Thursday, June 05, 2008

Scotch Mist
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the 5 June 2008 edition
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Ewan & Nik Hoots! It's Live!Ammunition!

Raindance has been invited by the Edinburgh Film Festival to put on our world-famous pitching event Live!Ammunition!

It's only just been confirmed so we don't have details of the panelists for you yet, but we do know it'll be held in the Delegate Centre Bar, somewhere in Edinburgh, on Thursday June 26, from 7.30pm.

If you're attending the festival, come along, pitch your idea, and then celebrate your victory at the afterparty with free beer courtesy of Shooting People and Wallflower Press.

You don't need to book, just turn up, but you will need a Festival Pass.

More info soon.

Haven't seen footage of the last one yet? Click here
Indie Tip

Ever wondered how someone is able to use that Cannibal Corpse song for the perfect love scene? Well here are all the ins and outs of how you too can use all the songs your little heart desires in your film.

Read it here
Coming Up...

WRITE: TV Writer's Lab

Looking at the essentials of story structure in television drama.

Students bring a project to the class, which will be workshopped in the group each session, from its intitial 'idea stage' to the writing of individual scenes.

By the end of the course each student will have a proposal or treatment for their television drama idea.

Starts 9 July, £165+VAT (RD members get 15% off)


PRODUCE: Dov Simens' 2-Day Filmschool

Become a seasoned professional instantly!

Why waste 2 or 4 years at filmschool? Dov S-S Simens (Hollywood's greatest film instructor) cuts right through to the chase and teaches the business of Writing, Producing, Directing, Financing & Distributing Independent Features.

5/6 July, £245+VAT (RD members get 15% off)


DIRECT: Hands-On Directing 1 / Hands-On Directing 2

Part One provides key information and hands-on experience of directing drama for the screen. Students will gain an understanding of screen grammar and techniques for directing actors in the time frame of a shoot.

5/6 July, £250+VAT (RD members get 15% off)


Part Two continues where Part One left off and deals with advanced screen acting, auditions and interviews, advanced staging, screen composition, the single developing shot, different styles of directing and high definition.

12/13 July, £250+VAT (RD members get 15% off)
A Message From Jesse...

Closing date for submissions is 20th June!

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The submission deadline for the 16th Raindance Film Festival is June 19.
My Eyes! RDTV

We rarely indulge that section of our audience who enjoy watching filth. Elliot was saying just the other day that there weren't enough dildoes in the ezine. But we mention Guy Ritchie all the time, was my (predictable) reply.

Feeling kinky? Check out LIBERTY IN RESTRAINT on Babelgum, a documentary going into the world of fetishism and fetish photography, revealing the world of bondage, dominance, and submission.

Or how about PREACHING TO THE PERVERTED now on Joost?
Morally proper computer repairman Peter infiltrates one of London's fetish and S&M clubs to gather evidence for persecution but finds himself falling for sex goddess Tanya Cheex.

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC on Joost follows Spasoje and Cole as they run from an elderly dominatrix with a dildo of exceptional size after answering a dead man's mobile phone.
Film Finance HandbookDeal of the Week

Raindance tutor, lawyer, film finance consultant and all round knowledgable chap Adam P Davis has co-written The Film Finance Handbook, a guide to getting your film funded.

Described variously as "fantastic", "comprehensive" and "highly recommended" by the kinds of people who get asked to write these kinds of things, this is a book that is clearly essential reading.

And guess what? Because of your love of Raindance, you can get it cheap.

Click here to find out more
Smooth Negotiating

Raising Money?

Try the UK's fantastic Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) which offers 3 different kinds of tax relief to private investors.

Read more here
movieScope Indy Filmmaking

The latest issue of movieScope Magazine features exclusive interviews with not just 1, but 4 veteran filmmakers of INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL: screenwriter David Koepp, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, editor Michael Kahn and producer Frank Marshall. That's in addition to all the usual content including acting, directing, independent film, distribution and film finance.

And until July 31st, anyone subscribing to the magazine will be automatically entered into our draw to win an Asus EeePC. Weighing in at less than 900 grams, this small portable is fully Wi-Fi enabled; ideal for writing while on the move or keeping in touch with your production.

Visit for more info
think sync Extension Deadline For Thinksync Films

As with previous years, ThinkSync Films been inundated with phonecalls over the last few days from desperate filmmakers asking for a little more time to complete their short masterpiece - given that the screening event is not until the end of July, they have decided to be so kind as to extend the deadline by a further three weeks as a result. The new deadline is Friday 27 June.

Founded in 2005, the competition brings together independent film makers with independent record labels and publishers, and entrants to the competition submit short films which incorporate one or more tracks downloadable free of charge from

The competition rewards the most skilful and appropriate use of the music within the film, the winner receiving a substantial cash prize at a screening event and party in the summer which will run as part of Rushes Soho Shorts 10th Year anniversary.

So, feel free to check out the tracks on offer and the new but FINAL, FINAL deadline for this year's competition is now Friday 27 June - no exceptions!
TV on your CV 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.
Half-Price Screening

If you happen to live in or around Stirling, the macrobert arts centre is screening BIFA-winning feature The Inheritance on 6/7/8 June.

Writer / Producer Tim Barrow will also be there to answer your questions.

If you want to get in for half price, shout, as loud as you can when booking, 'FILMLIVE! OFFER'.
New Talent

LEONARDO STOLE MY CRAYON by Jane Elson won the 2007 Kings Cross New Writing Award. It is, apparently, a punchy play about young offenders and dyslexia.

A reading will take place on 10 July.

The play has lots of film potential, so I'm told.

For more details e-mail
George Eliot Quote

"Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing. That's my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat."

George Eliot
Let's Get Lost Competition

On June 6th, Metrodome will be releasing Bruce Weber's fantastic OSCAR-nominated film LET'S GET LOST about late jazz great CHET BAKER. To celebrate the release, Raindance are giving away 5 copies of the Limited Edition LET'S GET LOST Poster designed by Bruce Weber himself!

For your chance to win, email: with 'Raindance Poster Comp' in the Subject Field.

What the critics are saying:

"A stunning sensory experience, an intoxicating, poetic study of brilliance" Little White Lies

"Outstanding" Uncut

"A gorgeous gravestone for the Beat Generation's legacy of beautiful-loser chic. Stunning" The Village Voice


Watch an exclusive unseen Chet music video shot by Bruce Weber on LAST FM:
A quick pan from one position to another caused by spinning the camera on its vertical axis and resulting in a blurring of details between the two points.

Sometimes a swish pan is used as a transition by creating a blur and then ending the blur at an action in an entirely different place or time.
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