Date: 10th November 2006

Filmmaking Course at Raindance

Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking Course at Raindance – 2nd / 3rd December 2006

Film schools teach filmmaking. Raindance makes filmmakers. The original pioneer of independent filmmaking in the UK, Raindance courses have inspired a whole generation of filmmakers including Christopher Nolan (writer/director Memento), Julian Fellowes (writer Gosford Park) and Guy Ritchie (writer/director Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels)

Christopher Nolan’s new film The Prestige opens in UK cinemas this Friday. Chris took Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking and Write and Sell the HOT Script at Raindance. His first short, Doodlebug screened at Raindance Film Festival in 1997, and his first two features, The Following and Memento also screened at Raindance. So don't miss out! Book your place on the Lo-To-No budget filmmaking course now…

Course: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking
Tutor: Elliot Grove
Date: 2nd/3rd December 2006
Time: 9.30am-6.00pm
Venue: Diorama D3
Duration: 2 Day Weekend
Cost: £225 + VAT
To book call Raindance on +44 (0)207 287 3833

Course Objectives
Have the film industry demystified in one weekend. Learn how to shoot, edit and direct your first feature cost-effectively and develop a plan for submitting to film festivals and distributors.

About This Course
Want to make a movie and don't know where to start? There has never been a better time to break into the British film industry. British independent filmmakers are the toast of Hollywood. The successes of Saving Grace, The Full Monty, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill have proven that.

This intensive weekend seminar shows you how to shoot a 35mm colour quality feature film, ninety minutes long with a Dolby stereo soundtrack for as little as £10,000. We did it at Raindance. We made the 35mm feature film Table 5 for just £278.38. Share our first-hand experience in making movies that look great on a minimal budget.

Elliot Grove has developed a clear process that will assist you in producing, directing and selling your first feature film. This is the step-by-step method which launches successful careers. Movies like Pi, The Blair Witch Project, Chuck and Buck, Clerks and El Mariachi were all made using the principles that are demonstrated through lecture and video clips on this course. The writers, directors or producers of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Janice Beard 45 wpm, Lighthouse, Waking Ned, Sliding Doors and Memento have all attended this intensive seminar before making their first films.

A 100+ page workbook full of useful information is given to each participant. If you do not learn enough low budget tips to cover the cost of this course, we will refund you the difference.

This course is part lecture and part group discussion.

Day 1: Make The Movie
Learn a step-by-step process using proven cost-effective, lo-to-no budget filmmaking techniques by considering the best and most efficient ways to produce, direct, shoot and edit a saleable feature film.

›› Pre-Production: getting organised for an efficient shoot
›› Budgets from £500 to £1,000,000 are discussed in detail
›› Proven lo-budget short cuts and faking a million pound budget
›› Using sound and music to enhance production values
›› Getting professional actors
›› The essentials of the art and craft of film directing
›› More than fifty lo-budget shooting tips
›› Avoiding the three big filmmaking mistakes

Day 2: Sell The Movie
Discover the secrets and real facts behind marketing, selling and distributing your finished film throughout the world and the pre-planning you need to turn your movie into this year's cult classic, and yourself into a hot filmmaker.

›› The movie game: presenting your first project to investors.
›› Distribution and marketing
›› Publicity: the essential ingredient to selling your film
›› PR kit: creating an effective package
›› Film buyers and film markets
›› Plotting the film festival route
›› Film financing: executing a strategy for a £50k-£3m budget
›› Honing a workable pitch for your film.
›› The distribution deal

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Source: Press Release