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Guerilla Filmmaking

via CreativeLive


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.


  • Writing Your Story
  • Script Breakdowns and Shooting Schedules
  • Finding Cast and Crew
  • VFX in Pre-Production
  • Filming Gear: Audio
  • Filming Gear: Camera
  • Filming Gear: Lenses
  • Filming Gear Q&A
  • Lighting 101: Grip Bag and Lights
  • Lighting 101: Gels and Diffusion
  • Composition Rules and Lighting Gear Q&A
  • Lighting Scenarios and Setups
  • Lighting for Mood
  • Lighting Setups Q&A
  • Color Temperature and Cross Lighting
  • Framing the Scene and Eye Line
  • Guiding the Eye
  • Creating an Interesting Frame Part 1
  • Creating an Interesting Frame Part 2
  • Lighting with One Light
  • Motivating the Light and Creating Atmosphere
  • Shooting for VFX
  • Green Screen
  • VFX Post Production: Extraction
  • Clean Plates
  • VFX Post Production: Tracking
  • Visual Storytelling: Basic Shots and Push Pulls
  • Visual Storytelling: Basic and Triangle Coverage
  • Meaning Behind Shots and Movement
  • Motivated vs Unmotivated Movement
  • Setups and Payoffs
  • Scene Transitions with Q&A
  • Shooting Action
  • Set Markers and Follow Focus
  • General Editing Techniques
  • Mastering the Sound and Music Score
  • Reframing and Color Grading
  • VFX Post Production: Muzzle Flash
  • VFX Post Production: Tracking with Mocha
  • VFX Post Production: Rendered Passes and Channels
  • Getting Your Stuff Out There with Q&A

Taught by

Ryan Connolly

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