Starting in January the author of The Guerrilla Guide To Moviemaking, C.R. Bell,

will be presenting a monthly column to give teachers ideas for fun exercises they can do to teach the fundamentals of filmmaking.

Each “Curriculum Corner” article will include a lesson about a specific topic and an exercise designed for the students to apply the filmmaking concept being presented. The columnGuerrillaGuideCover willGuerrillaGuideCover include photos, videos and animation to help explain each concept. Currently in the cue are lessons for “Crafting an Interview”, “Shooting Miniatures” and “The Power of the Close-up.”

The exercises will then be added to the exercises that already exist as part of the The Guerrilla Guide To Moviemaking—Moviemaking 101/201 Curriculum Materials available at

Meet the author:

C.R. Bell is a director of photography, filmmaker and author. His latest film, The Trout That Saved Mono Lake, has been in several film festivals and is currently on tour with The Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

CRBell2C.R. began his career as an advertising agency art director in Los Angeles creating award-winning campaigns for clients such as Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream, Suzuki Motor Cars, and Microsoft. His greatest accomplishment as an adman was as a member of the creative team that produced the Partnership for a Drug-Free America fried egg campaign— This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Any Questions?

After twelve years on the ad agency side, C.R. moved to the production side and started directing and shooting commercials and corporate videos; as well as producing television shows for such notables as director Ivan Reitman. For the past twenty years C.R. has traveled the world as a director of photography shooting shows for FOX, History Channel, and A&E.

In 2009, while giving a guest lecture to a college level video class, C.R. realized that students have a severe lack of knowledge in the basics of filmmaking. That event marked the genesis of his book, The Guerrilla Guide To Moviemaking. It’s lighthearted cartoon style gives young filmmakers the technical knowledge required to more professionally execute and enhance their creative vision, and shows them ways to use inexpensive tools to produce more professional looking films.

The Guerrilla Guide To Moviemaking has been embraced by the educational community as a resource for media classes at all levels from middle school to college. As an author, C.R. continues to work with media teachers and administrators to develop additional teacher’s aides such as the new Moviemaking 101/201 Curriculum Materials available at

C.R. is the owner of Bothy Studios, a creative agency and film production company located in Redmond, Washington.