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Film Riot

Season 1 2009 - 2016

  • 2009-05-27T04:00:00Z on Revision3
  • 10 mins
  • 4 days, 13 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy, Special Interest

Film Riot is a how-to trip through filmmaking from the hyper-active mind of Ryan Connolly. From how to make great effects to following Triune Films through production, Film Riot explores the art of filmmaking in a way you’ve never seen.
Hosted by Ryan Connolly

654 episodes

1x01 Star Trek vs. Star Wars! The Great Lightsaber - Phaser Battle

  • Series Premiere

    2009-05-27T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Lightsabers, phasers, and a hand gets lopped off to kick start the Film Riot series! The age-old bout of Star wars vs. Star Trek, has led to this mind bending, mind meld of a first episode showing you how to make your own light saber and phaser effects.

Episode two is here. Today we show you how to break an arm in half and blow up some poor fool’s head. And if that wasn’t enough for you to click play… Batman!

To answer a viewers email, in this episode we show you how to create a head shot, splatter some blood and make a convincing muzzle flash.

Ryan cracks open the emails again to answer questions on Day For Night, Giants, and falling from a high ledge with out that annoying death thing.

1x05 Car Crash, Teleportation and Nudity

  • 2009-06-24T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Want to make your friends teleport, show a car crash, or just think male nudity is always funny? Well then… This is your episode.

1x06 PMS: The Horror Movie

  • 2009-07-01T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

It’s their time of month again… But this time it’s deadly.

Episode 7 will show how we did two of the effects from PMS: The Horror Movie.

Come see all the drama in Huevos vs Huevos, and then learn to crush a head and a little 3 point lighting.

Learn how to reenacted how you feel after a break up with the Heart Torn Out effect, then stick around for some quick tips on Depth of Field.

1x10 Green Screen and Sex Appeal

  • 2009-07-29T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Come see how to set up and light an inexpensive green screen.

1x11 Human Cloning and Camera Techniques

  • 2009-08-05T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

In this episode we show how to duplicate your actor and break down some basic camera set-ups.

This episode covers everything from Simple in camera effects to intense After Effects techniques. Oh… And Brian Brushwood…

1x13 White Men Can Jump?

  • 2009-08-19T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Learn to leap over a car or just get hit by one.

Learn about lens adapters and how you can get a shallow depth of field without spending a ton of cash!

Today’s episode shows one of the many available DIY designs for making your own track dolly, then a quick tip on audio.

1x16 $30 DIY Steadycam vs. $500 Glidecam

  • 2009-09-09T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Find out how to built a DIY steadycam for under $30.

1x17 Make Movie Rain for $20

  • 2009-09-16T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Learn how to get great looking movie rain for $20!

1x18 Take a Peek in Ryan's Mail Sack

  • 2009-09-23T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan answers questions about slow-mo, shutter and shanking your friends.

1x20 Bustin a Cap with Film Riot

  • 2009-10-07T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Do you feel lucky? Well do ya… Punk!

1x21 Crackin Some Heads and Blowing Crap Up

  • 2009-10-14T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Gore, explosions and mullets! What more could you ask for?

A shocking gore filled episode. Come see how to chop off a hand or stab a neck.

1x23 Film Riot’s Halloween Special Promo

  • 2009-10-28T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

An announcement on this week’s release.

Film Riot goes to two different locations that are known for their paranormal activity.

1x25 Cut a Throat and Projectile Vomiting

  • 2009-11-04T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Learn how to do similar effects that you’ve seen in “The Exorcist” and “From Hell”.

Film Riot revisits some of the effect from older ads. Plus the announcement to the editing contest.

Get a back stage look into the making of the show and learn a thing or two about coverage, the 180 degree rule and editing while you’re at it.

Josh and Bruno put the power of spinach to the test… MythBusters style.

Ryan reviews three cameras priced under $1,000 and tests out some sexy slow-mo.

Ryan explains how to give your set a healthy does of extenze.

1x31 Deleted Scenes & Extended Outtakes

  • 2009-12-16T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

An episode filled with stuff that didn’t make the cut. And by popular request, extended outtakes.

1x32 Let it Snow Playa!

  • 2009-12-23T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Build your own snow machine and get crunk in the blizzard.

Your choices for the best sketch, moments and quotes from 2009.

1x34 Be a Jedi, Use The Force

  • 2010-01-06T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Learn to move objects with your mind just like in Star Wars.

1x35 Film Riot Takes A Sick Day

  • 2010-01-13T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan is sick… soooo… no Film Riot this week.

Ryan talks about aspect ratios and the guys try some homemade make-up.

Learn how to pull off a knife throw to the face without digital effects.

1x38 Learn Some Audio History Biatch!

  • 2010-02-03T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan talks audio history, ADR and Foley. Plus the winning flour & water viewer tutorial.

Learn the basics of production audio to have your films sounding better than ever!

Learn some of the many uses of Foley, and see the conclusion to the Silent Film!

Go behind the scenes as Film Riot shoots the opening sketch for next week.

Check out these two custom ads that were a blasty to make. Then see a clip from next weeks episode.

Ryan gives an overview of the pros and cons of using HD-DSLR camera for filmmaking.

1x45 March hates Ryan

  • 2010-03-25T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

March really hates Ryan.

The DSLR lovin continues with an original Film Riot sketch shot using three different DSLR cameras.

1x47 Canon 5D & Lumix GH1 Review

  • 2010-04-07T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan reviews the Canon 5D MRKII and Lumix GH1.

Pentax and Nikon reviews, followed by Milk chugging, bullet deflection and safe sword battles.

Ryan discusses some creative uses for your camera, NAB & we get some info from a special guest on getting good audio when shooting with your DSLR.

