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Discover vital insider tips on producing movies with a micro budget!

Covering both tried and true filmmaking techniques as well as insight on marketing, selling, and distributing your film, Raindance Producers’ Lab, Second Edition is the ultimate independent filmmaker’s guide to producing movies. This edition has been updated to include:

  • Fresh features on low-budget, high quality video cameras, including new ...
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Discover vital insider tips on producing movies with a micro budget!

Covering both tried and true filmmaking techniques as well as insight on marketing, selling, and distributing your film, Raindance Producers’ Lab, Second Edition is the ultimate independent filmmaker’s guide to producing movies. This edition has been updated to include:

  • Fresh features on low-budget, high quality video cameras, including new digital camera options such as DSLR
  • An extensive selection of new case studies and interviews with industry talents such as Ewan McGregor, Ate de Jong, James Youngs, Joe Pavlo, Martin Myers, Rolin Heap, and more
  • Essential advice on how to make the web work for you and promote your films through Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms
  • All new postproduction workflows
  • A companion website (www.lotonobudgetfilmmaking.com) providing all the contracts and material you need to run a production company and make successful low budget movies

The verdict is in: if you’re looking for a clear-cut, no-nonsense approach to micro-budget filmmaking and producing, Elliot Grove’s wealth of teaching and filmmaking experience combined with winning formulas for marketing and promotion make this book a must-have one-stop shop for filmmakers!

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

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Editorial Reviews

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"Raindance Producers’ Lab, Second Edition is truly a handbook for the modern filmmaker. It is incredibly comprehensive, a soup to nuts guide on making a low budget film. AND, as an added bonus, it will keep you up-to-date on the latest social media, digital, and self-distribution options for your film!"

- Stacey Parks, Founder, www.FilmSpecific.com; Author, The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution (Focal Press, 2012)

"Always clever, never dull, sometimes funny, often provocative, truly independent, and a treasure to all eager aspiring filmmakers."

- Ate de Jong, Director, Drop Dead Fred and Het Bombardement; Producer, The Discovery of Heaven

"Raindance Film Festival has arrived, survived and thrived for 21 years because its founder (and this book's author) is a scrappy, charismatic, street-savvy guy whose vocabulary does not include the word ‘can't.’ This is the attitude he promotes in his book loaded with hundreds of hard earned lessons from every nook and cranny of filmmaking’s development, production, and distribution processes. To get an indie film made and distributed, you have to know a lot of tricks. Elliot knows them all, and then some. Kudos to him for his generosity in sharing them."

- Michael Wiese, Filmmaker & Publisher; Author, Onward & Upward: Reflections of a Joyful Life of a Joyful Life

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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: 330,615
  • 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

Nobody Knows Anything; The Hollywood Zoo; Budgets; Originating Formats; Labs; The Camera; Sound; Cinematography; Production Values; Locations & Permits; Office & Paperwork; Shoot; Post-production; Above the Line; Moving the Budget Up; Preparing the Marketing Plan; Publicity; Film Festivals; Film Markets; Distribution; Best Laid Plans; Ten Tricks and Traps of Producing; Development Financing; Production Financing

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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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  • Posted March 15, 2015

    The hallmark of this book is great amount of useful knowledge su

    The hallmark of this book is great amount of useful knowledge supplemented with concrete examples. The author, Elliot Grove, is well known among indie filmmakers and in the industry. He shares his extensive expertise gained from Raindance Festival as well as short and feature credits on every single page. The book has 'hint sections' where the most important information are highlighted. I read a couple of book about productions and this one is one of the best regarding its practicality.

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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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