DIY Lighting!

Another Film Riot special


For all of you soon-to-be content creators, you’re going to learn quickly how important lighting is when shooting a scene; it can be the difference between a half-baked YouTube video and a stunning work of visual storytelling! Soon after you realize how important lighting is, you’ll come to terms with the harsh reality that lighting can be expensive. If you’re like me, you don’t always have an expendable income to throw screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-7-38-35-pmat your content, thus we have Film Riot’s DIY Light Kit video. They briefly discuss different cheap/commonplace items that can be used to create a variety of different styles of lighting, from high to low key, white to colored light. I strongly recommend
checking it out! I actually used their suggested clamp light for some of the photos on this site!


The Gallows Review

A bit of the same, with horror so real.


Albeit I have a tendency to be biased towards found footage films, I did find that “The mv5bmza4yzgwzdatnmq5ns00nzdilthkndgtzmnhmdzkztbinwmzxkeyxkfqcgdeqxvymji3nze4mtm-_v1_sx1777_cr001777999_al_Gallows” was a worth-while experience despite its flaws. Without spoiling the central premise of the plot, the film bases itself on a  “true” (not actually true) play aptly named “The Gallows” of which was the catalyst for a tragedy that occurred many years before the film takes place. I believe that the film does a fantastic job reference the reality that it creates, doing so with such expertise that the audience feels as though “The Gallows” could be real. I’d give “The Gallows” a 3/5, a worthwhile watch on a cold, dark night.


YouTube Channel: Film Riot

High Quality for Low Cost


A YouTube channel that is both fantastic and inspirational, Film Riot  is centered around independent film production for those with both a small crew and budget. They typically have themed videos each month, ranging from DYI camera equipment to visual effects. My specific reason for choosing this video is simple; it is the first Film Riot video I had every came across. I believe their charm comes from the fact that, unlike most tutorials, they have managed to make the content both interesting and memorable for the average joe. Even if you aren’t necessarily interested in film production, you can find value in their content.