1x50 Turn Your Tripod into a Dolly or Jib!

  • 2010-04-28T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Learn how to use your tripod as a Dolly or Jib, then learn about using different camera techniques to enhance your story.

1x51 Learn to Write Screenplays for Film

  • 2010-05-05T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Learn how to Format a professional Screenplay and Get Advice From Full Sail's Writing Instructor.

Get advice on what to do with your script once it is complete from Ryan and Full Sail's script instructor.

Learn how to build a DIY jib for under $200 and Josh finds out that he has a stalker!

The Cast, Crew and Characters of Film Riot answer your questions about the show!

Josh has come back from the dead! Plus Ryan shows how to create cheap/easy zombie makeup and gore.

1x56 Batman, Mafia and Mother Effing Nature!

  • 2010-06-09T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Enjoy Batman and Mafia Guys outtakes, courtesy of Murphy's Law. Plus our top 5 Zombie movies and the winner of the Nokia Booklet 3G.

1x57 Zombie Apocalypse!

  • 2010-06-17T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Last time we showed you fast and cheap zombie effects. This week we take it up a notch to show you how to get much better zombie results.

Learn how we ran over Bruno's head in the Zombie Josh finale!

1x59 The No Episode... Episode.

  • 2010-06-30T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan explains why we don't have a full episode. Hint... It's because he went to San Francisco.

1x60 When Hyperactivity Meets Red Bull!

  • 2010-07-07T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan slams 7 Red Bulls and tries to concentrate long enough to explain how to motion track, make a sniper scope and dunk your friends face in the toilet!

1x61 UFOs & Tinfoil Space Suites

  • 2010-07-15T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

In this episode, Ryan show's how to have your own low budget Alien encounter. Learn Sky Replacement, plus animation and compositing techniques.

Ryan show's how to pull off the shrink ray from the UFO episode.

Learn how to do the head shot from the Red Bull episode, plus some creative camera techniques and how to get a pro looking light ring for less than $10!

Learn how to set up and key out green screens like the pros!

1x65 Learn from Film Riot's Mistakes!

  • 2010-08-11T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

See how we failed, so you don't make the same mistakes.

Film Riot's web cam episode, get a look at what's coming and you questions answered.

1x67 Compositing, Brian Brushwood and Pimpin

  • 2010-08-25T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Brian Brushwood guest stars in todays Film riot. Learn about compositing and how you too can be pimping and sexy!

1x68 Pyrotechnics and You!

  • 2010-09-02T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan Shows how to set your house a-blaze without the remodeling bill.

1x69 How to Cast Your Film!

  • 2010-09-08T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

We go back to Full Sail University to speak with one of their course directors about casting!

1x70 Ryan's Pre-Pro Process

  • 2010-09-16T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan talks about his way of doing pre-pro, and how to get a no-budget casting call together.

1x71 Storyboarding & Scheduling your Film

  • 2010-09-22T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan finishes discussing his way of doing pre-production, with Storyboarding, lining the script and scheduling.

1x72 Make Your Own War Film!

  • 2010-09-29T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Film Riot makes their first serious action short film! And then shows you how to do it.

1x73 Using CGI in Live Action

  • 2010-11-03T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Film Riot is back! And today the guys show how they did the tank from their war short film.

1x74 How to Make a Music Video

  • 2010-11-10T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Go behind the scene to see what went into Ryan making his first music video.

1x75 Popp'in that Magical Power Yo!

  • 2010-11-17T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan shows how to pull off the magic power effect from the fable ad.

1x76 Thanksgiving Announcement

  • 2010-11-24T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving and explains why there is no episode.

1x77 Canon 5D mkII vs The Canon T2i

  • 2010-11-29T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan tests his 5D up against the T2i, to see how the sub $1,000 camera stacks up to the professional 5D!

Ryan answers a few popular question that have been asked since the last episode. Plus... Josh may have crossed a line!

1x79 Manipulate Your Audience with Music

  • 2010-12-15T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan talks about using music in your Film to help give your audience the emotion you want.

Anthony Carboni comes down to hang out with the crew! Once him and Josh open a time traveling wormhole, things get interesting... plus, we talk about audio mixing.

1x81 A Very Film Riot Christmas Special!

  • 2010-12-23T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today's Christmas special is something completely new! We take a break from the tutorials to gift wrap an episode of madness!

Ryan gives the run down of all the gear he uses for Film Riot, and shows the extras he will be getting to make his short film 'TELL'. Plus, lear how they did two of the most requested effects from the Christmas special.

Ryan shows how to do the Michael Bay Elf shot from the Christmas special. Plus, we go to the location that he will be using to shoot his short film 'TELL', and gives a little trick to turn any location into the perfect space for your film.

With the use of plug-ins like Twixtor and the ones that are built into After Effects and Motion, we show you how to pull off high-speed slow motion without having a high-speed camera. Plus, some pimp walkin', Lost venting, and a lot of fun.

It's been far too long since we've taken a look into Ryan's mail sack! So today Ryan answers a bunch of questions submitted through Facebook and twitter. See his answers on questions about headshots, directing, lens flares, cheap editing software and more

After getting flooded with questions about how we did the zombie mommy effect, we decided to break down the technique for you in today's episode.

Learn how to make three different demon voices, get the most from your cell phone's video camera and learn how to have a pool of blood flow from your actor's head. All in one of the funniest Film Riot's to date!

Learn how to shoot a driving scene without needing the assistance of car mounts! ryan shows three different methods to achieve the effect! Including an old but cool technique.

Since Ryan and Josh are going to Spain, they've decided to give you a question episode instead of leaving you without one! See if your question gets answered and find out what happens When Brian Brushwood crashes the Film Riot shoot!

