DIY Cinematography: Make Your Video Look Like a Movie

Ryan Booth, Filmmaker, Cinematographer, Director

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8 Videos (39m)
    • Introduction

    • My Philosophy on Cinematography

    • Key Terms

    • Tools of the Trade

    • Maximizing Your Location

    • Shooting & Sculpting Natural Light

    • Conclusion

    • My Project: Concrete Candles


About This Class

Learn how to shoot with soul and make your videos look more expensive, thanks to celebrated cinematographer and director, Ryan Booth.  

Best known for his documentary feature on The Revenant — a project personally commissioned by Academy Award-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu — Ryan's approach to filmmaking fuses the commercial and video world with a distinct documentary style.

In this inspiring 40-minute class, Ryan walks you through his creative process of how to make something look beautiful, intentional, and of higher production value in a quick and easy way – essentially, making a video look like a movie.  

Key lessons include:  

  • Important terms for aspiring filmmakers 
  • Simple tools to make the most of natural light 
  • How to maximize your location 
  • Shooting and shaping the light along the way  

No need for fancy equipment, technical know-how or a large film crew; Ryan gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how anyone can walk into a location and bring it to life in the most compelling way possible.  

By the end of this class, you’ll have the confidence and inspiration to film your own cinematic moment like a pro! 

503 of 506 students recommendSee All

Great tutorial. Ryan beside being a great cinematographer, seems to be a very nice instructor with a great speaking an way of explaining things as well. In my opinion, since people like me (who are learning) are using, mostly, dslr or mirrorless cameras, I would pehaprs make these videos with one of those cameras (Canon, Sony A7S, GH5...) in order to put us in an everyday work-context for us. Although it is also great to start seeing how bigger cameras work that should be our goal in a non-far future. It could be useful to see the before-after when Ryan changes something, like when he blocks the light. I love seeing the final compelling. It helps to understand the goal of the video. Thanks a lot.
Not irritating, calm voice from teacher and very good and practical info.
It didn't go into huge detail about every little thing in creating a documentary but the biggest part of the class was taking us through a shoot. So I got to see and hear how he shoots. His thought process and his actions that lead to the footage you see in the documentary. I highly recommend this class if you're interested in the through process of a film maker as he's shooting.





Ryan Booth

Filmmaker, Cinematographer, Director

Ryan Booth is a filmmaker by way of photography, by way of audio engineering, by way of college, by way of Texas.

Ryan Booth is a director living in Texas. Booth's filmmaking career took off in 2011 when his first short film won a contest hosted by Vimeo and Canon and premiered at Sundance Film Festival.

He spent the next few years cutting his teeth as a Director of Photography, working on commercial projects for MTV, Spotify, Under Armour, Pepsi, and Home Depot, as well as musi...

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