The Film Riot Podcast

Ryan Connolly

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The Film Riot Podcast is a conversation with talented and innovative filmmakers. From directors, editors, stunt coordinators, DPs, Actors, VFX artists, and so on... We will be diving into the process, art, and lifestyle of filmmaking from every aspec...Show More

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The Difference Between Film & TV with Avi Youabian

53:52 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Avi Youabian is an editor with credits like The Walking Dead, Constantine, Frequency, The Brave, and a director with credits in The Walking Dead, Zoo, and Tainted Love.  Today, Ryan talks to Avi about directing, editing, and the difference between te...Show More

Story Structure: 3 Acts vs 5 Acts

56:47 | Apr 16th

On today’s episode, Ryan talks to Frank Barbiere, comic book and video game writer with credits in Destiny, Violent Love, Five Ghosts, Lobo, Supergirl, Avengers, and more. The guys talk about writing in film and comics, story structure, and working w...Show More

Documentary vs Narrative Filmmaking

44:00 | Mar 26th

On today’s episode, Ryan talks to collaborator, Lucas Harger (editor of BALLiSTIC). But, unlike the last episode with Lucas, this one is all about documentary work. Lucas is an Emmy award-winning editor with several docs under his belt and a lot of k...Show More

From Stunts to Directing with Trevor Addie

53:19 | Mar 12th

Trevor Addie is an incredibly talented stunt performer, stunt coordinator, and director that has worked on some of the biggest films and TV shows out there like, War for the Planet of the Apes, Game of Thrones, Flash, BFG, Warcraft, Star Trek Beyond,...Show More

You Don’t Need Hollywood to Make Your Feature

41:48 | Feb 26th

Today's guest is Zach Lipovsky. Zach is a writer/director that has recently finished two feature films - one for Disney and the other is a small indie film he made on his own with directing and writing partner, Adam Stein. Zach explains how they w...Show More

Getting Your Film Made with Seth Worley

1:00:51 | Feb 12th

Seth Worley is back to talk about making his latest short film and his continued path to making his first feature.

What an Actor Needs & Finding Your Voice

1:02:35 | Dec 4th, 2018

Hannah Ward is an excellent actor with tons of insight. Ryan and Hannah chat about the actor/director relationship, bad experiences, and finding your voice.

Setting up an Independent Film with Graham Powell

1:06:36 | Nov 14th, 2018

Graham Powell is a writer, director, and actor from New York working to get his first independent feature off the ground. Today the guys talk about the ups and downs of independent filmmaking.

Making Short Films & Getting them Seen with Josh Tanner

56:19 | Oct 30th, 2018

Josh Tanner is a writer/director from Australia with some amazing short films like The Landing, The Rizzle, and Reverse. Today Ryan and Josh talk about directing horror, the transition between low budget shorts and larger productions, and getting the...Show More

Film Riot was my Film School with Josh Connolly

53:16 | Oct 17th, 2018

Josh Connolly joins the podcast today to talk about Film Riot and how he found his way into filmmaking.

Directing and Pitching with Dan Trachtenberg

54:46 | Sep 18th, 2018

Dan Trachtenberg is the director of 10 Cloverfield Lane, Black Mirror (Playtest), and the coming series The Boys. Today on the show, Ryan talks to Dan about directing, film school, pitching, and navigating notes.

Directing The Nun with Corin Hardy

42:03 | Sep 12th, 2018

Corin Hardy talks about his experience as a horror director on his latest film, The Nun.

Developing and Releasing Independent Films with Isaiah Smallman

1:04:37 | Aug 28th, 2018

Isaiah Smallman is a writer, director, and producer. Most recently he was the executive producer of the A24 acquired film, "Never Goin' Back". On this episode, Ryan talks with Isaiah about the dos and don'ts of producing and what it takes to create a...Show More

First Feature as a Cinematographer with Daniel Routh

1:09:43 | Aug 21st, 2018

Daniel Routh talks about his experience as the cinematographer on his first feature film.

Getting your first feature made with Mike Pecci

1:01:07 | Aug 14th, 2018

Mike Pecci is a filmmaker from Boston who is currently in development on his first Hollywood feature. On this episode, we discuss his path to creating the script for his film and how he landed it at a major studio.

Getting Noticed in the Film Industry with Seth Worley

59:31 | Aug 7th, 2018

Seth Worley And Ryan Connolly talk about their experiences pitching and trying to get their first features made.

Cinematography for a Narrative Film with Chase Smith

1:01:13 | Jul 24th, 2018

Today's guest is Chase Smith (Cinematographer of BALLiSTIC). Today we talk first narrative as a DP, throwing out the shot list and prepping a story.

Sound Design for Film and Video Games with Rob Krekel

54:41 | Jul 17th, 2018

Today's guest is Rob Krekel (Audio lead at Naughty Dog with credits on games like Uncharted and The Last of Us ). On this episode, Ryan talks to Rob about designing sound to enhance a story and how audio for video games is different from film.

The Creative Process of Writing and Directing with Ryan Booth

1:14:55 | Jul 10th, 2018

Today's guest is Ryan Booth (Writer/Director with credits ranging from music video to commercial work and film ). On this latest episode, the Ryans talk about directing and their personal pathways toward making their first features.

Editing a Short Film with Lucas Harger

1:08:41 | Jul 3rd, 2018

On today’s episode, Ryan talks to collaborator, Lucas Harger (editor of BALLiSTIC). The guys talk about the experience of editing BALLiSTIC, working with short films, and the director and editor relationship.

The Director Composer Relationship with Daniel James

54:17 | Jun 26th, 2018

On today’s episode, Ryan talks with Daniel James. Daniel has worked as a composer on films like Terminator Genisys, Ride Along and Truth or Dare, and video games like Call of Duty and Metal Gear Solid. Today the guys talk about the director/composer ...Show More

Acting for TV and Film with Matt Lanter

1:05:15 | Jun 19th, 2018

On today’s episode, Ryan talks with Matt Lanter. He has a great list of projects under his belt like NBC's Timeless, Pitch Perfect 3 and voice acting as both Aquaman and Anakin Skywalker. Today Matt talks about everything from acting on the stage, to...Show More

The Role of an Editor with Evan Schiff

50:47 | Jun 12th, 2018

On today’s episode, Ryan talks with Evan Schiff (editor of John Wick 2 and the upcoming John Wick 3) about VFX editing, Assistant editing, working with Guillermo Del Toro, editing action scenes and dealing with studio notes.

Directing Low to Big Budget Films with David F. Sandberg

47:03 | Jun 5th, 2018

Ryan talks with David Sandberg (director of Shazam, Lights Out, and Annabelle Creation). We discuss working with actors, pitching to studios, and the ins and outs of prepping/shooting a big budget superhero film. Go to for lin...Show More

Coming Soon: The Film Riot Podcast

0:00 | May 25th, 2018

A short promo for the coming Film Riot Podcast.