Raindance in London, UK was just brought to my attention... not because it's a film festival, but because they're offering a special course this weekend called "SFX For Low Budget Films". Special Effects is something that we, at Dead Harvey, barely touch on and that's not because we don't want to, we just don't have a resident expert, as of yet. Effects are one of the backbones of indie film, so if you're in London, you should sign up for this course... if you're an SFX guy and you're in, well... anywhere and would like a forum to reach and help out lots of indie horror filmmakers, send me an email.
Here's some info on the course being offered: It's a Raindance Film Course that specializes in special effects for low budget horror and action films... Dan Martin will guide you through a comprehensive list of special effects, tailored for low to no budget horror and action films. Generally special effects have been the domain of the well funded or especially lucky filmmaker, but this need not be the case.
Day 1 - Horror FX; everything gory. Want to achieve a Dr Butcher style arm impaling? A pouring chest wound? We’ll show you how.
Day 2 – Action FX; the Woo side of things. How to modify that prop gun to fire a six-inch muzzle flash. How to make ricochets without hiring an expensive pyrotechnician.
If you’re the film maker who balked when told their low budget film could not contain any special effects, or if you yearn for the salad-days of 70’s and 80’s horror and crime cinema, when inconceivable violence was entirely justified just as long as you had a Euro-funk soundtrack, this course is for you.
For more information on the festival and the course, you can go to the Raindance site here.