3 Big Mistakes Filmmakers
Make After Their Film
Is In The Can

By Elliot Grove

The lure of making is so demanding, that upon completing your movie, one is normally completely exhausted. There are some serious pitfalls to avoid if you want your film to succeed, and if you want to be able to clear that last hurdle.

1. Uncleared Music Rights

TIn order for a film festival to screen a film, or for a distributor to license or buy a film, the music rights need to be cleared - something a shrewd filmmaker will do before the shooting begins. Music rights can get expensive too, so including a Beatles track in your movie will most likely mean a huge music clearance fee which will encumber the sale of your film. Even your mate who composed some ambient music needs to sign a contract which gives the filmmaker the rights to their music.

lo to no budget filmmaking with Elliot Grove 2. Poor Publicity Stills

Pictures editors at magazines, websites, film distribution companies and film festivals always complain about the poor quality of production photographs that accompany press kits.

Learn how to take excellent photographs - ones that have action in them, not ones looking like they were clipped out of the high school yearbook.

3. Trying to get in Cannes, Sundance or Toronto Film Festivals

There is much talk of the so-called festival route - a route full of starry promises of glory, recognition and money. By all means submit to the big three festivals, but realise that unless you have someone to champion your film to the festival programmers, it probably isn't going to get in.

There are many excellent film festivals around the world, and over the entire breadth of the calendar year Research them, either by attending or looking at www.filmfestivals.com. Submit. Cross your fingers. Remember always that festivals only screen the festivals that they like. Don't take their pink slips personally.

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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


Write and Sell the Hot Script He has written three books which have become industry standards: RAINDANCE WRITERS LAB 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008),  RAINDANCE PRODUCERS LAB (Focal Press 2004) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). His first novel THE BANDIT QUEEN is scheduled for publication in 2011.

Open University awarded Elliot and Honourary Doctorate for services to film education in 2009.

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3 Big Mistakes Filmmakers Make After Their Film Is In The Can