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The film directors journey begins with the screenplay. How we connect with and gain insight into the story on the page greatly influences the impact of the film we make. Once we have a vision of the film we also need to make sure we can communicate this to our other collaborators effectively and with the knowledge that the script supports our choices. In order to organise his or her directorial thoughts a director needs to understand the fine art of script analysis. For the writer/director this is doubly necessary. It is all too easy to assume our team understands the story that we know so well. Unless they are psychic or know you intimately this is unlikely to be the case. Learn how to extract the important knowledge you have buried in your brain to help others help you. In this weekend workshop we will look at practical and dynamic approaches to working with the screenplay with a view to sharing our vision with others and in addition develop multi-layered and more engaging storytelling skills as a director.
Established filmmakers will often tell you that writing, directing and producing a film is merely ten percent of the equation. The remaining 90% of a filmmakers effort is finding their independent film distribution. This two-day masterclass is lead by writer/director Simon Hunter and distributor and marketing expert Jonathan Sadler. Together they form an invincible team with over fifty films produced and distributed between them. They worked together on Simon’s award-winning film Edie starring Sheila Hancock.
Saturday Film School has launched the careers of hundreds of British independent filmmakers. The techniques and tools described in this information-packed day are the ones used by filmmakers like Edgar Wright and Christopher Nolan. It has been taken by over 15,000 filmmakers and screenwriters worldwide.
Of course, we cant teach you everything there is to know about filmmaking in 99 minutes, but you would be surprised how much you can learn about making films and the film industry in just a single evening. The 99-minute film school will run through the core essentials you will need to make a film and create a plan to launch your career, with dozens of tangible tips on everything from sourcing your film crew, marketing your film and finding work on film sets.
The Raindance Open House is your opportunity to experience a real taste of our world-renowned evening & weekend film training courses, classes and workshops. Attending our Open House will allow you to learn more about the different filmmaking disciplines and crafts through sample lectures and workshops delivered by experienced film professionals over the day. Attendees will leave with an introductory knowledge of the many filmmaking disciplines taught by Raindance.
Light is the most important tool available to you when enhancing the atmosphere and mystery of your story on camera. On the shoot, the Director of Photography will spend the greater part of his or her time getting the film lighting set-up to best represent the sceneÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs aesthetic and emotional needs. This basic film lighting class will give you the information you will need on your next shoot. Using a digital camera and a simple film lighting kit, this evening film lighting class will introduce you to the basics of film lighting for moving pictures, with emphasis on working on the low-budget digital formats.