arts Centre, Maidstone
Unseen Stories Unseen Stories

In 2006, Kaitlyn Summerill came to Raindance as an intern. And now she's made a film. More than just a film actually.

Click here to read about her documentary on child trafficking in Benin and the Unseen Stories organization.
The Waiting Room Film + Q&A

The Waiting Room is a smart, sexy and insightful drama that explores the machinations of fate and the redemptive power of love (apparently).

It tells the story of two separate groups of friends, partners, colleagues and lovers, living and working alongside each other in South London and yet completely unconnected - until a chance encounter at a train station throws all of their lives onto a different track.

Stars Anne-Marie Duff, Ralf Little, Rupert Graves, Phyllida Law and Zoe Telford, who used to come round my house when we were kids, and try on my mum's make-up. What better recommendation could there be to see it?

Writer/director Roger Goldby and producer Sarah Sulick will be on hand to talk through The Waiting Room's eventful journey from idea to execution.

Monday 2 June, 6.30pm
Cineworld, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1
Indiana Quote

"In 1957 the Communists did not run with crystal skulls throughout the U.S."

- Sergei Malinkovich, a leader for the St. Petersburg Communist Party, confused by the realism of the latest Indiana Jones movie.

"Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett [are] second-rate actors, serving as the running dogs of the CIA," another Party member wrote in a blog entry. "We need to deprive these people of the right of entering the country."
11th Hour Competition

THE 11th HOUR, produced and presented by Leonardo DiCaprio, is a powerful and inspiring environmental documentary, motivating audiences to take personal action against global warming and informing them about practical ways of doing so.

I don't know if that's actually true, but not having seen the film I'm going to have to go by what Warners have sent me. The DVD is available to buy and rent on June 2nd, 2008. But why buy it if you can win it?

Warner Bros have kindly given us 10 (yes! 10!) copies to give away. To win send your name and address to by June 25. On that date, Leonardo Di Caprio will come to the Raindance office and choose the winners personally. If he can't make it, I'll pick them based on a brand new mathematical theorem I made up last week.

Get to it, quick, before we all drown.
Wilhelm Scream *
Originally recorded as a sound effect for the film Distant Drums in 1951 and named after the character who yelped it out, this distinctive scream was archived in the Warner Brothers sound effects library, and was subsequently used in countless films, first simply as a generic stock scream, and later because sound supervisors and directors used it in their films (including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Toy Story and Pirates of the Caribbean) as a sort of touchstone or homage to earlier films.

Though no specific documentation lists the identity of the screamer, sound designer Ben Burtt's research of Warner Brother's recording logs indicates that singer/actor Sheb Wooley is likely the source, as he was one of the bit actors contracted to record sound effects for Distant Drums, and had been known to specialize in yells, laughs, and screams.

For a list of films using the Wilhelm Scream click here
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