After getting a lot of questions asking for some elaboration on a few of the answers given lately... Ryan decides to roll out a little clarity on things like SD cards, PAR lights and 24p conversions.

Learn how to take your production to the next level by building a China Ball and dimmer. Ryan shows how you add these bad boys to your gear list for cheap! Plus get updated on the Film Riot re-brand, Triune t-shirts and our new show Film State!

As we move closer to shooting 'TELL', it has come time to do our lighting tests for the film. So, Ryan walks you through his method for lighting tests and why he does them. Then Brian Brushwood comes by to have a face off between Ryan's Digital Magic and Brian's Analog Magic... Can you tell which is which?

Last week we showed you the digital vs. Analog challenge. This week we give you the answers and then show you how we did the digital effects!

1x94 Karate, Sugar & Cars!

  • 2011-03-30T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan uses a new and cool technique to blast Josh across the room! Plus, Emily is back and we go to Spain!

1x95 I'm An Angel Dang It!

  • 2011-04-06T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Learn how to create awesome light streaks for your next sci-fi, horror or heavenly film.

Ryan try's out 6 different methods of creating fake blood!

In the continuation to last weeks Film Riot, we find out what happens when Josh's inner demons take over!

1x99 Evil Twins & the One Punch Exorcism!

  • 2011-05-05T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

In the finale of the possessed Josh series, Emily comes to put an end to the madness! Plus learn how to do the evil twin in the mirror and eye reflection effects from the last episode!

1x100 Film Riot's 100th Episode!!!

  • 2011-05-12T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today we celebrate our 100th episode! You sent in your favorite moments and we put together the 100 greatest in less than 3 minutes!

1x101 The First Day of Shooting TELL!

  • 2011-05-19T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today we finally get to showing you guys the behind the scenes from the filming of Ryan's short film 'TELL'!

In this episode of Film Riot, Ryan invites Todd Bruno (lead actor in TELL) to sit down and discuss acting, directing actors and everything in-between. Also, we show you day 2 of shooting TELL and much more!

In this episode of Film Riot, we have the continuation of Todd Bruno (lead actor in TELL) and Ryan's conversation on acting, directing actors and everything in-between.

1x104 The Super 8mm Effect & Day 4 of 'TELL'

  • 2011-06-09T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Want to make your footage look like 8mm film? Film Riot has a gift for you! Plus, Ryan answers the most popular questions that have been asked since the start of 'TELL,' including "When will TELL be coming out?" Then see day 4 of production on 'TELL!'

There are many different job titles to fill when making a film, so many that it can get very confusing with who is doing what! But that is where today's episode will help! Ryan explains the top jobs needed to make your film a reality! Then catch up on the progress of TELL.

1x106 Punt Your Friends & Fly Like An Eagle!

  • 2011-06-23T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today we show you how to shoot off into the sky like the man-Oh-steel himself! Plus learn how to field goal kick your pals and have some sexy pool time with Ryan... Then we finish up the jobs needed for your film production!

1x107 Final Cut Pro X: Awesome or Suck?

  • 2011-06-30T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

With all the craziness surrounding the release of the latest Final Cut software, Ryan and team weigh in on whether FCPX is worth your money or just worthless. Ryan goes over the good and bad of the software to cut through all the conflicting reports that have been coming out about it.

1x108 Surround Sound in Film!

  • 2011-07-04T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

In this first Film Riot Mondays, Ryan talks about the use of surround sound in films like Saving Private Ryan, Transformers and Darkness Falls. Then we discuss how you can use the same techniques to enhance your projects!

Today we show how to set off a bomb in your front yard without the cops getting called! Then we show you the last weekend for production on 'TELL.' Very sad, but also awesome!

1x110 Make Your Own Gun Sounds Effects!

  • 2011-07-11T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan grabs some leftover firecrackers to try and make his own gun sound effects from scratch.

It's been a while since the last mail sack episode, so Ryan busts out some questions that you guys sent in through twitter and Facebook!

1x112 How to Shoot a Scene!

  • 2011-07-18T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today Ryan talks about coverage, and how to use it to properly shoot a scene. Plus, Is Josh a wizard?

1x113 Harry Potter Effects!

  • 2011-07-21T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today Ryan recreates the spell casting effects from the Harry Potter films. Plus, Josh takes revenge on Emily after he finds out that she gave the wand to him with bad intentions.

1x114 More Harry Potter Effects!

  • 2011-07-25T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today Ryan covers another effect from the Harry Potter films. Learn how to apparate just like a wizard!

1x115 Cowboys & Aliens' Effects!

  • 2011-07-25T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

With Cowboys & Aliens hitting theaters, the team thought that they would try their hand at a few effects from the film! Plus, Josh made his own working wrist weapon... but with a twist!

Ryan covers the basics of camera techniques, including the emotional effect using them will have on your audience.

1x117 Cowboys & Aliens Prop and Lens Flares!

  • 2011-08-04T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today Ryan shows how to add lens flares to your lights in post, how we made the Cowboys & Aliens prop and how to make that bad boy move!

Today Ryan goes into what CineStyle is and why you need it, the we talk about how to import your DSLR footage and the best way to export it for the web.

Today we once again dip into the mail sack. We talk about things like good cheap mics film school and filters! Plus Ryan talks about how you can get a free movie poster!

1x121 The RED EPIC!

  • 2011-08-18T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan has the RED EPIC on loan from the good people of Kessler Crane, so... Now he will break it out to show you the basics of how the camera works!

1x122 Canon 5D MKII VS The Red Epic!

  • 2011-08-22T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Every wonder if a HDSLR can match up against a Red cam? So did we, and so we did something about it! Today Ryan puts his 5D against the Red Epic to see how close he can get his camera's quality to that of 5k!

