Independent Film

Seven Challenges Facing Filmmakers

Elliott Grove | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Elliott Grove

All I hear is how terrible the challenges facing independent filmmakers. Coming back from the Cannes Film Festival this spring I ran into two veteran British film producers who between them had produced nigh onto 60 features, been nominated for or won several Oscars and who by any standard are considered to be highly successful...

12 Things Filmmakers Do After A Film Festival

Elliott Grove | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Elliott Grove

Perhaps before you set off to your film festival you should take stock and try and understand why attending a film festival is so important in the first place. Some filmmakers who come to Raindance in the heart of London UK come because they want to see the world, and others come because they want to network.

What Brexit Means for British Film

Elliott Grove | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Elliott Grove

I don't care which side of the political divide you sit on--whether you think the EU is a champion of human rights or simply a front to cover up the excesses of big business. The Leave vote is regressive, reactionary, isolationist and divisive. There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that Raindance rejects all that the Leave vote implies.

The Perils of Automatic Subtitling

Pat Higgins | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

A colleague suggested that the best starting point would be to use a free online service to prepare 'auto-detect' subtitles, which could then be proof-read and edited before being exported and attached to the new version of the movie for Amazon. This seemed like a damn good starting point. It worked! Well, it sort of worked.

The Louis CK Way

Daniel Johnson | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Johnson

It's easy to write off what Louis CK is doing as being a result of his success. Most of us can't afford to hire Alan Alda for an impromptu web-series, but still there are lessons we can learn.

Why You Can't Watch my New Horror Movie

Pat Higgins | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

On January 23rd, we're going to screen the movie for the public for the first time at my favourite film festival in the world, Horror-on-Sea. Then, after that premiere, we destroy that version and never screen it again.

We Made a Mother F#$king Movie...

Claira Hermet | Posted 17.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claira Hermet

I remember wanting to find someone like me. Some one who was in my situation. I wanted to know if we thought the same things, if we felt the same way. Did other people worry about what I worried about? Where they more confident in their decision making?

The Secrets to Successful Filmmaking

Stuart Laws | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Stuart Laws

These days everyone and their DoP are making short films, so it is more difficult to stand out from the crowd and deliver films that truly wow an increasingly tired audience. It's no longer a simple case of sticking a cat in a suit and telling it to improvise, you now have to put effort in.

The Crazy Bitches Guide to Filmmaking

Adam Hamdy | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

A couple of years ago I met filmmaker Jane Clark in Cannes as she was taking the first steps on her journey to make a fun horror called Crazy Bitches

Young People Speak Up, Adults Do (Sometimes) Listen

Alexandra Heal | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alexandra Heal

I have just turned 21. Forget the felicitations; all I see ahead is boring adulthood and inevitably losing my ideals as I start to pay tax. But I don't want to talk about adult cynicism. I want to talk about youthful optimism.

Branded Entertainment Unlocks Funding for Independent Films

Helen Jackson | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Helen Jackson

Independent filmmakers strive to retain creative control, to produce the film they passionately want to make. Arguably loss of this control will always be the result of money clashing with creativity, both pulling in their own directions.

Filmmaking Has Got Too Easy. Maybe We Need More Obstacles.

Pat Higgins | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

At the risk of sounding all "Eeh, in my day it were all fields around here", which is never a good look, (especially when the day you're talking about was only about a decade ago), I think what the new generation of filmmakers need more than anything else is some obstacles.

How Porn Can Help Your Film

Elliott Grove | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Elliott Grove

Many of the advancements in filmmaking and distribution techniques have had their birth courtesy of the porn industry. Filmmakers can improve their techniques, and their financial returns by looking at the lessons learned by their colleagues in the sex industry.

10 of the Best from Loch Ness Film Festival 2014

Leigh Clark | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Leigh Clark

So much can be gained in five to ten minutes, and the The Loch Ness film Festival which begins its fourth annual run at the end of the month celebrate...

Unearthing Cinematic Gems at Sundance London

Tom Linay | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

The Sundance Festival returned to the O2 this past weekend for the third edition of their London offshoot, bringing with them a selection of narrative and documentary features that were successful at their Park City, Utah home in January.

How Not to Suck at Auditions

Pat Higgins | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

Auditions aren't my favourite part of the film business. There's a built-in imbalance to the process, and it's easy for either side to lose sight of what the experience is like for the other party in the room.

Stop the BBFC Killing Independent Film

Pat Higgins | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

In fact, this change of BBFC policy would probably be unnoticed by everybody except small independent distributors and the filmmakers whose films are distributed by them. Filmmakers like me.

Interview with 'Sally the Life Coach' Star Natalie Gumede

Daniel Johnson | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Johnson

But 'Strictly' finished more than two months ago, which in tabloid terms, is a life-time. Which means that the press release we sent out for our comedy web-series 'Sally the Life Coach' was largely ignored. This therefore means, when it comes to doing press for our show, I need to, uh, do it all myself. So here goes...

How Independent Film Kept Me From My Mother's Basement

Elliott Grove | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Elliott Grove

People often say that to learn filmmaking you should go to the big film schools and then get a job at one of the big TV or film studios.By working for a series of small companies I learned skills one could never possibly learn anywhere else...

Raindance 2013 - All Hail Independent Cinema!!

Eva Grzybek | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Eva Grzybek

Independent cinema simply has a lot more heart and honesty than many of the big productions can hope for. Three movies into this year's programme and I can honestly say that thus far I have not been disappointed.

The UK's First WebFest: A Lesson to Modern Filmmakers

Elliott Grove | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Elliott Grove

With web series going mainstream and hype around Netflix's successes at a high, the timing of Raindance's WebFest this year couldn't be better for new filmmakers trying to break into the online industry.

The Fall of the Multiplex

Matt Clough | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matt Clough

Independent cinemas are not going to usurp the multiplex any time soon, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. The major chains are slowly but surely beginning to recognise that their current business practice is losing them patrons, cinefiles or not.

Piracy! Illegal Downloads! Fight! Fight! Fight!

Pat Higgins | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

I'm an independent filmmaker. I've tried a lot of different ways of giving stuff away free over the years. However, shooting movies isn't free, and at some point in the process you need to make sure that someone gives you some money, otherwise you don't get to make any more independent movies.

From Sightseers to Wizard's Way: The Bitter Charm of Bedsit Noir

Jonathan Wakeham | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Wakeham

What makes bedsit noir so very British? American noir, however dark, has guns and dames and wisecracks. Its characters are thwarted in the active pursuit of their dreams, as they chase the Maltese Falcon or plot that one last heist.

Film Review: The Comedy - Tim Heidecker Does Nothing

Philph E. Burbs | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Philph E. Burbs

Never has a film with the plot 'a man does nothing' been so very interesting.