Joe Pearshouse

Dan Martin will guide you through a comprehensive list of special effects, tailored for low to no budget horror and action films. Read more Raindance Course: SFX For Low Budget Film




at the

Edinburgh International Film Festival

followed by an


hosted by

Shooting People and Wallflower Press


26 June 2008, Delegate Centre, Edinburgh




This is it! Your chance to pitch your movie idea directly to a panel of top British film executives. These are the people who matter. They are the people who buy and develop scripts – they are the people who decide what will be made and what won’t.


Live!Ammunition is Raindance’s now-legendary pitching event. Where else would you have the undivided attention of not just one, but FIVE people who could help get your film made?


Past panellists include Charles Steel, Menhaj Huda, Norma Heyman, Roger Corman, Nik Powell, Ewan McGregor, Sally Caplan, Tracey Scoffield, Steve Gaydos, Matthew Vaughn, Shane Meadows and Matthew Dench.


To pitch, just drop a fiver in the hat and the floor is yours. You have up to two minutes to convince the panellists to read your script or make your film. They can and will gong you off if you are boring. The best pitch will win all the money in the hat, and, who knows, could be picked up for development.


To see our last Live!Ammunition go to www.tiscali.co.uk/entertainment/film/raindance-festival/

(go to the box headed ‘Latest From The Festival’ and scroll to Raindance Festival Highlights 16)


After the event, celebrate your victory or drown your sorrows with free drinks at our afterparty hosted by Shooting People and Wallflower Press, who will also be celebrating the launch of their new quarterly film magazine, Electric Sheep.


The event starts at 7.30pm and is free entry.


Open to all EIFF pass-holders. Arrive early to guarantee entry.


Panellists tbc


About Raindance


Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film in the UK and around the world. Raindance combines its high-profile annual film festival with an extensive range of training courses taught by industry experts, along with a production arm and the prestigious British Independent Film Awards. Raindance spans the full spectrum of the art, craft and business of independent movies, from guerilla-style low or no-budget productions to big budget indie blockbusters.


Check out Shooting People at www.shootingpeople.org


Read the online version of Electric Sheep at www.electricsheepmagazine.co.uk




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hotaru-300x225Since 1998, Raindance Film Festival has continued in its strong support for Japanese filmmaking, with its Way Out East section the largest annual showcase for new Japanese cinema in the United Kingdom, screening at least ten recent features and documentaries annually. The 17th Raindance Festival, held between 30 September - 11 October 2009, this year turns its spotlight on the rising number of women filmmakers in Japan, with a special selection of five features and one shorts program from some of the country's most exciting talent.

raindancelauriersmallDirector Momoko Ando will be in attendance to introduce the World Premiere of her debut feature, A PIECE OF OUR LIFE - KAKERA -. The film, scored by Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, is a touching portrait of a romantic relationship between Haru, a college student whose relationship with her self-centred boyfriend is going nowhere, and Riko, a bisexual medical artist who makes prosthetic body parts. Born in 1982, Ando is the daughter of the acclaimed actor-director Eiji Okuda and the sister of rising starlet Sakura Ando (LOVE EXPOSURE, AIN'T NO TOMORROWS). A former student of the Slade School of Fine Art, her return to London to present her new film promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Read more 17th Raindance Film Festival premieres new Japanese films and spotlights Japanese women directors

From Raindance's Joe Pearshouse

The Box Office of the 17th Raindance Film Festival (30 September - 11 October 2009) opened on 15 September and some screenings are already sold out.

New this year: Raindance opens the Raindance Film Cafe on 2nd Oct for seminars/masterclasses/networking and live music events. Raindance's famous pitching event LIVE!AMMUNITION! as well as 'Plug and Play' - chances for you to screen your own work will also be held at the Cafe.

Highlights of this year's screenings include COLIN, the 45-pound micro-budget Zomebie feature and Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Che, Sex, Lies and Videotape) 's highly anticipated new feature 'The Girlfriend Experience'.

Read more 17th Raindance Film Festival Box Office Open

raindancelauriersmallFrom Raindance:

The final deadline for the 17th Raindance Film Festival is 19 June.

Raindance is the UK’s leading independent film festival and each year more and more films achieve success after Raindance screenings. Recent triumphs include IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS (Independent Spirit Award-winner, 2009), TOYLAND (Oscar-winner, Best Short 2009) and ONCE (Oscar-winner, Best Song, 2008).

Over the years, the festival has hosted such guests and filmmakers as Christopher Nolan, Shane Meadows, Ken Loach, Marky Ramone, Iggy Pop, Anton Corbijn, Mick Jones, Andrea Arnold, Adam Yauch, Quentin Tarantino, Faye Dunaway and Lou Reed.

