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

ISBN-13: 978-0240516998 ISBN-10: 0240516990

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (May 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240516990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240516998
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,182 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!
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"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

Book Description

Offers comprehensive advice and professional tips on how to make a successful film on a low budget.

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Elliot Grove has worked intensively with writers and filmmakers at Raindance since 1992. He explains the tricks of the trade from practical experience and reveals some of the latest paradigms through lecture, exercises and video clips.

Elliot Grove founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007.

He has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of £278.38. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe. Japan and America.

He has written three books which have become industry standards: RAINDANCE WRITERS LAB 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008), RAINDANCE PRODUCERS LAB (Focal Press 2004) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). His first novel THE BANDIT QUEEN is scheduled for publication in 2011.

Open University awarded Elliot and Honourary Doctorate for services to film education in 2009.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Snipes on August 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
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.
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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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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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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Cox on November 15, 2006
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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