Chapter 72 – Guerilla Filmmaking
by Leesa Dean
This week I had planned to attend two YouTube workshops and ended up blowing both of them off. Why? Instead, I took a 3 day, 21 hour online course with Ryan Connolly called Guerilla Filmmaking held by Creative Live. It was intense. And GREAT!
Ryan, for those who don’t know, is the guy behind the wildly successful web show Film Riot. He gives indie filmmakers tips, tools, strategies and opinions. It’s been going on since 2007 and it’s terrific.
The class covered everything from scripts, to coverage, cameras, motion, lighting, direction, SFX, tips, tricks and more. Hands down, it was the best camera/directing class I’ve taken and I bought it after so I could watch it over and over when I finally get my camera.
What’s really interesting, and what Ryan touched on, is how wholly interconnected filmmaking and writing are. Whether you’re doing a film, tv show or web series. Even if you’re not an indie person like me and doing it all, it’s crucial to be informed about all sides of it. It definitely helps you as a writer but it’s really mandatory as a director.
One happy consequence of the class is the brand new Facebook group. Creative Live not only had a chat with two separate rooms going throughout the course, but a side bar, Google Hang style where you could ask questions live and Ryan would answer them AND some people in the audience took it upon themselves to set up a Facebook group. We all joined and it’s great. We’re all sharing info, tips and more. It really speaks to what an incredible tool the internet can become. Simply put, aside from the class being wildly informative and inspirational, having those connections with other people taking the class has really been the icing on the cake.
For anybody reading this blog and planning on getting into any of this (writing and/or directing tv, film and web series), the resources are out there. And I can’t say this enough: this is the greatest time to get involved and do something. You don’t need much money. You don’t need to go to school. And if you distribute it online, ultimately, somebody will pay attention. It’s all out there for the taking.
Finally, like everyone else, I was shocked and heartbroken to hear about Robin William’s death this past week. He was such a major inspiration and a comic genius. Rest In Peace, Mr. Williams. Rest in Peace. You are missed.