August 10, 2014

Guerilla Filmmaking: Learn the A to Z of Getting Your Film Made in This Free Workshop

In the past two months, we've covered several courses from the good folks over at CreativeLive, an outstanding online educational resource for creatives of all types. First was Larry Jordan's comprehensive FCPX masterclass. Then there was an epic 2-day course on aerial photography. This coming Monday, August 11th to be exact, another course is beginning that should definitely be of interest to independent and low-budget filmmakers. It's called Guerilla Filmmaking, and it's being taught by Ryan Connolly of Film Riot fame. So, if you've got any spare time this coming Monday through Wednesday, tuning into Connolly's course will provide an educational alternative to the cat videos that you would probably be watching otherwise.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with CreativeLive, they produce and sell multiple-day workshops (usually 2-3 days), which cover a wide variety of creative topics, everything from photography/filmmaking and audio production to arts and crafts and business/finance for creatives. What sets CreativeLive apart from the multitude of sites where you can purchase topical seminars is that the CreativeLive streams them live over the internet, and those live broadcasts are completely free to anyone who wants to participate. The online audience can join the chat room for any given live class and interact with the instructor in real-time. And if you don't have time to catch the broadcast live, no worries. It is re-broadcast multiple times during the days that it's playing live, and for a day or two afterwards.

So what all will you learn in Connolly's Guerilla Filmmaking course? Here's the course description to give you an idea.

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.

If you've followed Ryan and his Film Riot crew at all during the past few years, you know that these guys have made quite a few successful short films and mountains of other video content for their show, and they share every tip, trick, and technique that they used to create that content down to the smallest details. Not only that, but they've done all of this both with budgets and with no budgets at all, so Connolly's in a good place to teach you the A-Z of filmmaking regardless of what equipment you have or what kind of budgets you have access to.

The course runs from Monday, August 11th to Wednesday, August 13th from 9am to 4pm Pacific Time. So if you're interested in Connolly's comprehensive 3-day filmmaking workshop, hop on over to CreativeLive and sign up for Guerilla Filmmaking (it is free, after all).

Link: Guerilla Filmmaking with Ryan Connolly -- CreativeLive

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I am very excited about this. I have learned so much from Ryan over the years. Long before I started shooting I found myself watching Film Riot just because I thought it was a funny show. Film Riot was my free film school.

August 10, 2014 at 1:12PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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I'll be watching for sure, thanks for the heads up nfs.

August 10, 2014 at 2:53PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Xiong

Just curious - has there been a well known project shot in its entirety on chroma/green screen, with the gorilla style B-footage? In other words, you walk into a crowded cafe, pull out your 5D, take a few minutes worth of surreptitious shots, then create an actual scene with that as a background, the actors being in front of nothing but the green screen in your basement.

August 10, 2014 at 9:58PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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DLD

I did that in 2001 in the cafeteria in my highschool. I wanted a scene in the cafeteria during lunch but it was too loud so we tried green screening it. Don't have a copy of the finished svhs product but im sure it looked bad. Haha

August 11, 2014 at 10:04AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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What went wrong? Were shots/shot angles set up prior? Or was it the camera resolution in relation to chroma? I've seen the B-footage front projected onto a screen, with the actors in front of it. Now, that looked .. iffy ...

August 11, 2014 at 12:48PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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DLD

"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," starring Jude Law and Angelina Jolie comes to mind.

August 16, 2014 at 4:02PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Rick

Cool, Ryan is a great and entertaining teacher!

August 11, 2014 at 1:14AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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ekel

Well, it will be amazing to learn few more things from the man himself. I am not going to miss it!!

August 11, 2014 at 5:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Aakash

so 7h without interruption? at first I thought it was a 2/3 hours couse, but staying in front of a computer screen for 7 straight hours is demanding...

August 11, 2014 at 10:42AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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MRT_

It's something like this:
-1:30 hours of video
15 min interval
-1:30 hours of video
30 min interval
-1:30 hours of video
15 min interval
-1:30 hours

August 11, 2014 at 11:03PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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tungah

Sorry, by interval, I mean break.

August 11, 2014 at 11:04PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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tungah

anyone who is interested in purchasing the Ondemand course so they can view in increments \ on their own schedule, Im interested in splitting it with someone. feel free to email me at creativelive at bowdach.com if you are interested and we can figure it out.

August 11, 2014 at 11:43AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Just wait for few weeks it will be available on pirate sites. Why pay when it gets free.

August 15, 2014 at 3:50PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Scholl Mikravos...

Because the creators of this course put time and effort in making this. That's basically why. ;o)

August 20, 2014 at 4:54AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Disappointed.
I have stopped watching every single day.
It is free, but not, as time is money. At least my time :-)

August 13, 2014 at 4:47PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Robert

Sounds like a plan! thanks Leonard!

August 14, 2014 at 4:45PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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it was $99 one hour ago. Now is $129...

Why is that?

August 15, 2014 at 4:00PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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alex mand

I watched it for some time and it was quite informative and entertaining. But it has absolutely nothing to do with guerilla filmmaking.

August 20, 2014 at 4:52AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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