DIY Cinematography: Make Your Video Look Like a Movie

Ryan Booth, Filmmaker, Cinematographer, Director

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8 Videos (39m)
    • Introduction

      1:47
    • My Philosophy on Cinematography

      4:45
    • Key Terms

      2:49
    • Tools of the Trade

      6:19
    • Maximizing Your Location

      4:35
    • Shooting & Sculpting Natural Light

      13:49
    • Conclusion

      1:49
    • My Project: Concrete Candles

      2:53

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! 

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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.
great class!
Great basic/advanced breakdown of cinematography. My main criticisms, would be the interview wasn't shown on how to record, or why they chose voice over in the final, and more of Ryan shooting the way he did for the final. Otherwise, great addition!

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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 music videos for Atlantic Records, Sony, and Universal Music. He DP’d two documentary features in 2015, one of which was commissioned by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Academy Award-winning director of Birdman, that explores the modern implications of the themes woven into Iñárritu’s latest film, The Revenant. In 2013, he was the cinematographer for This is Where We Live, a narrative feature that premiered at SXSW and had a successful festival and theatrical run.

In addition to DP projects, Booth has been taking on more and more directing work. Most recently, his directing has attracted the attention of Pulse Films, the award winning production company behind Beyonce’s Lemonade and the Cannes Prix du Jury winner, American Honey. Booth has multiple directing projects in the works with Pulse, including a television show set to begin production in the summer of 2016

PDN named Ryan as one of the “20 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015.”