One-Day Introductory Filmmaking Course for Teens from Raindance. Two Dates Available.

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Duke R. · 1 reviews
Reviewed November 20, 2014
Start an Instagram page as well.


Eva T. · 1 reviews
Reviewed August 6, 2013
This course was a huge plus in motivating my daughter to pursue the career shes been so interested in. What a great opportunity it was.


Maureen B. · 14 reviews TOP REVIEWER
Reviewed June 30, 2013
Instructor was excellent enough to recommend. However, the venue was so hot and airless that it was an effort to concentrate on the otherwise excellent programme. I was almost nauseous while in that room. Also, Raindance staff walked in and out of the room during the presentation and were conducting other business on laptops, accessing the fridge and kitchen cupboards during the event. This was distracting. Was it really necessary when there was another Raindance office right next door which also had a kitchen?

What You'll Get

Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once said, "The cinema is truth at 24 frames per second," making slow-motion sports replays and sped-up Benny Hill gags nothing but cruel, cruel lies. Get the real deal with today's Groupon: for $78, you get a one-day introductory filmmaking course for teens from Raindance Toronto (a $281.37 value, including HST). Participants younger than 15 must be accompanied by an adult, who must also purchase a ticket. Choose between two dates:

  • Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Raindance's daylong practical filmmaking course for teens breaks the daunting cinema-creation process into digestible lectures, as short-film director James Cooper and producer Yaw Attuah lead separate talks on screenplay writing, production, directing, and distribution options. In the first 90-minute lecture, Cooper and Attuah explain how to convert the fancy-dancing and slow-punching scenes of youthful cinemaginations into a script filled with plausible characters and plot holes arranged into a looping tunnel that critics will never escape. A talk about the producer's role follows, during which Attuah details pitching and networking strategies.

After a lunch break, Cooper expounds the principles of direction in a nearly two-hour lesson, illustrating rules of camera placement and demonstrating the award- and money-based sign language used to communicate with actors. In a final one-hour session, the tutors walk fledgling filmmakers through editing decisions and explain how to surmount common film-festival hurdles. Burgeoning film facilitators also walk home with handouts, including storyboard templates, a script-format guide, film-festival resource lists, and collectible gaffer trading cards.

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 10 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for date purchased. Must be 15 or older or accompanied by an adult; additional charge required for adult ticket. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Raindance Filmmaking

Raindance began as a thought experiment: can you make a movie with no money or experience, and without going to film school? 22 years, later Raindance now has 12 film networking and training hubs worldwide, and runs the largest indie film festival in Europe, the Raindance Film Festival. They provide hands on training, networking events, financing opportunities, and an innovative Membership program to help new and emerging filmmakers get their projects made.

Raindance's practical filmmaking and writing workshops break the daunting cinema-creation process into digestible workshops as industry professionals help to elevate the aptitude of independent filmmakers. Students can select courses that teach film industry basics including how to build a budget, choose a camera, and promote themselves. As a non-profit training and networking organization that works to promote and support filmmaking throughout the world, many classes conclude with networking sessions at local bars where participants can trade business cards to further their cinematic pursuits.

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