Full Day

Sat, 28 May 2022

10:00 am - 5:00 pm BST

10a Craven St

Saturday Film School – An in-person and Livestream Course

Elliot Grove & Patrick Tucker

Teaching you the tools and techniques used by filmmakers like Edgar Wright and Christopher Nolan, the Saturday Film School has launched the careers of hundreds of independent filmmakers.

The Raindance Saturday Film School is Europe’s most popular filmmaking class for good reason: it’s the ideal course for anyone wanting to get into the film industry, whether they have previous experience or not.

The information-packed day will give you the tools you need to establish yourself as a screenwriter, director, producer or filmmaker.

Divided into four parts, this course starts at the very beginning with Writing the Screenplay before explaining the processes, tools and jobs of actually Making the Movie for whatever budget you can achieve.

After lunch, director Patrick Tucker takes the stage to ask So You Want To Direct? His entertaining and revealing session will uncover some of the secrets behind framing and directing actors, followed by Raindance founder Elliot Grove explaining how to Break Into the Film Industry, touching on CVs, pitching, negotiating and personal branding.

Session 1: Writing The Screenplay

Have you ever had an idea for a movie? Elliot Grove will help you get that idea onto the page by explaining to you the basic principles of writing screenplays, and demonstrating the powerful storytelling tools used by the professionals.

Session 2: Making the movie

Making movies is not complicated. It is hard work. We tell you how movies are produced and will give dozens of shooting tips that will save you money and make it easier to get your movie made.

Session 3: So you want to direct?

Why is it that everyone want to direct, but no one ever takes the time to learn how? Simon Hunter is a veteran of the British film industry and will outline the principle basics of directing, and how to get the actors and crew to do what you want.

Session 4: Breaking Into the film industry

If you would like paid work in the film industry, this is the session for you. Elliot’s back and teaches how to prepare yourself for work as a writer, producer, director, technician, editor or art director.

Networking drinks

Finally, we will retire to a nearby bar for networking drinks. Bring business cards!

Elliot Grove

Screenwriter and Film Producer

Elliot Grove is the founder of Raindance Film Festival (1993) and the British Independent Film Awards (1998). Elliot has produced over 700 shorts and 5 features including the 2019 SWSX grand Jury Prize winner Alice. He teaches screenwriting and film producing worldwide. In 2009 he was awarded a PhD for services to film education.

Patrick Tucker

Director & Tutor

Patrick Tucker started directing for the stage in 1968, and for the screen in 1976, and has directed over 250 theatre productions and over 200 dramas for the screen (including one feature) at venues all over the world. His last stage work was Measure, For Measure for the Blackfriars Theatre in Virginia, and on screen a Russian sit-com Olympiada 80 filmed in Latvia (in Russian). He has lectured and run courses on the various aspects of acting and directing since the mid-1970s (presenting directing workshops for Raindance since 1997), and his books Secrets of Acting Shakespeare (Routledge 2nd Ed. 2017) and Secrets of Screen Acting (3rd Ed. Routledge 2014) contain many original insights – as do his workshops.