But we’re here for the little guys too. Our big-name successes ensure that attention is on the whole programme. Everyone’s looking for the next big indie hit. Our audience of film fans, journalists, acquisition executives, actors, producers and directors know that a screening at the Raindance Film Festival is a sign of quality.

If you think your film has what it takes to make Raindance ’09 then submit your film before 19 June 2009.

For more details, visit www.raindance.co.uk/site/festival-submissions-2009

Read more Deadline for 17th Raindance Film Festival looming

raindancefestivalpostcardjan2009.jpg17th Raindance Film Festival
30 September - 11 October 2009

  The 17th Raindance Film Festival is now open for submissions. Raindance is the UK's leading independent film festival and takes place annually in London's West End.

Raindance showcases features and shorts made by independent filmmakers from all around the world to an audience of film fans, journalists, acquisition executives, actors, producers and directors. Nearly 2000 films were submitted for last year's festival, of which just over 200 were screened. Festival admissions were up over 40%.

Films can be submitted via Withoutabox.com, the world's first site dedicated to film festival submissions. Simply visit the Raindance page at Withoutabox, create a login name, fill in the info about your film, submit an online press pack, and send us your DVD in the post. Alternatively, go to the Raindance website, download, fill in and send us the submission form

Read more 17th Raindance Film Festival Open For Submissions

shooting-people.jpgRaindance presents on June 26th at 7.30pm

Live!Ammunition! at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

followed by an afterparty

hosted by Shooting People and Wallflower Press

HAVE YOU GOT A GREAT IDEA FOR A MOVIE? This is it! Your chance to pitch your movie idea directly to a panel of top British film executives. These are the people who matter. They are the people who buy and develop scripts – they are the people who decide what will be made and what won’t.

Read more Raindance presents Live!Ammunition! at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

ewan macgregor Live! Ammunition is Raindance’s now-legendary pitching event where your idea for a movie can be heard by the people who matter. Where else would you have the undivided attention of not just one, but FIVE people who could help get your film made? This year that illustrious crowd includes Ewan McGregor, NFTS head Nik Powell and UK Film Council Premiere Fund head Sally Caplan.

Read more Ewan McGregor Heads Live! Ammunition panel
Best Of The 15th Raindance Film Festival Shorts

From Raindance:

Dogwoof Presents: The Best Of The 15th Raindance Film Festval Shorts

The sixth in the Raindance DVD series, The Best Of The 15th Raindance Film Festival Shorts is a unique collection of innovative short films from the 2007 festival. This eclectic mix includes festival award winners, award nominees, the 2007 festival trailer, and a behind-the-scenes peek of the making of the festival directed by Jonathan Caouette. The Raindance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the UK and continues to discover and foster new filmmakers.

Read more Raindance Film Festival DVD Released

hush.jpgIn Anatomy Of A Reel, director Mark Tonderai and his key heads of department breakdown the first reel of the thriller Hush (Generalrelease: 13 March 2009) from idea to final cut. The reel will be pulled apartand looked at from the perspective of the Writer, Director, DOP, Composer andEditor in their singular effort to create a low budget suspense story with abig budget look. A must see event for anyone interested in the mechanics andart of filmmaking!

Tired and irritable, Zakes (Will Ash) and Beth (Christine Bottomley) drive home along the M1, a familiar journey full of harshly lit service stations and bad coffee. When a white truck narrowly avoids hitting them, its back doors open to reveal a woman terrified and screaming caged up inside. Unsure if what he has seen is real, Zakes calls the police but drives on. Beth is furious that he hasn’t done more to help and at the next petrol station storms off. When she doesn’t return, Zakes slowly realises that she too has been snatched by the white truck driver and is forced into a vicious game of cat and mouse with a ruthless killer who has terrifying plans for his human cargo.


Date: 11 March 2009, Start time: 18h30, Venue: Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue/13 CoventrySt/London/W1D 7DH. Book tickets: £10.00 Go to www.raindance.co.uk or call 0207 287 3833

zebra_crossings.jpgThis month Raindance brings you a free screening of Zebra Crossings. Zebra Crossings premiered in last years Raindance Film Festival and also won an award at the 2008 BIFAs.

Set amongst the towering, concrete-clad estates of south London ‘Zebra Crossings’ blends a mixture of characters that all share onething in common: The incredible loneliness of living alongside 7 million other people.

