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5 Career Tips For Filmmakers

By Elliot Grove

The film industry is fiercely competitive. It's very easy for anyone talented to get discouraged.

Here are some hints and tips from Raindance:

1. Learn how the business flows

 Understanding how the basic power and money flows in the industry is a basic first step overlooked by many trying to break in.

No wonder they get discouraged!

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2. Learn How To Communicate

 Developing excellent interpersonal communication skills is of utmost importance. Learn how to convey your passion for your project to potential investors, crew and talent. Learn the key industry buzzwords, and know when to use them.

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3. Know What You Want

Ever notice how the best way to get what you want is to write it down? Then one's dreams have a curious habit a materialising.

But how do you write things down in a meaningful way for your film career. How do you write them down for potential investors.

Read: 5 Steps To Low Budget Success
Read: How Much Is My Film Worth?

4. Practise Makes Perfect

If you want to be a filmmaker, you have to make films. Raindance's training program focuses on the ways you make films, and overlooks the ways filmmakers make excuses for not making films.

Raindance is fully aware of the digital revolution that has swept the industry, making blockbuster films like Paranormal Activity possible with minimal budgets.

No other film training programme in the woprls has a highy respected film festival like Raindance.

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Read: 10 Stupid Mistakes Filmmakers Make

5. Understand Marketing

Paranormal Activity, the no-budget film acquired by Paramount, broke the $100,000,000 barrier. The movie has also outsold SAW iV, even though it is playied on 1,000 fewer screens and a fraction of the PR budget. If it goes on to make $120,000,000 it will become the most successful movie in Paramount's history.

Understanding Paranormal's success, like The Blair Witch Project 10 years ago is no fluke, and valuable lessons can be learned by all filmmakers.

Read: 7 Essential Elements To A Press Kit
Read: The 4 Reasons To Attend Film Festivals

There is only one thing missing from these 5 essentials.


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About Elliot Grove

Elliot GroveCanadian born Elliot Grove founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the
British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007, the Raindance Postgraduate Film Degree in 2011 and Raindance Raw Talent in 2013.

He has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films incuding his latest feature film, Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe. Japan and America.

He has written three books which have become industry standards: RAINDANCE WRITERS LAB 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008),  RAINDANCE PRODUCERS LAB (Focal Press 2013) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). His first novel THE BANDIT QUEEN is scheduled for publication next year.

Open University awarded Elliot and Honourary Doctorate for services to film education in 2009.
He is regularly interviewed. Here is an interview for Canadian television

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