DIY Cinematography: Make Your Video Look Like a Movie

DIY Cinematography: Make Your Video Look Like a Movie

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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Project Description

Share a cinematic scene that inspires you — either filmed by you, or filmed by someone you admire.

  1. If you’re new to filmmaking, share a still frame or clip from a film whose cinematography inspires you. In a few sentences, tell us why.
  2. Already in the midst of a project? Shoot and share a cinematic-looking scene of your own.


We all know the difference between a ‘video’ and a ‘movie.’ The goal of this assignment is to make a video that looks like a movie – or at least, one that appears intentional and more cinematic than simply hitting the record button. 

The project I’d love for you to shoot/share is a cinematic moment starring someone creative (this can be someone crafting/building something tangible, making music, etc). 

If you’re feeling ambitious, turn it into a whole mini-doc. 


  • Upload your clip to Vimeo or YouTube and embed it in your Project Workspace
  • Get feedback from your classmates, and even comment on others’ work
  • Can’t wait to see what you share!



Tools That Make the Job Easier

Course Info :

  • 8 Lessons (39m)
  • English
  • 596.4 Mb

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