This Saturday Film School: One Day Intensive Filmmaking Class from Raindance will give you all the tools you need to establish yourself as a screenwriter, director, producer or filmmaker in one intensive day.
The day takes place on Sat, 20 Jan 2024 10:00 – 17:00 at the Raindance Film Training Centre, 10a Craven Street London WC2N 5PE.
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.
About the Course
The information-packed Saturday Film School will give you the tools you need to establish yourself as a screenwriter, director, producer or filmmaker. Divided into 4 parts, this course starts at the very beginning with Writing the Screenplay before explaining the processes, tools and jobs of actually Making the Movie for whatever budget you can achieve.
After lunch, veteran screen and stage director Patrick Tucker takes the stage to ask So You Want To Direct? His entertaining and revealing session will uncover some of the secrets behind framing and directing actors, followed by Raindance founder Elliot Grove explaining how to Break Into the Film Industry, touching on CVs, pitching, negotiating and personal branding.
“The speakers were amazing. They know their stuff and because of this they immediately put you at ease. The course was fun, engaging and informative. I learnt something new every minute, I just couldn’t get enough! If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than Raindance. It’s the gift from the Gods! “- Stephen Rae
Who is it for?
The Saturday Film School is the ideal class for anyone wanting to get to know the film industry, whether they have previous experience or not. Taken by thousands of students around the world, it’s Europe’s most popular filmmaking class. At our classes we regularly see:
- Passionate young newcomers looking to break into the film industry
- Interested fans coming to see what it’s all about
- Independent filmmakers seeking inspiration and clarification
- Film Industry professionals looking for a new direction
- Other industry professionals hoping for a new career!
This event is aimed at adult audience. Under 16s must be accompanied by paying adults
“The relaxed atmosphere and the welcome from the tutors. It was a very encouraging and inspiring day with lots of helpful hints and tips and I did not want to leave at all!” – Lorraine Briggs
What will I get?
Every attendant is provided with a 16-page handout containing filmmaking tips, tricks, resources and more. The day after each participant will receive a followup email with additional links to valuable information about movies and filmmaking.
10:00 – 11:30am Writing The Screenplay with Elliot Grove
Have you ever had an idea for a movie?
Let Elliot Grove help you get that idea onto the page by explaining to you the basic principles of writing screenplays, and demonstrating the powerful storytelling tools used by the professionals.
- Finding an idea
- Creating memorable characters
- Playing with story structure
- Copyright and legal basics
- How movies are bought and sold
“Elliot Grove. The fact that he presented the course himself and didn’t send his deputy. I like his non-nonsense, myth-breaking approach, and his geniune encouragement for new filmakers to just get in there and just do it.” – Sharon Coote
11:45 – 1:00pm Making the movie with Elliot Grove
Making movies is not complicated. It is hard work.
We tell you how movies are produced and will give dozens of shooting tips that will save you money and make it easier to get your movie made.
- Creating a budget
- Choosing a camera
- Shooting on locations
- Securing permissions for shooting in public
- Guerilla filmmaking
“The Saturday film school course was practical, engaging, honest and encouraging. Conveyed with openness and a nice sprinkling of humour. Speakers interacted well with the audience, providing a clear emphasis on collaboration and utilization of skills within the room. I’d say it was the perfect intro. I’ll be back… and better than before!” – Deborah Ghayas
1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00 – 3:45pm So you want to direct? with Patrick Tucker
Why is it that everyone want to direct, but no one ever takes the time to learn how?
Our tutor Simon Hunter is a veteran of the British film industry and will outline the principle basics of directing, and how to get the actors and crew to do what you want.
- Basics of film directing
- Crossing the line
- Camera placement and why it is important
- Communicating with your cast and crew
4:00 – 5:00pm Breaking Into the film industry with Elliot Grove
If you would like paid work in the film industry, this is the session for you. Elliot’s back and teaches how to prepare yourself for work as a writer, producer, director, technician, editor or art director.
- Showreels and CVs explained
- Choosing your field
- Marketing and promoting yourself
- Negotiating pay and what you can expect to earn
5 – 7 Networking drinks
We retire to a nearby bar for networking drinks.
[This event has become very popular – bring lots of business cards and find a collaborator]