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Guerilla Filmmaking

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About The Class

an immersion into envisioning, shooting, and producing films.


Is there an idea for an incredible film banging on the walls of your brain and begging to come out? If so, join Film Riot founder Ryan Connolly for an immersion into envisioning, shooting, and producing films – with any gear on any budget.

In this course, you’ll explore the step-by-step process of making a film from start to finish. You’ll learn how to script, storyboard, location scout, and cast films. Ryan will offer insights on how to best work with your crew to make your sets fun, collaborative, and professional places to be. Ryan will demonstrate the process of getting the light you want for the shots you’ll need, whether you’re working with DIY lighting structures, available light, or gels and diffusion. Since lighting and sound are equally essential to professional-level work, you’ll also explore both production and post-production audio skills, including integrating music and sound effects. You’ll build a post-production workflow for editing, adding visual effects, and more to ensure you’re getting the pro look every time.

Whether you’re a first time filmmaker or a working professional ready to sharpen up your skills, this course will give you the tools you need to create superior quality films that reflect your unique vision as an artist.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Writing Your Story

    32:10
  2. 02

    Script Breakdowns and Shooting Schedules

    15:34
  3. 03

    Finding Cast and Crew

    21:14
  4. 04

    VFX in Pre-Production

    16:46
  5. 05

    Filming Gear: Audio

    13:33
  6. 06

    Filming Gear: Camera

    Ryan reviews the features to shop for when picking your camera and compares footage from different models.

    21:16
  7. 07

    Filming Gear: Lenses

    23:52
  8. 08

    Filming Gear Q&A

    14:43
  9. 09

    Lighting 101: Grip Bag and Lights

    25:48
  10. 10

    Lighting 101: Gels and Diffusion

    22:22
  11. 11

    Composition Rules and Lighting Gear Q&A

    17:41
  12. 12

    Lighting Scenarios and Setups

    32:14
  13. 13

    Lighting for Mood

    14:05
  14. 14

    Lighting Setups Q&A

    34:00
  15. 15

    Color Temperature and Cross Lighting

    24:17
  16. 16

    Framing the Scene and Eye Line

    30:50
  17. 17

    Guiding the Eye

    20:49
  18. 18

    Creating an Interesting Frame Part 1

    34:12
  19. 19

    Creating an Interesting Frame Part 2

    33:47
  20. 20

    Lighting with One Light

    19:06
  21. 21

    Motivating the Light and Creating Atmosphere

    13:59
  22. 22

    Shooting for VFX

    11:37
  23. 23

    Green Screen

    19:43
  24. 24

    VFX Post Production: Extraction

    20:32
  25. 25

    Clean Plates

    24:49
  26. 26

    VFX Post Production: Tracking

    24:50
  27. 27

    Visual Storytelling: Basic Shots and Push Pulls

    20:42
  28. 28

    Visual Storytelling: Basic and Triangle Coverage

    12:51
  29. 29

    Meaning Behind Shots and Movement

    24:08
  30. 30

    Motivated vs Unmotivated Movement

    25:55
  31. 31

    Setups and Payoffs

    17:08
  32. 32

    Scene Transitions with Q&A

    14:42
  33. 33

    Shooting Action

    37:05
  34. 34

    Set Markers and Follow Focus

    44:10
  35. 35

    General Editing Techniques

    17:51
  36. 36

    Mastering the Sound and Music Score

    27:16
  37. 37

    Reframing and Color Grading

    21:30
  38. 38

    VFX Post Production: Muzzle Flash

    14:40
  39. 39

    VFX Post Production: Tracking with Mocha

    16:29
  40. 40

    VFX Post Production: Rendered Passes and Channels

    31:09
  41. 41

    Getting Your Stuff Out There with Q&A

    19:02

Meet Your Expert

Ryan Connolly

After film school, Ryan started out in a fairly typical fashion: creating music videos and commercials for local clients. He then went on to run the video studio at PC game company, Alienware. But rather than continue following the typical ... read more

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  • pdf 1080p Screen Insert
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  • pdf Rule of Thirds
  • pdf Storyboard Template
  • pdf Storyboard Template
  • pdf Class Footage - 1
  • pdf Class Footage - 2
  • pdf Class Footage - 3
  • pdf Class Keynotes
  • pdf Stark Assets
  • pdf Guerilla Filmmaking Outline
  • pdf Gear Guide

98% of students recommend this class.
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  • Samuel Befekadu

    Samuel Befekadu

    July 2017

    I bet this class will be awesome. the course is given by Ryan Connolly!! I have been watching this guy for more that 5 years. I just wasn't serous about film making then. but now since i love film making why not try to be one of them by learning form the best in the field like Rayn. he has been inspiration for a lot of film maker from his YouTube channel Film Riot. his way of teaching so funny and entertaining . I bought this course to learn Ryan Connolly's killer skill. Thanks creative live and Ryan Connolly!

  • Will Green

    Will Green

    December 2016

    Great class! It starts at a very simplistic level and covers the full spectrum of filmmaking. I would not necessarily buy this course for advanced film students, however it is an amazing review for beginner students to intermediate students. I would love to see a BTS of a short film from start to finish. I've seen all of Ryan's BTS shorts and I would greatly enjoy a much more intricate play by play of the short. THAT"S SOMETHING I WOULD PAY A LOT TO SEE. An 18 hour compilation of prepro - post of a short would be awesome.

  • Jonathan Beresford

    Jonathan Beresford

    July 2017

    Love Ryan and everyone at Film Riot. Excellent course of the excellent quality I've come to expect from them. I just wIsh he'd act more. So funny.

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