Studying at Raindance completely changed my career. When I joined I was a one-person filmmaker and had already made more than 100 short films, but not much visibility to others. My masters project short film was awarded 45 wins in festivals around the world. This success was due to the insightful mentoring from Raindance tutors, listening and working creatively with others, valuing research and feedback and deeply reflecting on my voice and goals. It was a pleasure to work this such a brilliant and diverse team on a film that was so meaningful to me. I feel that I have taken big step in my filmmaking career. I learnt a lot from active listening and learning from people who are more experienced than me. I will continue to do so and will be actively involved in developing the Raindance community.
Raindance is the hub where I find my collaborators, connect with others and developed various projects with my colleagues and alumni. There are always events, weekly short courses, and more senior filmmakers that are genuinely sharing what they learnt. It was those connections that completely changed my career and what I am going to do in the future.
The course was taught in class and also the support from mentors and an assigned supervisor through the whole course.
My cohort had a student rep, however we all have a direct channel to make recommendations, suggestions, share our difficulties. I have seen how Raindance is always evolving and getting more inclusive and innovative
I was given the opportunity to do table reads, film, auditions and rehearsals at school. What stands out for me is the openness and creative hub that we feel when we are at the headquarters, which extends to the virtual meetings.
Raindance is located in central London, with very easy access to transport and great accessibility to cultural and social events.
Raindance has many clusters of special interest that are open to all. I for example belong to the film directors cluster and I am intending to join the 'collab writers' as I heard that they are amazing!
I was always supported by the school, mentors and colleagues when going through more challenging times. The flexibility and care for each student is a major plus!
I feel very disappointed by this course and feel the course should not be allowed to operate in its current form. I think there's only 1 person that should consider this course and that is someone who is interested in film and needs an MA qualification for a certain reason such as teaching or gaining a work visa for example. The only reason I did it was because it offered the chance to continue working while all the other courses I looked at were full-time. I think now its finished and in hindsight I should have sacrificed my finances and done the 1 year full time course in a proper Institution with facilities hands on tutoring and more practical classes. Raindance do not offer much for your money apart from guidance.
There was no effort in this regard and I was disappointed to find out there were no job placements.
What I liked the most was the mentors as I found speaking to a working industry professional once a month very helpful. This however was the only thing I liked about the way in which the course was taught. In every other respect Raindance offered nothing. They expected the student to design and organise the whole course structure and source and buy all the books. They said it was for flexibility but I think it was so they had to do nothing but give feedback. No official classes were taught and the only classes available were public beginner courses which is not very useful for a Master programme to do beginner courses.
They had just 2 empty rooms and no equipment so facilities were non-existent.
The main HQ is in central London so yes its quite a good location although you only attend for the first 3 months and then its from home.
Feedback was always offered through Skype sessions.