Ryan gives tips on finding a location for your film, then shows one of his favorite indie filmmaking techniques - the wheelchair dolly!

1x124 Bullets, Water & GoPros

  • 2011-08-29T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan shows how to get the effect of bullets traveling through water, plus we use the go pro and give a quick sound tip.

Ryan gives his opinion on CS5.5 and answers some questions he has already answered!

1x126 Sky Replacement & Film Terms!

  • 2011-09-05T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan shows a basic technique for sky replacement.

Ryan shows how you can use everyday things found around your house to make some great special effects.

1x128 Drive Fast Without Driving Fast!

  • 2011-09-13T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Look like your breaking the speed limit without breaking any laws! Plus we pull off an effect from the new Drive video game!

1x129 Behind the Scenes of 'LOSSES'

  • 2011-09-15T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan takes us behind the scenes of 'LOSSES' to talk about what went into making the short with very little resources.

1x130 The Guns of 'LOSSES'

  • 2011-09-19T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

We've had hundreds of questions about how to get realistic looking guns, without having to use the real thing. Today Ryan shows the guns we used in losses and explains why they are better and where you can get them.

1x131 The Fight Choreography of 'LOSSES'

  • 2011-09-22T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Knocking out another one of our most asked questions, today we cover planning and shooting a fight scene!

1x132 Advanced Muzzle Flashes!

  • 2011-09-26T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today Ryan shows how to do advanced muzzle flashes like those seen in Losses... Plus how you can still do gun shot effects even without expensive programs.

1x133 Post Production Audio from Losses!

  • 2011-09-29T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan covers what goes into the post production audio for Losses; everything from ADR to Foley. Plus he talks about using Adobe Audition for the Project.

1x134 Freebies & Know Yo Lingo!

  • 2011-10-03T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

In today's episode, we track down and give links to all of the freebies we've put up for you guys to download! Plus, more "Know Yo Lingo" action.

Today Ryan shows off the app he used for slate, Movie Slate app for iPad, during the filming of Losses. Plus, he talks about how to sync your audio and video when recording them separately.

1x136 Blow Your Friend's Arm Off!

  • 2011-10-17T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

In this first episode of Bloodtober, Ryan demonstrates how to blow off your friend's arm!

Bloodtober continues, earning it's name in today's bloody episode! Plus Ryan's trip to LA and inside the LetusDirect Master Cinema Series launch event!

Another bloody Bloodtober episode! This time we show you how to splatter blood like a pro using an air compressor bought from Home Depot. Also, find out who dies next.

1x139 Make a Head Go Boom!

  • 2011-10-27T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Continuing on the bloody Bloodtober train, Ryan revisits an old effect, but with a much bloodier result! Plus, someone else dies today! Find out who.

1x140 The Halloween Massacre!

  • 2011-10-31T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

In this final episode of Bloodtober, Ryan deals the last few death blows and saves his greatest vengeance for Josh!

1x141 Zombies, Batman & Axe Murder!

  • 2011-11-03T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today we see the return of the Batman! Plus we break down how we did some of the violence from the Halloween special, and find out what it would be like to room with a zombie.

1x143 Stab Necks and Know Your Lingo!

  • 2011-11-10T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Thanks to popular request, today we are showing how we did the neck stab from LOSSES! Plus we bust out some more film lingo!

1x144 Canon C300 Vs the Red Epic!

  • 2011-11-14T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan shares his thoughts on the new Canon and Red cameras!

Learn how to create Hollywood style ground bullet hits on a low budget!

1x146 Mail Sack with Todd Bruno!

  • 2011-11-21T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

We answer your questions on acting, directing, and the films we are most embarrassed to admit we like!

1x147 Top 10 Green Screening Tips!

  • 2011-11-24T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

See a creepier than usual Film Riot sketch, and hear our top 10 tips to better green screening.

1x148 Red Giant's Primatte Keyer

  • 2011-11-28T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan shows off his favorite plug-in for keying.

Today we show how we did the God's POV effect from the Fairy of Dreams Sketch.

Once again, we turn to your questions for another Mail Sack episode.

1x151 The Filmmaker's Christmas List

  • 2011-12-08T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan gives his picks for the best gear to tuck under your tree this holiday!

On today's new Mail Sack episode, Ryan talks his favorite Plug-ins, cheap compositing software and his first work experience.

1x153 The Super Duper Balloon Stabilizer!

  • 2011-12-15T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan was challenged to come up with a new and different way to stabilize a camera... He accepted!

Today we show a promo for our Christmas special and answer your submitted questions!

1x155 A Very Film Riot Christmas!

  • 2011-12-22T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Christmas is here! Which means it is time for another Film Riot Christmas Special. So join in on the random Holiday inspired fun!

1x156 How to Build a $25 DIY Boom Pole

  • 2011-12-26T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan builds a cheap and effective boom pole. Plus, get some good tips to operating your boom mic!

1x157 Top 11 Film Riot Moments of 2011

  • 2011-12-29T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

You guys voted, and now here are the 11 fan favorite moments of 2011!

1x158 Face Time with Josh & Bruno!

  • 2012-01-02T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

For today's Q&A segment, we decided to give Josh and Bruno a chance to answer some of your questions!

1x159 The Grindhouse Effect

  • 2012-01-05T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ever want to make your own 70's Grindhouse film!? Today, Ryan shows you how to do that.

1x160 Filmmakers on Twitter & UFOs

  • 2012-01-09T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Another mail sack with Ryan. This time, we talk favorite filmmakers on Twitter, working with a cinematographer, manual focus, and coming up with a story.

1x161 DIY Shoulder Rig

  • 2012-01-12T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Using some easy-to-get supplies, Ryan shows you how you can make your own DIY shoulder rig for under $20!

