Welcome to another episode of ‘Behind the Reel’ and if you’re a Film Riot fan we have a real treat in store for you this week as we interview Ryan Connolly about the art of filmmaking. Film Riot has been active on YouTube since April 2006 and (at time of writing) Ryan has 439,855 subscribers and 66,446,086 views. How many of you went to college to specifically learn about online video? We’re assuming that most of you probably didn’t, and even if you did, you didn’t have a teacher as creative and as funny as Ryan. If you are a filmmaker on a budget, Film Riot is THE place for finding the best tips and tricks for stretching your dollar. Please give a warm welcome to Ryan Connolly, filmmaker and professional idiot (his words)….

Ryan Connolly and Film Riot

ReelSEO: What are the best tips and tricks for video marketers and content creators on YouTube?

film riotRyan Connolly: My top tip is to just love what you do and be passionate about it. Everything else will follow suit. You might not be hitting the highest professional standards that you want to right now, but if you keep doing what you are doing and you love and are passionate about the subject then you’ll get there. Also, authenticity is everything, and if you aren’t actually in love with the thing you are talking about people will see right through that. Projects created just for views, or just for many can often be very damaging in the long term.

ReelSEO: Are there any emerging trends you plan to capitalize on this year?

film riotRyan Connolly: I don’t really follow the trends as I tend to go off what I’m really passionate about and that I personally love. I make things that I want to watch and that I have to make. I don’t make videos just for views, and I think that’s a smart way to operate. However I do see a trend towards more story-telling rather than in just visual effects.

That’s it for this episode of ‘Behind The Reel’. A huge thank you to Ryan for his time and our viewers for watching. You can subscribe to the Film Riot YouTube Channel below: