Film Riot ( announced today it has formally kicked off “Film Riot’s Epic Summer” with the premiere of Ryan Connolly’s new short film, U.F.Oh Yeah. Announced last month, Film Riot’s Epic Summer is a three month film project created to showcase the work of three up-and-coming indie film directors. For the project, Connolly has teamed up with Andrew Kramer - renown among the filmmaker community and the creator of Video Copilot;  and Seth Worley, who has earned national acclaim for his work with Red Giant Films and such viral indie films as "Plot Device" and the recent sensation, “Old/New” featuring narration by Patton Oswald.

The first installment of Film Riot’s Epic Summer, entitled U.F.Oh Yeah, follows Ned Dedry, a conspiracy theorist and Extra-Terrestrial enthusiast, who had always dreamed of making contact with other-worldly visitors. But, when that day finally arrived, things don’t play out the way he’d hoped.

Connolly’s new film U.F.Oh Yeah! can be viewed here:

Additionally beginning today, Connolly is launching a series of Behind the Scenes (BTS) videos that showcase everything that went into making U.F.Oh Yeah. Taking its direction and inspiration from the original mission for Film Riot, each episode is designed to give the viewer an all-access look into how the short film was made from top to bottom; starting with a two-part “making of” episode. The making-of videos will be followed throughout the month of April by more in-depth episodes on the directing, cinematography, acting and visual effects that went into the production. 

"Our main goal is to be as transparent with the process as possible, even showing the moments when we didn’t think we would be able to get it done and what we did to overcome that,”  added Ryan Connolly, creator of Film Riot.

3 films from 3 directors over 3 months
Film Riot’s Epic Summer is a three month event - beginning today- that will showcase three new films from each of the three directors. In addition to the premiere of these new films,  ‘Epic Summer’ will dive into the process of each filmmaker to see how they made their film, with each film being accompanied by a month-long series of Behind The Scenes films that will dive deep into the techniques and challenges of making each film.

Today, Ryan Connolly kicked off the event with an original new short film, followed by a entire month of behind the scenes shorts. Following that on May 7, 2015, Seth Worley’s short will be released, followed by a month of behind the scenes/how-to episodes about how Seth made the film. And on June 4, 2015, Andrew Kramer’s short film and subsequent behind the scenes series will be released.

All short films and their behind the scenes series can be viewed on the Film Riot YouTube channel here:

About Ryan Connolly
After film school, Ryan started out in a fairly typical fashion: creating music videos and commercials for local clients. He then went on to run the video studio at PC game company, Alienware. But rather than continue following the typical path of many aspiring filmmakers, Connolly came up with the idea to create Film Riot, an online show that would let him share how-to filmmaking tips, get feedback on his work, and ultimately build an audience and a community. Today, his renegade style has earned him a loyal online following of over half a million and his company Triune Films continues to produce weekly online video content like Film Riot and Variant as well as short films, such as the successful TELL, LOSSES, and PROXiMITY.

About Film Riot
Film Riot is a how-to trip through filmmaking from the mind of Ryan Connolly. From how to make great effects to following Triune Films through production, Film Riot explores the art of filmmaking in a way you've never seen. For more information or to join the over 600,000 subscribers to the Film Riot YouTube channel, please visit