1x162 Q&A with Emily!

  • 2012-01-16T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

We gave Bruno and Josh their time in the Q&A seat! Next up is the always adorably evil Emily!

1x163 $25 DIY Dual Shoulder Mount

  • 2012-01-19T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Last week we made a DIY shoulder mount. This week we wanted to take it up a notch and try something we haven't seen done before. What we came up with is something we call the Film Riot .50 Cal! An awesome DIY approach to a shoulder rig.

1x165 $10 DIY Light Stand!

  • 2012-01-26T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Learn how you can build your own light kit!

On today's Q&A, Ryan and Josh team up to give some good info and a bit of nonsense.

1x167 $10 DIY Camera Slider!

  • 2012-02-02T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

It's the most requested DIY build we've gotten yet! So today we finally throw together a cheap and easy build for a DIY slider, that is also very effective!

On today's episode, Ryan answers questions on features filmmaking, casting, editing software, and the difference between a Cinematographer and a Director of Photography.

Today we show how you can build a DIY stand to use with background materials for photography and video work! Plus learn how to get the "Apple" look. Also...is Josh really a Fairy?

1x170 Composers, Jokes and Dream Projects!

  • 2012-02-13T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

On today's Mail Sack, Ryan talks how to find a composer and his dream projects!

1x171 Turn Your Friends into Fairies!

  • 2012-02-16T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today we show how to do the Fairy Domain Mother Effect!

1x173 Make Your Very Own Demon!

  • 2012-02-23T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today we show how you can easily create the demon effect as seen in the Fairy sketch. Plus, we say farewell to Florida!

1x174 Film Riot in Texas!

  • 2012-03-16T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

We make the journey to Texas and answer a few of your questions!

1x175 Photography Tips!

  • 2012-03-17T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Learn to be a better cinematographer by first mastering photography.

In today's mail sack, special guest Chris Martin answers your questions on photography.

1x177 F-Stop, Shutter Speed & ISO Explained!

  • 2012-03-22T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today we go back to some filmmaking 101 with explanations for the three most important camera setting to know: F-Stop, Shutter Speed and ISO setting!

On today's mail sack, see Ryan's first way awesome camera, some tricks to find music for your films and much more!

Today on Film Riot we show you how to hang your friends by the neck until dead... the safe way.

On today's sack-o-mail, Ryan answers questions on the Canon 5D MKIII, camera stabilizers, his 5 worst movie picks and more!

1x181 How to Shoot a Film With an iPhone!

  • 2012-04-05T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today we create a short sketch using an iPhone 4S as our only camera! Then, we show you how to get that kind of quality from your cell phone!

Today, Josh is running this thing. Find out if he believes in Bigfoot and lots more!

1x183 The Best iPhone Apps for Filmmakers!

  • 2012-04-12T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan busts out his favorite iPhone apps for filmmakers!

On today's mail sack Ryan gives his thoughts on stabilization, storyboarding, working for free,and how he handles negative criticism.

1x185 Bieber Fever & Demon Eyes

  • 2012-04-19T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

There is something demonic about that Justin Bieber fella... Today we find out a bit about that! Plus learn to spit flies, create demon eyes and we punch Josh in the wiener!

1x186 The First Ever Monday Challenge!

  • 2012-04-23T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Writing, cameras, casting and more on today's mail sack! Plus the first ever Monday Challenge (get ready to impress Ryan!) and Josh gets lost in the desert.

We go skydiving without parachutes, get lost in the desert, beat you in a staring contest, and have a dancing ape! All in today's episode of Film Riot! Plus, learn how to digitally create the perfect location when you can't find the real thing!

1x188 The Push Pull Challenge

  • 2012-04-30T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today, Ryan answers 3 questions from his mail sack, premieres the promo for our new show, and plays the best submissions from the Monday Challenge.

1x189 Put Yourself in the Avengers!

  • 2012-05-03T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ever want to put yourself in your favorite movie? Well, after today's episode you will be able to do just that! After putting ourselves in the Avengers trailer, Ryan breaks down all the techniques you need to know so you can pull off the same effect!

Do you have to be a good actor to be a good director? Find out on today's episode. Plus see the results of last week's Monday Challenge and find out what is next!

1x191 Skydiving With Visual Effects!

  • 2012-05-10T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today we finally get to how we did the skydiving effect! And we also have a special guest you won't want to miss.

On today's episode, Ryan announces the release date for 'TELL' and shows off your Monday Challenge!

1x193 Film Continuity & Movie Mistakes!

  • 2012-05-17T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ever wonder what continuity is exactly? Today we break that down for you! Plus we reveal some hilarious mistakes in a few of a the biggest films of all time!

We answer more of your questions, tell you how you can recieve a free poster, and get to the next Monday Challenge!

1x195 Film Riot's Three Year Anniversary!

  • 2012-05-24T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today is our 3 year anniversary! We have the top three Film Riot sketches of all time, voted by you! And some cool announcements.

Today Ryan answers your questions about TELL, gives the latest Monday Challenge and reveals the best of the month winners!

1x197 Color Correction, End Credits & TELL

  • 2012-05-31T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Confused about what the difference between color correction and color grading is? Today Ryan explains the two and shows how he matched two shots through color correction. Also, we give away a template for professional looking end credits.

1x198 Film School, Networking & New Projects!

  • 2012-06-04T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today Ryan pulls out a punch of mail sack questions! Plus we have one of the worst endings to a film ever.

Today Ryan shows the lights he uses the most and some low-to-no-budget solutions, too!

1x200 The Fighting Challenge!

  • 2012-06-11T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today, Ryan answers some of your questions, shows the best interrogation submissions and gives a whole new challenge.

