How to Create Short Form Content as a Calling Card Toward Building a Career in Feature Films

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Tyler Gillett

Webinar hosted by: Tyler Gillett

Founder/Director at Radio Silence (Scream (Spyglass), Ready or Not (FOX), Devil's Due (FOX), V/H/S (Sundance), Southbound)

Tyler Gillett is a film, television and new media writer, director and producer based in Los Angeles. He has recently been tapped to direct the new SCREAM film for Spyglass Media Group. Prior to SCREAM, Tyler directed the 2019 hit READY OR NOT, which was one of the biggest successes for FOX Searchlight with a budget of $6MM and grossing over $57MM worldwide. He also directed DEVIL'S DUE for 20th Century FOX and The Orchard's SOUTHBOUND.  As one of the founding members of the filmmaking collective Radio Silence, Tyler got his break with the Sundance hit V/H/S, which originated with short form content he created. In addition to his film credits, he has sold three television shows -- a horror anthology to NBC, an action comedy to Comedy Central, and an adventure show to Disney XD. Tyler got his start working with the online comedy group Chad, Matt & Rob whose work has garnered over 100 Million total views on YouTube.   Full Bio »

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Learn from one of the most successful and in demand directors of the past few years, Tyler Gillett (Devil's Due, Ready or Not, upcoming Scream reboot) exclusively on Stage 32.

 

If you’re reading this and you’re an aspiring storyteller, you’re probably well aware that no path in this business follows a straight line. There’s no recognizable ladder to climb. No standardized “five-year” plan. There are so many questions – How do I get my start? How do I tell stories that inspire me? What’s the right story to tell? How do I find an audience? How do I get recognized? So many questions and no hard and fast “right” answer. 

With the rise of digital technology, storytellers now have access to a new and incredibly valuable set of tools to help sell their ideas. Shooting a compelling short film, web series, or proof of concept has never been easier – and it is one of the most effective ways to practice your craft, showcase your voice and set your work apart from the rest of the pack. But there’s a catch – the increased accessibility of these tools has lead to a dramatic increase in the amount of content created and it has become much harder to cut through the noise and really stand out. 

Tyler Gillett is a film, television and new media writer, director and producer. He has recently been tapped to direct the new SCREAM reboot feature film for Spyglass Media Group. Prior to SCREAM, Tyler directed the 2019 hit READY OR NOT, which was one of the biggest successes for FOX Searchlight with a budget of $6MM and grossing over $57MM worldwide. He also directed DEVIL'S DUE for 20th Century FOX and The Orchard's SOUTHBOUND. As one of the founding members of the filmmaking collective Radio Silence, Tyler got his break with the Sundance hit V/H/S, which originated with short form content he created. He has made an impressive career which launched from directing his own short form content and he's here to show you how to do it. 

Tyler will share his own path and how utilizing these tools helped him move from directing zero-budget digital shorts to directing and producing feature films for studios. Tyler will go over the 4 main benefits to create a short film and how to choose the right idea or genre the compliment your talents to get you noticed. He will get into the script phase and discuss what works and what doesn't as it relates to your characters, tone, style, scale, runtime and more. He will teach you how to design your production model and by giving you 4 huge tips to use heading into production. And, as we all know there are limitations on a smaller production, and to that point, Tyler will present 3 things you need before you get on set to assure a successful production. To prepare you for post production, Tyler will show you how to obtain quality VFX on a budget. And of extreme importance, Tyler will discuss the best places to release your work and why. To illustrate all of these teachable points and more not even mentioned, Tyler will be citing examples from over 10 features including Boogie Nights, District 9, Leviathan, Whiplash, Chronicle and more!

Tyler will discuss how to conceptualize and create low-budget, high-quality short-form content that will wow financiers and producers and help you sell yourself and your ideas to a larger audience.

 

Praise for Tyler:

 

"Tyler is so humble considering all the success he has had. He truly made me feel like I can do anything and that no project is unattainable."

- Kevin M.

"A unique look at short form content as your calling card. It's a fundemental creative shift that can actually HELP you get work from your short work. Bravo Tyler."

- Anne N. 

 

"Another superstar in the Stage 32 lineup. What a thrill to learn from someone of Tyler's caliber. I hope he continues to come back."

Jenna G.

 

"I loved READY OR NOT. And I loved Tyler. So much good information."

- Susan M.

What You'll Learn

Navigating the Business of Catch 22s as a “First-Timer” Creating Short Content

  • The inherent risks of filmmaking
  • What it means to create in the digital frontier
  • How to set you and your idea up for success  

4 Main Benefits of Creating a Short Film

  • Types of production benefits
  • Types of business benefits
  • Types of creative benefits
  • Types of story benefits

How to Choose the Right Idea & Genre

  • The types of “proofs of concept” that get noticed and why
  • Elevated genre pros and cons
  • Comedy and drama pros and cons
  • Mixing genres pros and cons

Discussing What Works and What Doesn't

  • Character
  • Mystery
  • Restraint
  • Total Runtime
  • Mythology
  • Tone, Style & Scale

Developing with Limitations in Mind

  • 3 things you need before you get on set to ensure a successful production

How to Design Your Production Model

  • 4 huge tips that will help you going into production

Integrating VFX Work on a Budget

  • Conceptual help 
  • Options if you decide to outsource or keep it in house

Your Short is Done: Preparing fo Next Steps to Get Noticed

  • The other materials you need in your creative arsenal
  • Lookbooks and ripreels

Where is the Best Place to Release Your Work and Why

  • Digital platorms
  • Film festivals
  • Genre specific outlets

Examples We’ll Cite:

  • Leviathan
  • District 9
  • Whiplash
  • Lights Out
  • Boogie Nights
  • Chronicle
  • Boogie Nights
  • Amateur Night
  • 10/31/98
  • Mountain Devil Prank
  • Transmission

Q&A with Tyler

About Your Instructor

Tyler Gillett is a film, television and new media writer, director and producer based in Los Angeles. He has recently been tapped to direct the new SCREAM film for Spyglass Media Group. Prior to SCREAM, Tyler directed the 2019 hit READY OR NOT, which was one of the biggest successes for FOX Searchlight with a budget of $6MM and grossing over $57MM worldwide. He also directed DEVIL'S DUE for 20th Century FOX and The Orchard's SOUTHBOUND. 

As one of the founding members of the filmmaking collective Radio Silence, Tyler got his break with the Sundance hit V/H/S, which originated with short form content he created. In addition to his film credits, he has sold three television shows -- a horror anthology to NBC, an action comedy to Comedy Central, and an adventure show to Disney XD. Tyler got his start working with the online comedy group Chad, Matt & Rob whose work has garnered over 100 Million total views on YouTube.

 

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