Gift Ideas For Filmmakers

Spring has sprung! Don't get distracted by the new shoots and blooms - get your filmmaker friend a gift.

Or, if you like, each of these items make great self-gifts!

Something For Nothing

The Zero-Budget Software Suite

Just because something is completely free doesn't mean it's not valuable. Give someone the gift of knowing how to save on software for their filmmaking career.

The Zero Budget Software Suite

Open House

Invite someone to our Open House event on the 24th May  2011. Free to everyone, it's the chance to informally meet and network with Raindance filmmakers, tutors, and, last but not least, the Raindance team!

Come and have a drink on us! Get on the Guest List here

£15.00 and Under

Best of 17th Raindance Film Festival ShortsThe Best of Raindance Shorts DVD

We love short films at Raindance. We liken shorts to the laboratory of cinema where filmmakers and screenwriters cvan try out new ideas.

And are our short fabulous - lauded the world over for their freshness and variety.

For the festival fans, a dvd with over 2 hours of the finest short films from the 17th Raindance Film Festival they can watch whenever they want.

Order your own Shorts DVD here

The Dialogue: Interview with Callie KhouriCallie Khourie

Callie Khouri hit a '6' with her very first script: Thelma and Louise.
The  Oscar-winning® screenplay, released in 1991, gave voice to a profound cultural moment and became one of the most provocative cinematic landmarks of the ’90s.

It was the Kentucky native’s first attempt at a screenplay. In this enlightening interview, Khouri describes how spending years doing music video production in the ’80s inspired her not only to write, but to write with a purpose. A passionate activist with a resume that includes Something to Talk About and her adaptation of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, which she also directed, Khouri discusses in detail the pressure of living up to such early acclaim, what it’s like to be a woman in the industry, and how the state of the world around you fuels and shapes your creative mindset.

Order Online Here

Raindance Tee Raindance Tee

Know somebody who's passionate about fashion *and* filmmaking?

Give them our stylish Raindance T-shirt they can wear loud and proud.

Black never goes out of fashion!

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99 Minute Film School

99 Minute Film School

Do you know someone who's interested in filmmaking, but doesn't know where to begin?

Give them the chance to learn the basics and find out how to kickstart their dream career, in just 99 minutes!

99 Minute Film School
Thursday 26 May 6:30 - 9pm
Central London
Just £15.00 including handout and refreshments

Book Online Here

Beginning Filmmaking by Elliot Grove

Raindance Book

The couch-potato friend who wants to learn all about filmmaking from the comfort of their home will be delighted to find Elliot Grove's book under the tree!

Full of pictures and diagrams, Elliot's book explains the entire filmmaking process from script to screen. It also contains over 100 useful and mind stretching exercises that will get you up writing and shooting in no time.

Order Online Here

£25.00 and Under

18th Raindance Film Festival Poster Signed Festival Poster

The perfect gift for either an art collector or film poster fanatic

This image was created by Gee Vaucher is an artist much sought after as an illustrator and painter, perhaps best known for her artwork for the anarchist-punk band Crass.

She has produced two books of her artwork, the first covering her early years and the second examining the relationship between animals and humans. 

Her film Gower Boy, a collaboration with jazz pianist Huw Warren, screened at the 14th Raindance film festival in 2006. The following year she produced the striking poster artwork for the 2007 festival.  We were lucky enough to have her create the poster for this years festival.

Approximately 59cm  x 42cm
One copy of a signed and number edition (of 100)
just £25.00 including shipping

Order Online Here

£50.00 and Under

Raindance Premium Membership

The ultimate gift for the film fanatic: Premium Membership.
Benefits include:
- free script registration
- free events
- training discounts
- special offers
- PIN access to the exclusive online resources

Give Raindance Premium Membership online here or call 02067 287 38

The Power Of Lighting

The Power of Lighting

Lighting is a powerful tool used by filmmakers to add production values to a film shoot.

But do it incorrectly and you can easily destroy both the look of your film and your budget.

This evening class takes you through the basics of film lighting.

More details and Book Online Here

£150.00 and Under

Flip CameraFLIP Camera

At £145, 720 HD, and an 8 gig hard drive, this little beauty is a must.

- See the review video from Computer Now
- See a camera test
- How one blogger got over $20,000 of free publicity using a FLIP

You can get your FLIP HD on Amazon for just £139.99 inc VAT

Perfect for getting those spur-of-the moment interviews to add to your DVD extras.

Order online here 

Maoviemagic Screenwriting Software

Movie Magic Screenwriting Software Software

A really useful tool for the aspiring screenwriter: this software is designed to help the writer brainstorm, outline, write and rewrite, and includes industry standard templates, samples and application to make the writing process smooth and stress-free.

This is the software the professional screenwriters in Hollywood are now using.

Price: £99.95 (Discounted for Raindance Premium Members)

Buy it here. 


British Independent Film Awards

BIFA Afterparty tickets

Called the "film event of the yer' by Timeout, and attended by nearly every single British film heavyweight, this year's BIFA on December 5th promises to be another bumper year.

Confirmed guests include Liam Neeson and Helena Bonham Carter.
Seeral After Party ticketys are still available for Raindance Premium Members at £60.00 + VAT

Login and Book Online Now

£250.00 and Under

Gift Certificate

Some people might be more difficult to buy presents for than others. If you are in doubt as to what they could like, we have the solution: a Raindance Gift Certificate.
Let them choose, and you can't go wrong!

Raindance Gift Certificates

Filmmakers' Foundation Certificate

Do you know somebody who dreams of making a movie?
We have the perfect present for them!  Our Filmmakers Foundation Certificate course will teach them the basics of writing, directing and producing and give them the tools to make their dream come true!

Filmmakers Foundation Certificate
5 Tuesday evenings starting 7 June 6:30 - 9pm
£165.00 + VAT - Raindance Premium Members get 15% discount

Lo To No Budget Filmmaking

In this economy, often the biggest obstacle in an aspiring filmmaker's path is money (or better, the lack of it).

Giving this inspirational course as a present could be the perfect way to encourage the friend/family member who has the perfect idea for a film, but no budget. Who knows? They could be the next Guy ritchie, Christopher Nolan or Edgar Wright - all of whom took this inspiration and fact-filled weekend.

Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking
2-Day Weekend: 9/10 July 2011 9:30am - 6pm
£250 + VAT

£2,000 and Under

Canon Digital SLR Camera


Professional resolution and high performance: receiving this camera as a Christmas present is a dream for any budding filmmaker!It offers a range of shooting modes, customisable features and has a lightweight body.

Price: £ 1.650.70.

Get it here: Canon Digital SLR Camera



Your Comments Please

Do you have an idea for the perfect Christmas gift?, please let us know

Hi Raindance team,

Thanks for the nice gift ideas. I have a suggestion to make, based on the low budget mind practice I learned at Raindance.

I think the expensive helicopter shot can be an amazing gift, but if you are on a tight budget, this can also be an alternative:

I saw it working and the image on the screen of the ipad was not bad, I would use it on a low budget film!

gabi dworecki

Casting Your Film

Learn about the casting process and the best ways to get the right actors for your production.

Tutors: Rory O'Donnell Venue: Raindance Film Centre
10 Craven Street, WC2N 5PE
Date: April 9 Duration: Single Eveninng
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm Price: £48

For Raindance Premium Members Discounts log into the Members Area

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