1x201 Lighting: Part 2

  • 2012-06-14T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today, Ryan shows what affect different types of light will have on an actor. We also talk light modifiers and show the Skydiving AD without any visual effects!

Today, we answer your submitted questions and shave Bruno's beard to what you all voted on!

1x203 How To: Basic Cinematography Tips!

  • 2012-06-21T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

In our ongoing talk about lighting, today, we break down two set-ups: one day and one night. Plus, we look at some basic cinematography ideas.

1x204 The Fighting Challenge!

  • 2012-06-25T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today, we answer more questions, and show a few submissions to the fighting challenge!

In the 2nd cinematography episode, Ryan breaks down a simple large room setup where actors move around the scene.

Today Ryan answers questions on Final Cut Pro X, being your own camera man, ADR and more! Plus Sylvester Stallone sings country music?

Ryan shows a technique to turn 1 light into an entire lighting set up! Plus how to get power for your lights when there is none.

1x208 Monday Challenge: Day for Night!

  • 2012-07-09T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today, we answer a few more of your questions, show the winners of the last Monday Challenge: Day for Night, and reveal the next one, which involves STAR WARS!

1x209 Interview Lighting & Golden Hour!

  • 2012-07-15T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

The 4th installment of our cinematography series has tips on interview set ups. Then Ryan explains the term Golden Hour.

YouTube money, SD cards, film festivals, and Nicolas Cage being insane! Just another Mail Sack episode!

1x211 The Meaning Behind Camera Movement!

  • 2012-07-19T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today, Ryan discusses the meaning behind camera movement in film! Plus a tip for free light diffusion and how to get a great eye light!

Today we answer your questions and break out the best submissions for the Star Wars Monday Challenge!

Using Magic Bullet, Ryan goes through the basics of color correction! Plus a new custom AD and torturing Bruno in 300fps!

Ryan answers your submitted questions and suggests the short film that lead to the feature film 'District 9'.

1x215 How-To: Color Grading Tutorial!

  • 2012-08-03T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Find color grading confusing? Today, we get into the basics of grading your image to get a filmic and stylish look!

1x216 Slow Motion Challenge Winners and Q&A!

  • 2012-08-06T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Who are Ryan's top 3 actors to cast in a Hollywood action flick, more Q&A and the winners of the Slow Motion Challenge!

1x217 Learn to Do a Slow Motion Gun Shot!

  • 2012-08-09T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Emily returns for vengeance on the guys... But will Ryan get his slushy? Plus learn how to get your own Zack Snyder style slow-mo gun shot!

1x218 Black Holes & Slip N Slides

  • 2012-08-13T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan answers some questions including color grading and acting tips plus he discovers the only way to defend yourself from a giant piranha is to kick them in the face.

1x219 Guns, Ricochets & Bad Words!

  • 2012-08-16T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan answers 3 questions including how to do a ricochet with style & getting your own arsenal of awesomeness by breaking out some VFX magic.

1x220 The Decapitation Challenge!

  • 2012-08-20T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today more questions are answered... But more importantly, we show the submissions to the decapitation challenge!

1x221 It's My Tim in a Box!

  • 2012-08-23T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today we get a visit from an old friend! Plus some compositing and color grading tips!

Ryan pulls out his mail sack, getting excellent video quality from YouTube, the best Batman villain & a great music video/short film recommendation!

1x223 The Super Soaker Flamethrower!

  • 2012-08-30T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Emily get's inventive, Josh get's punished, and Ryan shows how you can get a convincing flamethrower visual effect without using expensive 3D programs!

1x224 The Flying Challenge!

  • 2012-09-03T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today, we dip into the mail sack yet again & get to the Flying Challenge submissions!

After a ton of requests for it, today we show how to set someone on fire (safely)!

1x226 Gear and Guilt

  • 2012-09-10T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today, we dip back into the mail sack and bust out a new segment where we discuss our gear!

Ever wish you could run through a wall without breaking any bones? Check out today's episode to see how Film Riot does it! Also, due to popular request, Ryan explains the charred face effect from last episode.

1x228 The Explosion Challenge!

  • 2012-09-17T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today, Ryan answers what he would do with an Avengers movie and we bust out the best Monday Challenge yet!!!

1x229 How to Fall to Your Death and Not Die!

  • 2012-09-20T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today, we show to show your actor fall to their death in one shot, without getting hurt! We also do something a little different as Ryan talks about his new standing desk.

1x230 Mail Sack: How to Create Suspense!

  • 2012-09-24T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today, Ryan answers questions on suspense and how to win a Monday challenge.

Today, Ryan breaks down his top five favorite online filmmaking resources for pre-production. Plus we visit Gizmoslip and blow up a car!

Ryan answers some questions from his Mail Sack and takes a look at the submissions from the Music Video Challenge. Plus, check out the announcement of the two-minute Halloween Challenge, of which there will be only one winner!

Ryan finishes his best of the web picks with ten more great sites for filmmakers. Ranging from product tutorials and reviews to online courses, these are definitely worth a look.

1x234 Halloween Challenge Prize Announcement!

  • 2012-10-08T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today we answer some more viewer questions and reveal the prizes for the Halloween Challenge! Plus, a very important issue regarding the LED light industry!

1x235 Bloodtober: The Best SFX Blood!

  • 2012-10-11T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Fake blood can get a little confusing, so today Ryan breaks out his favorite types of blood to use in film production! Plus, Josh is missing! Can you help us find him?

Today, Ryan reveals Film Riot's new t-shirt, talks about which shotgun mic he prefers to use and answers some more viewer questions!

1x237 Creepy Halloween Style for Your Video!