 ‘Hard-hitting’ would be an appropriate phrase to describe this tale of four south London lads from writer and director Sam Holland. Not only because their lives are depicted completely without compromise but also because these boys solve most problems with their fists. They are the children ofthe council estates, urban thugs with little chance of release from the concrete coliseum that surrounds them.

Read more Raindance Film Club-18 February 09-Zebra Crossings

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RAINDANCE FILM CLUB : Chet Baker Screening


When: May 21

Where: The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury (behind Russell Square tube station) WC1N 1HX.

How much: FREE

RAINDANCE FILM CLUB presents LET’S GET LOST, a documentary about jazz legend Chet Baker.

On June 6, the Oscar-nominated LET’S GET LOST will be released in UK cinemas. Directed by internationally renowned photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber, Let’s Get Lost offers a powerful and uniquely personal insight into the life of the late jazz great Chet Baker.

You can see the film two weeks early at this exclusive Raindance preview screening on May 21 at the Horse Hospital.

Travelling with the elusive jazz vocalist and trumpeter Chet Baker, Weber weaves together the life story of a jazz great. The film uses excerpts from Italian B movies, rare performance footage, and candid interviews with Baker, musicians, friends, battling ex-wives and his children in what turned out to be the last year of his life.

Winner of the 1989 Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award, Let’s Get Lost has become an important document in the career of the filmmaker on the life of a jazz legend.

Since its release in 1989, Let’s Get Lost has introduced a whole new generation of jazz enthusiasts to the timeless talent of the late Chet Baker (trailer after the link)

Read more Free pre-release screening of Chet Baker Jazz doc

Raindance Film Club is great way to see a free movie that you won't find in your neighborhood cinema and have a free beer on Cobra. This month's feature is Exhibit A, winner of the Best UK Feature award at the Raindance Film Festival's closing gala. Exhibit A is a dark family drama that unfolds from the unique perspective of a young girl's camcorder. This film has not yet been distributed in the UK so if you missed Exhibit A at the festival, this is your chance to view it for free.


Read more Film Club: A free night out on Raindance


Course Objectives

To provide 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.


Tutor: Patrick Tucker Venue: Craven St Rehearsal Rooms
Date: 4/5 July Duration: 2 day weekend
Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm Price: £250 + 15% VAT


About This Course

Everyone wants to be a director. If you can create a 'look' for your film, your career will rocket. 

But why do so many British feature films, especially those by first-time directors, fail to achieve this important artistic success? When the technique needed for visually pleasing single-camera direction is so basic, why do so many directors fail to make the right choices? And when actors can add so much to a production, why don't directors take the time to ensure that their actors perform to the best of their abilities? 

This intensive seminar teaches you the secrets of maximising performance from the cast while realising the importance of the ultimate audience - the camera. Learn how to direct on-time and on-budget, get the results you want and keep the producers happy. Single camera shooting techniques are explored in depth. Students will be given a number of exercises to undertake, including the opportunity to participate in directing a short dramatic scene which will be critiqued by Patrick Tucker. 

Tucker illustrates his points throughout with handouts and examples from Film and Television. There will be practical demonstrations and hands-on exercises using a professional digital camera. 

Day One: The Grammar Of Directing

  • Shooting techniques
  • Roots and reasons for selecting a camera style
  • The grammar of single camera placement
  • Style: approaching the script in an individual way
  • Shooting script: developing your visual shorthand
  • Planning: reading and analysing the script
  • Turning Points: finding the key dramatic moments
  • Storyboarding versus the scene sheet
  • Screen geometry and grammar
  • The 'Line': what it is and how to avoid crossing it
  • Lenses: eyelines, hitting the mark, blocking, the 'look'
  • The frame: the 'hot' area, acting in the frame
  • Long, medium and close-up acting

Day 2: Working With The Camera

  • The Camera: the audience and camera movement
  • Directing the actor's voice: creating screen intensity
  • The Edit: shooting coverage, thinking in advance
  • Shooting tips: save money and create a special 'look'
  • Etiquette: organising the shoot and actors professionally
  • Crew: maximising human resources
  • The Showreel: a director's resume
  • Video Clips: examples of good and bad directing
  • Directing Actors: communicate effectively with talent
  • Career opportunities
  • Picture composition
  • High definition video



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Whether you’re a screenwriter, producer, director, executive or movie fan, two-time #1 bestselling author Blake Snyder (Save the Cat! and Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies) will show you — from concept to structure to execution of specific scenes — how the magic of story comes alive through tried and true techniques storytellers have known for centuries. Blake has mastered the art of writing and selling scripts to Hollywood, and now teaches others.

Read more Save The Cat! Save Your Script!