Who am I?
My name is Sareesh Sudhakaran and I'm a filmmaker based in Mumbai, India. For years I've been teaching and helping filmmakers and cinematographers around the world through my hugely popular blog and Youtube channel.
I've also been making shorts, corporate videos, and training videos for more than 15 years. I've even made a feature film! Here's the trailer:
The full movie is available on the same channel and has almost a million views at the time of this writing. It's a locked room murder mystery, you'll love it!
Why are my essays different?
My video essays are different because I've actually spent 15 years in the field, and I know the what is really useful and what is just fluff. The fluff might sound cool, but it won't help you any.
I pay more attention to the "How to" of filmmaking and cinematography:
- How shots were achieved,
- What factors give a film or scene the power it has, and
- How the filmmakers achieved a complex storytelling process.
- What gear was used, and why.
I'm not sponsored by anybody and I don't get any gear for free. You can imagine how tough it must be to make weekly videos. Yet, somehow, I've managed to keep at it for 4+ years. The thing is, I want to keep going and make more, better, videos.
With your support I can accomplish that. This is why I've started a Patreon page.
The way Patreon works is you can donate whatever you want per video and the pledge is recurring with each video after that. So anything, from $1/month up, is hugely helpful to the cause.
The cool thing about Patreon is you don't get charged unless I create the video first. Unlike other crowdfunding ventures, I must deliver before I earn your support. This is as fair as it can be.
What are the video essays about?
I create video essays for filmmakers and cinematographers in three main categories.
1. Filmmaking Essays
The best way to showcase the quality of my work is with a few samples. You already saw the one for Blade Runner 2049 at the top of this page.
Here's another one, for Dunkirk:
Sometimes I showcase one important aspect of a filmmaker's work, so that you can use it practically in your own filmmaking. Like how to use single locations in the most effective way, through lessons learned from the great John Carpenter:
Sometimes I even compare myself to other filmmakers, like this fun video I made on Steven Spielberg:
2. Camera Angles and Movement Analysis
These videos analyze one scene or sequence only for camera angles and movement. How the director executed each shot and why.
Here's one cool example from the great Sergio Leone:
Or how about this one from Qrson Welles' Touch of Evil:
3. Understanding Cinematography
Learn the techniques, tricks and styles of great cinematographers. These videos have gathered a huge following and have been featured by American Cinematographer, Raindance Film Festival, Nofilmschool and many others.
Here are two videos I'm particularly proud of, the first about Emmanuel Lubezki:
And the second about the great Sven Nykvist:
Sometimes I make simple and fun videos as well, like my ode to color grading:
It's hard work to consistently produce high-quality videos and tutorials, but with your help I can make it better!
How often are the videos published?
I make it a point to publish one video per week.
A video essay typically takes an entire week of focused effort, and this has become my full time activity. The research is the hardest part!
How often will I be charged?
I will not charge you more than four times a month, even if I make more than four videos.
If I make less than four videos, you will only be charged for the number of videos I actually publish. E.g., if I only make two videos I will only charge you twice, and so on. If there are no videos in a month there won't be any charges!
What do you do with the money?
Put food on the table. Keep churning videos out. Hire people to help me with research if I reach my goals. Can't get any simpler than this.
All my videos were created alone. I research, I write scripts, I shoot and edit them. One per week. Like clockwork. The amount of energy and time this takes is mind-blowing.
I don't want the money to buy a camera or computer, I already have all that. What I don't have is time. If I can get this time paid for, I won't have to look for other avenues of income. I can focus 100% on making great videos and tutorials.
What you get in return
You are literally making it possible for me to devote time to create more videos for you. I’d much rather be creating videos for you than for corporate clients. Without your patronage, it won’t make financial sense to keep going.
Backers receive different rewards depending on the patronage. Everyone who backs gets to see videos at least 24 hours before I publish them on YouTube. And my eternal humble gratitude.
In addition, depending on the backing level, you will have access to a my notes and further insights into each video, bonus videos, as well as a free Ebook, and special discounts on any of my guides you purchase.
If you haven't already, become a patron now and help support wolfcrow!