  • 2012-10-18T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Brian Brushwood unleashes demonic power when Josh refuses to let him in the house! Then Ryan shows how you can create a creepy Halloween style setting for your film.

Today, we answer questions on good starter cameras, how to keep your crew motivated, and more!

Today we have the most grusome finale to any Bloodtober yet! Bryan's soul is out for blood!

In this episode, Ryan shares three runners up out of the hundreds of submissions. Then, the Halloween Challenge winner is declared! One very lucky filmmaker will win the amazing prize pack!

1x241 Take an Axe to a Head!... Safely

  • 2012-11-01T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Due popular request, Ryan is breaking out two more techniques from the Halloween episodes.

1x242 Germans & Star Wars!

  • 2012-11-05T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today, Ryan gives his opinion on the Disney Star Wars situation, directing and more! Plus, a whole new Monday Challenge with another amazing prize!!!

1x243 Pro Follow Focus Vs. $5 Follow Focus!

  • 2012-11-08T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today, Ryan talks about pulling focus, including his favorite follow focus system, a few tips for a sharper image and a $5 DIY follow focus alternative!

More questions, more answers! Today, we crack out questions from Twitter and suggest a great new short film!

Today, Ryan sluts it up a bit again to show the final two effects we will talk about from our Bloodtober finale. Plus, he shows how he got "TELL" into a film festival, and how you can easily get your process started as well.

1x246 The Monday Chase Challenge!

  • 2012-11-19T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today Ryan wears a beanie? And we get the winning submission to the Chase Challenge!

1x247 $277 Fig Rig Vs. $55 Spider Steady

  • 2012-11-22T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

When it comes to rigs, it can be tough making a choice. In this episode of Film Riot, Ryan explains what the fig rig is and how it compares to the Spider Steady. While the Fig Rig costs $277, the Spider Steady costs a mere $55. See which one is best for you!

In this episode, Ryan answers more mail sack questions, presents a new short suggestion from a major filmmaker, and a breakdown of one piece of gear you MUST have!

Thanks to Vid-Atlantic, Ryan got his hands on a few anamorphic lenses and filters to show how different and cinematic they can make your footage. From lenses to filters, Ryan shows you how to achieve the very professional looking widescreen effect.

In today's episode, Ryan talks about where he'd be if he weren't making films, tips for casting calls, what you use a matte box for and why it's so expensive and the winner of the Sterling Graviton Challenge is announced! Plus, Ryan announces the newest Monday Challenge and it's all about, wait for it...lens flares!

1x251 The 2012 Filmmaker Holiday Wish List!

  • 2012-12-06T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Want some great filmmaking gear for the holidays? Ryan gives you a list of must-have items to get you started! The Blackmagic camera, Panasonic GH3 and the Canon T3i are just some of the cameras Ryan thinks should make your wish list. Plus the best audio equipment, post-production tools and more.

1x252 Cinestyle, Short Films, and Christmas!

  • 2012-12-10T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

In this edition of Ryan's Mail Sack, he discusses whether cinematographers in unions are any more talented than those who aren't. Plus, he talks cinestyle picture style for shooting. Then, Ryan talks his favorite movies of the year, from blockbusters like, The Avengers to more indie films like Your Sister's Sister. Lastly, Ryan gives an update on the Film Riot Christmas and gives some tips on the Lens Flare challenge. Also, check out Ryan's short film suggestion!

1x253 Breaking Down Lens Whacking!

  • 2012-12-13T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ever wonder exactly how lens whacking is done? Watch Ryan explain how you can easily pull off this technique!

1x254 Robots, Lens Flares and Winners!

  • 2012-12-17T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today we answer more questions and get to the winners of the Lens Flare challenge!

1x255 A Very Film Riot Christmas - 2012

  • 2012-12-20T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Christmas is here! Which means it is time for another Film Riot Christmas Special. So join in on the random Holiday inspired fun!

Today Ryan answers a bunch of questions, including how he did the Bane voice for the Christmas Special.

1x257 The Top Film Riot Moments of 2012

  • 2012-12-28T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan, Josh, Arris, and Bruno pick their favorite moments of Film Riot this past year to sit down and talk about!

Check out Ryan answer questions including spending a lot of time on a video then scrapping it, does gear define film quality and more. Plus he announces the Reverse Challenge winners.

1x259 A Film Riot Special: The Slate!

  • 2013-01-03T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Since Ryan is sick and going out of town, Josh breaks out a secret project we have been working on as a special sneak peek treat. Check it out and let us know what you think!

1x260 Tripods and Mac & Cheese!

  • 2013-01-07T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan talks about the tripods he uses and answers some user submitted questions. Plus, check out his short film recommendation of the week!

Since Ryan is sick and going out of town, Josh breaks out a secret project we have been working on as a special sneak peek treat. Check our part two and let us know what you think!

Today, Ryan answers a few questions like how long it takes to shoot Film Riot and talks a little about multi-camera shoots. Plus, find out who won the Dolly Shot Challenge and hear Ryan's short film suggestion of the week, which actually turns out to be a series of shorts. Plus, the next Monday Challenge is announced!

For today's Film Riot, Ryan reviews the Final Draft Writer app for the iPad. See what he thinks about it. Plus, Ryan explains fill light and shows you what a difference it makes.

On today's edition of Mail Sack, Ryan sits down with Eric Kessler of the famous Kessler Crane to answer some questions about his company, his R&D, products and tips on using their equipment!

1x265 Put a Helicopter in Your Film!

  • 2013-01-26T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today Ryan shows how you can put a Helicopter, Jet or any other kind of vehicle in your film using visual and special effects!

There were so many AMAZING submissions, we couldn't pick just one! So we decided to make it a Film Riot special and show six of the best submissions, including the winner! Enjoy some remakes of your favorite scenes! Plus, we have some scary sea monsters.

