Raindance Producers' Lab Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Audience: Independent filmmakers just starting out. Students on film courses. Wannabee filmmakers.

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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!
Amazon.co.uk 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240522180
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 488
  • Sales rank: 961,555
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Elliot Grove currently teaches professional screenwriting and filmmaking courses internationally, and in 2009 Open University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to education. In May 2013, not long after launching Raindance Raw Talent—a production company devoted to producing movies that follow the Raindance producing principals—Elliot wrapped his first movie: Love.Honour.Obey.

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Table of Contents

1 Nobody knows anything 1
2 The Hollywood Zoo 9
3 Budgeting and scheduling 19
4 Originating formats 43
5 Labs 59
6 The camera package 69
7 Sound 81
8 Cinematography 95
9 Production values 115
10 Locations and permits 127
11 Office and essential paperwork 141
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2005

    The Bookli$t at Film Studio Faux Greenlights the Book but Redlights the content!

    In the category of general independent filmmaking this book is a genuine bargain for the cost. The inclusion of the CD with Free filmmaker's software, forms, and samples short film reels, elevates this text to one of the top books in that category for the money! It's concise, well written, and contains a variety of viewpoints. For example, various industry professionals interviewed have different opinions on digital filmmaking. Coming from a background of building a short film studio from literally nothing, my biggest criticism is that this is not a book about 'no' budget filmmaking as titled. Elliot Grove grew up Amish, a patriarchal and closed society, where he was not exposed to film. In the book he appears to hold that up as a disadvantage. The film industry is also a patriarchal and closed industry where woman do not share power equally with men. As a matter of pure fact women are barely represented in some of the more powerful aspects of the industry: cinematography and high budget/action directing. The better books for people interested in no budget filmmaking have samples of 'how to' build equipment yourself and 'how to' create special effects on the set. Book publishing has been invaded by writers preying on the dreams of those interested in the film business. Mr. Grove is NOT one of those, he offers contemporary, for 2005, information on how to put a production together. Although, it should be read with other books more specific to each category.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2005

    A film production book by a man with experience

    Raindance Producer's Lab Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking offers one thing which many film production books lack, and that is first hand experience. The writer Elliot Grove has been involved in multiple feature films and over 70 (!!) short films. The info in this book is coming from someone who knows what they¿re talking about. And this is reflected in the informal (though often somewhat unavoidably technical) language and manner used ¿ as if he¿s passing on the secrets of the trade. It may appear a somewhat small book (physically) but this is 400 pages PACKED with every pretty much every aspect of the film industry relevant to the lo-budget filmmaker. It contains 25 chapters, ranging from technical explanations of film formats to location scouting to budgeting and producing to film festivals and everything in between. This book touches on practically every aspect you¿ll ever need to know, though due to space restrictions, some sections may well not be dealt thoroughly enough ¿ but if you want a specialist book, this is not for you in the first place. The title is somewhat misleading - Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking. This is not a guerrilla filmmaker¿s guide. There are tons of hints, tricks, and explanations and the book is aimed at lo budget filmmakers, but it is not just one of those guerrilla guides. This is really almost like an encyclopaedia / reference book / tips and tricks guide about lo budget film (and film in general). The book comes with a CD, containing some very useful documents and useful paperwork (eg: directors agreements, office checklists, etc) script format guide, as well as other less useful items like show reels and trailers, though they are still interesting. I think this is probably one of the best books I have read on film production. Because not only does this manage to somehow cover all of the practical and technical components, it also covers all the managerial and economic side of production. It¿s definitely one which you will come back to time and time again as if it were a reference book, though it is certainly not as bland and one-dimensional!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2004

    Confidence boost for hobbyists

    'Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking' cites lack of confidence as the primary reason that you will never make that film you are always talking about making. And so it's refreshing to be able to take time out from wasting your breath failing to convince naysayers whose opinion you don't respect anyway, and read a book that believes in you. In it's attempts to be comprehensive, the book comes across as more aimed at would-be-proffesionals than true amateurs (more Lo budget than No budgt), and hobbyists probably need not bother with sections of the last third, that principally concern themselves with 'The Industry'. Yet the bulk of the book - the sections on how to actually get the movie made - ring true whatever your situation.

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