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  • Learn principles of screenwriting, producing & directing
  • Practical advice & tips
  • Networking session afterwards

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Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once said, "The cinema is truth at 24 frames per second," making slow-mo 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 (a $281.37 value including HST) at Raindance's Saturday Film School at the University of Toronto. Choose between two dates:

  • Saturday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A day-long practical filmmaking course led by Raindance Film Festival founder Elliot Grove breaks the daunting cinema-creation process into digestible lectures, with separate talks on screenplay writing, production, directing, and breaking into the industry. Before committing the fancy-dancing and slow-punching scenes of your cinemagination to celluloid, it's necessary to populate them with needy characters and filter them through an unpopular document known as a screenplay.

In the first 90-minute lecture, Elliot Grove will explain how to create coherent roles and arrange plot holes into a looping tunnel that critics will never escape. A talk full of nitty-gritty production tips follows, as Grove details the hard work of creating a budget, lighting scenes cheaply, shooting locations before they can call the police, and choosing a camera.

After a lunch break, director-producer Sean McConville will expound on the principles of direction, 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, Grove will explain how to craft CVs, negotiate pay, and make connections in the film industry. After the talk, participants meet in a nearby bar to play paper hockey with business cards and shoot guerilla-style footage for thrillers about drinking beer. Burgeoning film facilitators will also walk home with a 20-page handout packed with budget templates, a script-format guide, CV templates, and collectible gaffer trading cards.


Canadian FilmMaking 101 has featured Raindance's filmmaking courses. Raindance has more than 1,640 fans on Facebook.

  • I’ve had the pleasure of attending two of their courses so far: “The 99 Minute Film School: with Elliot Grove [sic] and “Write & Direct Your First Feature” with writer/producer/director, Sean McConville. Both courses were great and well worth it. – Craig Lowe, Canadian FilmMaking 101

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.

Customer Reviews

183 Ratings

Great one-day workshop. The instructor gave some great tips on how to get started and he was Interactive and encouraging.
Nancy K. · March 29, 2013
The course was fantastic and the instructor Patrick Tucker was very funny. I learnt so much this weekend at the Directing & Screen Acting course. I highly recommend it. Thank you!
Andrea B. · October 22, 2012
Raindance courses are always entertaining and informative. They provide useful tools, techniques and concepts for the filmmaker to utilize successfully. I highly recommend Raindance.
Peter F. · October 21, 2012
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