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Raindance Producers' Lab Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking Paperback – May 25 2004

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (May 25 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240516990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240516998
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 880 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,434,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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! reader

"It covers nearly every base imaginable: you'll learn how to get hold of film stock, create fake blood and strike a distribution deal, all on a miniscule budget...A CD-ROM of showreels and template contracts rounds off an excellent package." - Empire Magazine

"A rich source of advice and technical tips...not only informative but witty and readable too...The creative and technical expertise combined with behind the scenes probes into the film industry makes Lo-To-No an excellent starting point for beginners. It would also be an appropriate tool for those more experienced in the filmmaking business." - POV2 Journal

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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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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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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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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
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Is Indispensible! March 22 2012
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book just a little dated Oct. 16 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Organized Nov. 15 2006
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Excellent step-by-step breakdown. Also, really cool recipe for fake blood and theatrical wounds. Good overview of business concerns dealing with fimmaking.