DIY Cinematography: Make Your Video Look Like a Movie Premium class

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! 

236 of 237 students recommendSee All

Ryan is very clear with his instructions, and he separates his information into small sections that are easy to understand. There are some very useful things that I've learned in his course, highly recommended!
Very inspiring. Great "behind the scenes" on a mini-documentary. Would love to see more classes by Ryan. He's engaging and explains concepts well.
Debra Eve

Proud late bloomer and possessor of many passions.

This is a great primer in how to think about available light on location. One of the things that I liked the most about the course was the camera angles Ryan used for the talking heads shots of himself while he was delivering the lecture content. Very nicely done. Two small issues that I had were only with the final video he produced and not with the course information. These are matters of taste only, but I thought that the video was overly contrasty/dark, and I think too much time was given to the final scene where the candle maker leaves the space and walks down the street. Seems like you are saying something about escaping the work. It set an odd final tone. None-the-less I really enjoyed this, and watched parts of it several times.





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.”