In the Near Future Every Student Will Be Required to Make a Film

When you were in school did you have to turn in an essay even though you never intended to be a full time writer? Did you have to produce a drawing as some form of homework assignment even though you would never be a full time artist? How about give a speech? Well we may […]

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A round of applause for student counter-protesters who stood up to white supremacists at UVA


On Friday night, a band of cowardly racists marched through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville. And while people on Twitter are rightfully condemning the hate rally (and making fun of its obviously mass-purchased tiki torches) they’re also applauding the brave student counter-protesters who stood their ground.

Per a local NBC affiliate, counter-protesters clashed with the white supremacists when the march approached a statue of Thomas Jefferson. Some marchers even used their tiki torches as weapons. Police, however, did not arrive at the scene until the altercation was almost over. Read more…

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Film School Student Loans – Are They Worth It?

Thinking about taking student finance to fund your next film course?

According to a report by the Intergenerational Foundation, on average, students will accrue almost £6k in interest charges alone by the time they graduate from university. That is enough money to make your first feature film. You don’t think so? Both Robert Rodriguez and Christopher Nolan made their first feature films for less, and at Raindance we can even show you how… but that’s for another day!

For some students who don’t have a regular income, a strong credit history or an account with the Bank of Mum and Dad, getting a personal loan can prove difficult, and so student finance may be the only option. But if you are fortunate enough to have any of the above, you might want to consider the alternatives.

Student Finance interest rates are linked to inflation and are set to rise to 6.1% plus up to 3% depending on income. In contrast, high-street lenders are offering personal loans with interest rates as low as 2.8%. Over 5 years this would cost you just £215 per month which is far more cost effective than both student finance or a career development loan. Furthermore, by opening a student current account, you could be given up to £3,000 interest-free overdraft facility each year, for the duration of your course. This can help when the zero-hour contract doesn’t come through.

Some would argue that Student Finance is more like a future tax than a loan as it is linked to your income, and gets written off after 30 years. Ask yourself, do you really want to pay another tax for the next 30 years? High earners may end up paying interest of £40k on top of the amount borrowed over this period. With the cost of living increasing and property prices going through the roof, think of all the better uses this could go towards, or if you become a filmmaker after you graduate, how much more amazing your film could look.

At Raindance, we offer flexible payment plans our HND and Master’s programmes. Our Master’s degree is also eligible for student finance, just in case the Bank of Mum and Dad doesn’t work out.

Places are still available on our HND day and evening courses starting in October 2017. Apply now by following this link.


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Student Screenwriter? Win a Spot at ScriptFest Los Angeles!

Deadline alert: 50 students will be chosen to attend the annual scriptwriting festival.

ScriptFest and The Great American PitchFest have partnered together for a new opportunity they’re calling the Student Filmmaker Initiative. The program will sponsor up to 50 high school and college student filmmakers from around the world to go to the upcoming 14th annual ScriptFest in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Hotel & Convention Center on June 23-25, 2017.

Nearly 2,000 writers travel from around the world each year to participate in the event. Selected applicants will win a bronze pass to the festival, valued at $ 300, which will allow them to receive training opportunities and the chance at networking.

Note: The application form is simple, but it must be received by TODAY, June 16th. For further details about the program or to apply, visit here. In addition to the conference, more than 120 top industry agents, managers, and production companies will hear pitches from new writers around the world at the Great American PitchFest, an event presented by ScriptFest.

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Basically every college student has Netflix (but guess how many pay for it)


The checklist for college freshmen in 2017? Textbooks, mini-fridges, and Netflix. 

A new study reports that a whopping 92 percent of college students have access to Netflix. In that same survey by LendEDU, only 8 percent of college students said that they didn’t have an account. The rest have their own account (34 percent), use a friend or family member’s account (54 percent), or use a current or former significant other’s account (5 percent). 

The survey, spotted by Business Insider, suggests that Netflix is basically a necessity—or at least a given—for college students. Another survey question backs that up: when they had to pick one streaming service, 84 percent of the 6,660 college students surveyed chose Netflix. HBO GO came next with 12 percent, and just 4 percent said Hulu (Amazon didn’t factor into the survey).  Read more…

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This Week In Trailers: Little Boxes, Homesick New Orleans, Generation Iron 2, The Student, Burden

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get some real friends, practice some performance art for funsies, visit The Big Easy, get swole, get a story from Russia that has nothing to do with Trump or Putin, and then get our diversity on in suburbia.

The Student Trailer

Hell yeah.

I don’t know what’s afoot with director Kirill Serebrennikov’s movie about a kid who seems to be struggling with something deeply troubling but I’m a fan of this trailer. Wonderfully edited and done in such a pace that it’s almost a celestial joy to read its subtitles, it’s hard to say what’s more interesting: the story or the trailer.

Generation Iron 2 Trailer

Alright, wimps, fall into line.

I don’t know why I enjoyed Vlad Yudin’s first installment so much, or what part of my brain is tickled by understanding what pushes people to their physical limits, but I’m fascinated by people like this. Those who have the kind of drive many of us don’t possess or have the inclination to ever turn our attention to are just bent on pushing their corporeal form to the absolute limit. The content is disposable but the lessons, I’m sure, are invaluable. Dedication, what it takes to win (or cheat), and the goods to match their mouths.

Little Boxes Trailer


I’m not sure I’m feeling what they’re selling but director Rob Meyer’s ode to multicultural suburbia is something of beauty. I’ve always enjoyed Melanie Lynskey’s nuanced performances and this looks like it’s another one to admire from afar. I’m not really sure if the tone is right but I’ll be diving into this one for sure.

Burden Trailer

Here it is in a nutshell.

One of the things about art is that it’s completely subjective. What directors Richard Dewey and Timothy Marrinan are doing here though, it seems like, helps contextualize what it means to be an artist trying to say something to the world. Yeah, you could say it’s also subjective whether that commentary is worth the obnoxiousness but when a human being is communicating through stunts like this it’s always cause to pause.

Homesick New Orleans Trailer

The essence of a place.

Too many times you see advertising for cities, states, towns that feel like you’re getting the Kodak treatment of an area. Fake families and celebs who shamelessly shill to get me to spend my hard earned money on tourist traps and picturesque vistas that are only seem to be possible if you have an ad budget to make it all look glossy and tidy. This, then, is the antithesis of it. Director Rick Wayne has made this place, this city, feel more than just a place where a pack of photographers have descended with their gear. Narrated by John Goodman, this is how places of our great nation should be portrayed: honestly, raw, and with a little flavor in order to capture its essence. It’s not a film, it’s not a show, but it sure makes you want to take out your wallet to experience it.

Nota bene: If you have any suggestions of trailers to possibly be included in this column, even have a trailer of your own to pitch, please let me know by sending me a note at or look me up via Twitter at @Stipp

In case you missed them, here are the other trailers we covered at /Film this week:

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