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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Nice quick overview of basic considerations for simple cine work.
I loved learning about Negative Fill. I had not seen it being used and explained before as well as in this course. Left me wanting more courses by Ryan Booth.
Andy Burton

Abolition Reformer

A short class that teaches a lot and inspires! I always thought you had to buy a bunch of lights and ADD ADD ADD. Seeing that it's often a question of subtraction now makes the concept of visual storytelling less daunting. Thanks!

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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 musi...

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