1x267 The 5D Mark II vs 5D Mark III

  • 2013-01-31T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today Ryan tests the Mark II vs Mark III to see if it is worth an upgrade. How does the Mark II stack up to the III in Low light, quality, Moire, Rolling Shutter, and more!

Why you should always put your film credits at the end, what director Ryan would kick out of a car (really!), Ryan's most essential component of getting the "film look" and more. Plus, the short film suggestion of the week.

1x269 GoPro Hero3 Reveiw! Mount it Anywhere!

  • 2013-02-07T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan reviews the GoPro Hero3 and shows how useful the camra can be!

Ryan's favorite British movies, how his filmmaking has improved, DIY lighting and he shares the new Film Riot Monday Challenge: Rain!

1x271 Slow-Mo with the GoPro!

  • 2013-02-14T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan wraps up his review of the GoPro by answering some additional questions... Including: Barttery life, Slow motion, and image quality!

In this episode of Film Riot Mondays, Ryan talks about what the hardest part of shooting Film Riot and Film State is, he weighs in on the Zoom H4n and keeping video noise to a minimum. Plus, Ryan suggests a sweet short film!

1x273 Toss a Fool & Go Invisible!

  • 2013-02-21T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Due to popular demand, Ryan reveals how he pulled off the visual effects from the Crysis 3 advertisement that was in the latest episode of Film State. So prepare yourselves as you learn how to harness the powers of invisibility and tossing fools all through the use of film!

Today Ryan lets you know what he'd do if he won the Lotto, what he loves about being part of Film Riot and the community, shares the Snow & Rain Monday Challenge winners and gives you all the details for the new Movie Scene Challenge.

1x275 Film Riot Special: R.I.P Bruno!

  • 2013-02-28T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today we say goodbye to our great friend Bruno Vieira, Film Riot style!

In this edition of Film Riot Mondays, Ryan chats with Al Mooney, the Product Manager of Adobe Premiere Pro. Hear what he has to say about customer feedback, Adobe Premiere, creative cloud and much more.

On this episode of Film Riot, Ryan checks out Element 3D, an easy alternative to using 3D software in your films! See how he used it and hear his thoughts on the plug-in.

More Q&A, an "Ain't that Some Gear" segment, and a great new short film suggestion!

1x279 Put Some 3D in Your 2D with Element!

  • 2013-03-14T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today Ryan shows how he put the 3D object in his scene from last week! Also, lots of randomness.

On this edition of Film Riot: Mondays, Ryan discusses whether writing is essential to being a DP, how ND filters work, whether he prefers owning movies or streaming them and how experience helps you grow in filmmaking. Plus, he shows off his monopod and explains why its so helpful!

1x281 3D Tracking in After Effects!

  • 2013-03-21T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

With the use of some handy floating text, Ryan shows you a few different forms of 3D tracking in After Effects.

1x282 Mondays: Movie Scene Challenge Winners!

  • 2013-03-25T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

On this edition of Film Riot: Mondays, Ryan announces the the three submissions for the Movie Scene Challenge. From Spider-Man to Fight Club, see what scenes won!

1x283 How We Make an Episode!

  • 2013-03-28T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today we get to a much requested episode. A look behind the scenes at how we make an episode!

1x284 Movie Cliches & Focusing on Steadicam!

  • 2013-04-01T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

On this edition of Film Riot: Mondays, Ryan discusses whether writing is essential to being a DP, how ND filters work, whether he prefers owning movies or streaming them and how experience helps you grow in filmmaking. Plus, he shows off his monopod and explains why its so helpful!

1x285 'The Slate' - Episode 2

  • 2013-04-04T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Back by popular demand, we have the second episode of "The Slate!" This time we have special guest Justin Robert Young at the table!

On this edition of Film Riot: Mondays, Ryan discusses whether writing is essential to being a DP, how ND filters work, whether he prefers owning movies or streaming them and how experience helps you grow in filmmaking. Plus, he shows off his monopod and explains why its so helpful!

1x287 PART II: The Slate

  • 2013-04-11T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

The guys continue their conversation about social media.

From career filmmaking to filmmaking hobbies, Ryan answers your questions. Plus, he shares his thoughts on found footage movies and when to use a anamorphic lens!

1x289 2013 NAB!

  • 2013-04-22T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan brings the must knows from the 2013 NAB!

1x290 Mondays: The Silent Film Winners!

  • 2013-04-23T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan breaks out the winners for the Silent FIlm Challenge!

1x291 The Frozen in Time Effect!

  • 2013-04-25T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today Ryan finally shows how the guys pulled off the final VFX shot from the latest episode of Pimp Your Production!

Ryan interviews the guys from Bloody Cuts and discusses their short films including "Don't Move!"

1x293 How to Freeze Time Cheaply!

  • 2013-05-02T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Want to easily freeze time in your next film project? Watch to learn how to easily accomplish this cool effect.

On this episode of Film Riot Mondays, Ryan shows off the winners from the Emotion Challenge and announces the next challenge! Want to easily freeze time in your next film project? Watch to learn how to easily accomplish this cool effect.

1x295 HitFilm 2 Review!

  • 2013-05-13T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Today Ryan reviews HitFilm2 and Emily catches a rocket!

1x296 Mondays: The Shot Lister App!

  • 2013-05-13T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

Ryan interviews the creator of the Shot Lister App!

After attending Adobe MAX, Ryan gives his thoughts on what he learned there. Plus some quick advice on getting good cheap lenses.

Ryan breaks out the winners for the "Stand Off Challenge" and shares the next Monday Challenge he wants you to take on! Plus, check out Ryan's short film suggestion this week.