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Elliot Grove
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Aug. 10 2004
If you're looking for clear-cut information on how to make a film on a minimal budget that is based on tried and tested techniques - look no further. Elliot Grove has worked on hundreds of low-budget productions, teaches Lo-to-No Budget filmmaking courses and runs the Raindance Film Festival (the largest independent film festival in Europe.) His wealth of teaching and filmmaking experience combined with knowledge of the winning formulas that work is the basis of this book. Refreshingly clear, no-nonsense tricks of the trade. The free CD provides all the contracts and material you need to run a production company and make successful low budget movies; how to schedule, budget and break down a script and how to get it shot with what you have, not what you want.


This is a must have read for filmmakers serious about making and selling films. Creative and technical expertise coupled with a behind the scenes look at the film industry makes this book an excellent starting point for beginners. For experienced filmmakers there are plenty of practical approaches in here for you to try, from developing CV's, showreels and business plans to information on pitching, raising finance, creating publicity and much much more. Use it as a point of departure or as an everyday reference tool. The accompanying CD-ROM contains sample budgets, publicity plans, trailers and interviews.

*Adopt the tried and tested techniques that work
*Get the inside view from the Director of the Raindance Film Festival
*Experience 'results-orientated' filmmaking expertise

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Out of general interest I bought this book and read it. I found it so inspirational that I'm determined to have a go at writing a screenplay myself. However, the real clincher was the brilliant offer of an acceptance to the Raindance Gallery of Rejection. Whatever happens, I'm now guaranteed a positive response for all the hard work I've set myself; I thank Raindance very much for their encouragement.
Bill Kennelly.


I have just read this excellent book..which is nothing short of genius, especially in the
techniques for selling which take up over half the book. Not that the interesting ideas on structure, characterization and dialogue arent brilliant - they are - and very useful.
Its just that no other book on screenwriting, or on writing in general has the same flare, insight and inspiration as this one.
I hope this book is kept in print for years and years!
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Offers comprehensive advice and professional tips on how to make a successful film on a low budget.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential book for indie producers Jan. 2 2006
Format:Paperback
If you make indie movies, or you'd like to, I recommend this book. I've attended a Raindance weekend course as well, and this book will build on what you learn there, or, if you haven't taken a Raindance course, will help you out tremendously.
Although this book is written primarilyy for British producers, the information is applicable to Canadians as well (probably for anyone working outside the U.S. industry, actually). It teaches you the business side of the process in some detail, whether you make narrative or documentary films, features or shorts. It is also good for motivation, too. I've forsaken the couch after reading this and am working on a couple of projects I plan to sell this year.
So, if you are an indie producer and don't have access to a decent film school, or you need a spark of inspiration, or you're confused by the hundreds of filmmaking books out there and want a good resource, this one is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and important Nov. 23 2005
By nobody
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Elliot Grove's book is a must-have even if you haven't attended any of his excellent lectures. This volume is crammed with very practical information, tips and advice from the whole range of film-making experience and from the point of view of someone living and breathing movies. It concentrates on the hands-on approach, the nitty-gritty aspect of film-making for both the novice and fairly experienced. Most of all, it is inspiring and encouraging. With this book, some passion, drive and like-minded colleagues, there is no reason you can't put your ideas to tape/film/digital media... whatever your budget.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Canadian Filmmakers Nov. 8 2005
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Although the book was written for people trying to make movies in the U.K., this book is also good for Canadians because the U.K. film industry is similar to the Canadian one in terms of how things work. Most of the books I've read on filmmaking are from the U.S., but because the industry there is different from the rest of the world, the Raindance book covers things American filmmakers never have to face.
Any producer, director, or writer should have this book on their desk as a ready reference. This book details the nuts and bolts of producing, from development to submitting to festivals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars practical and thoughtfully written Aug. 24 2004
By S. Snipes - Published on Amazon.com
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The book touched on all the challenges of indie filmmaking in a clear and concise way. He discussed what areas you should focus on and what areas you can spend less money and time while still getting a great film as your final product. Elliott explored the psyche of the indie filmmaker too by bringing his own easy to understand explanations of why things work the way they do.

His anecdotes really help explain why things work the way they do on low budget productions. He is gifted at giving you insights into the small things you can change that show big improvements on camera. This book eases your mind about not having enough money to make your film. And hopefully give you the courage to put your film out there.

I recommend that any filmmaker who has little or no money buy this book. With Elliot's expertise, you can gain value insights into telling the story that you want.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book just a little dated Oct. 16 2013
By William C Hargrove - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers everything I wanted but, it refers to digital film as only an option because it was written in 2004.
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Is Indispensible! March 22 2012
By Ronnie S. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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I had the pleasure of taking Elliot Grove's seminar here in NY a few years ago and then picking his brain about filmmaking afterwards over drinks. As the founder of Raindance Film Festival, arguably one of the most influential festivals in England for independent filmmakers, he is someone who has helped countless directors, producers aspiring movie makers get their movies made. This book is the epitome of the information I was able to take home with me plus a whole lot more.

The Raindance Producers lab contains all the information the lo and no budget filmmaker needs to get a project done from start to finish. Everything from what to shoot with, how to finance a film and what the jobs on a crew are to film markets, programming a film festival and marketing and distribution plans are covered. This book is just as much a tool for the experienced filmmaker with a budget. Following the advice in this book can save tons of cash and improve the business of making a film for anyone.

I can honestly say that this is one of the most valuable books I own on the subject and one I reference every time I think about turning on a camera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Organized Nov. 15 2006
By Kenneth Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Excellent step-by-step breakdown. Also, really cool recipe for fake blood and theatrical wounds. Good overview of business concerns dealing with fimmaking.
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