It’s the 18th edition of ‘the indie-est film festival this side of the Atlantic’
[The Guardian]

The action starts this Wednesday with the Opening Night Gala Jackboots on Whitehall and Afterparty featuring The Airborne Toxic Event and DY Andrew Wetherall.

Here are the events, classes and seminars dealing with important current topics:

99 Minute Film Schools
A series of inflation busting 99 minute classes in key topics:

THE 99 MINUTE…

…Sound School.

10am Saturday 2nd October
Probably the thing most ignored by filmmakers at every level, yet a vital component of every movie. Film is an audio-visual medium and yet so many films are let down by having no understanding of the ‘audio’ part of that dynamic.  This course will cover sound from on set recording to mixing in post, Foley and ADR.
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…Film Scoring School.

Noon, Saturday 2nd October
Music needn’t break the bank. Here we’ll show you the ins and out of finding a composer, licensing music and using stock music. We’ll also give you insights into how music can be used to add production value to your film and how you and your composer can work together at all stages of the filmmaking process.
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…Directing School.

2pm Saturday 2nd October
All directors need to have one key skill and that is being able to communicate clearly and dynamically with their creative and technical teams. ‘Directing Essentials’ will demonstrate effective ways of sharing your vision with your main collaborators, The Producer, Director of Photography and Cast.
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…DSLR School.

10am Sunday October 3rd
Find out the low-down on the cutting edge of camerawork. The new DSLR cameras provide remarkable quality for a very low price. Our expert tutor will take through the principles and practices of the very latest advance in camerawork.
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…Survival for Independent Filmmakers School.

Noon Sunday October 3rd
In 99 Minutes, let Raindance founder Elliot Grove explain how to promote your career, deal with the thorny legal and financial issues facing freelancers, and explain social media for the complete and utter beginner. At the end of 99 Minutes you will know how to develop a game plan for success.
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…Funding School.

5pm Tuesday October 5
Have you ever thought of tapping into funding opportunities from Europe?  Did you know that there is a €20 million a year development fund from European Commission available to all European production companies?  Have you ever wondered how to set up your project as a co-production with European partners?  Are you aware of various co-production markets and pitching forums on the Continent that will help you finance for your project faster?
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…Casting School.

10am Saturday October 9
Where do you look to find actors for your production? How do you run an audition? Can I attract a big name to my little movie? And should I be as scared of agents as I am? These questions and more will be answered, and you’ll learn the horrifying reasons for the most basic casting rule: ‘Don’t cast your friends!’
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…Special FX School.

Noon Saturday October 9
What low-budget horror movie doesn’t need a bucket of fake blood and the odd severed limb? Doesn’t your edge of the seat action movie need a little explosion now and again? Maybe your Indie rom-com needs decapitated body to spice things up a bit? Ok, maybe no the last one, but this class will show you have to put the FX on the screen without blowing up your budget too.
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…Muvizu Animation School

2pm Saturday October 9 [Free event]
What if you could produce an animated short in a couple of hours, not months, relying on skills you’ve already mastered.

You should try Muvizu. Come along and we’ll show you how.
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…Editing School.

10am Sunday Octover 10
What does your editor require from you during the shoot. How can the director work with the editor before, during and after the shoot to make sure the edit runs smoothly. What makes a good cut; how can you increase your editors options;

With Sean Barton, editor of ‘Quadrophenia’ and ‘Return Of The Jedi’
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…Visual FX School.

Noon Sunday October 10
With the phenomenal increase in the power of home computers CGI and VFX are now within the hands of every filmmaker. From adding flashes to mock-up guns to full blown alien invasions this course will show you the basic principles to get your low-budget feature away from the kitchen sink. Even if you don’t think your epic requires visual effects this lecture will show you how modern low cost visual effects can enhance any drama..
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Don’t know where to begin?
How they say “No” in the film industry
or
Can Too Much Film Training Ruin Your Career?
or
Worried about the demise of the UK Film Council? Don’t Panic!
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Raindance Film Festival 2010Raindance Discovery Pass


With the credit crunch taking it’s bite we have devised a money-saving way to attend Raindance

Buy any 10 tickets, pay for 8
£96/64 concs/Raindance Premium Members

+ a 99 Minute Film School of your choice FREE
+ a festival tee (subject to availability)

Only available by calling 0871 220 6000 or attending teh cinema box office in person

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Live!Ammunition!
The famous pitching panel returns to Raindance.

This is it – your chance to pitch your idea for Live!Ammunition!
a movie directly to the people that matter – the people that decide which movie gets made, and which movies get on television and cinemas.

To Pitch – put a fiver in the hat and you have up to 2 minutes to convince the panel to read your script.

What? Live!Ammunition!
When? Monday 5 October 6:30pm
Where? Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, London
How Much? £12/8 concs
(Free to Raindance Premium Members)

Details and tickets:
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Want to brush up?
Read: The 3 Golden Rules of Salesmanship
Read: Ten Top Tips For Live!Ammunition!
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Mike Newell presents the Alexander McKendrick lecture
With a filmography to die for, British film director, Mike Newell’s career has been nothing if not varied: “I hate doing the same thing twice.” Nor has he, with a body of work which stretches from the cobbles of Coronation Street to the sands of Persia, with weddings and mobsters, not to mention wizards, along the way.

We are deeply honoured to welcome Mike Newell to this year’s commerative Alexander Mackendrick lecture.

Tuesday 5 October 6pm Apollo Cinema, London

Details and tickets
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Want a film directing taster?
Try Directing Essentials – a 99 Minute taster class at Raindance Film Festival
(Free to Raindance Premium Members)
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Raindance Film Festival 2010Our Directing Tips

Everyone want to direct. But how to break in? Here are the 9 Routes To Breaking In As A Director

Here’s another great article for directors, this time on the importance of editors

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Making Money Online with Movies Shot on Mobiles
Online Movie Money

Here’s a chance to learn how to get paid for practising your film-making skills, even if the only movie camera you own is the one built into your everyday mobile phone!

What? Online Movie Money
When?
Sunday 3 October noon – 6pm

Where?
St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2HR
How Much? £95.00  + VAT
(Raindance Premium Members
get a 15% Discount)

Call +44 (0)207 287 3833 to register or Book Online Here

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DVDOur Mobile Phone Movie Tips

Free Article: Fundamentals of Mobile Phone Filmmaking
Free Article: Six Things to Look for in a Movie-making Mobile Phone
Free Article: Avoiding Shaky Footage – Stabilizing Your Mobile Phone Camera
Free Article: How to Make a Cheap “SteadyCam” for Mobile Phone Filmmaking

Filmmaking Foundation Certificates
5 Evening Foundation Certificate courses

Get a toe in the door with these information-packed series of introductory courses:

Filmmakers Foundation Certicate
5 Tuesdays starting 12th October 6:30 – 9:00pm
Details and to register

Screenwriters Foundation Certicate
5 Wednesdays starting 13th October 6:30 – 9:00pm
Details and to register

Directors Foundation Certificate
5 Thursdays starting 14th October 6:30 – 9:00pm
Details and to register

Producers Foundation Certificate
5 Tuesdays starting 16th November 6:30 – 9:00pm
Details and to register

Documentary Foundation Certificate
5 Wednesdays starting 17th November 6:30 – 9:00pm
Details and to register

Call +44 (0)207 287 3833 to register

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