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  • Writer's pictureRachel Harrison

Raindance Saturday Film School

This year one of my goals is to start work on my first short film. Problem is, even though I’ve worked in the media for a while, I have little experience in making a film so I haven’t been too sure where to start.

However, in March I attended BVE, which is a broadcast, production and media tech event. There I heard a talk on ‘Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking’ by Elliot Grove, Founder of Raindance Film Festival. His talk was so informative, inspiring and just what I what I needed so I decided to sign up for their Saturday Film School to take my learning further.

The one I signed up to happened over the weekend gone, which was with Elliot Grove and Patrick Tucker. It involved tips and key rules for writing a winning story, budgeting and ideas on how to save money, key tips on directing and how to ‘cheat shots’ and more. I’m a visual learner so I personally got a lot out of the demonstrations that were done along with the many film examples shown. It was informative, I was able to take notes and was provided with a lot of resources as well.

Overall, It was a great session. It was great to be in a room with like minded individuals with diverse film talent. I left feeling motivated, inspired and ready to start exploring film ideas. I was literally looking out for all the things I learned in a film I watched that eve. So now it’s on me to use what I’ve learnt and get to working on my first short film, which I’m definitely more confident in doing.

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