The story of your stuff

Your entry

Need inspiration for getting started on your entry? You’re in the right place! Here you’ll find an example of a video entry, shot by Irish director Christian Tierney, as well as some tips on how to go about filming your entry, whether you’re using a camera or even just a smartphone! Don't forget, keep your video short and sweet - less than 90 seconds!




Christian's tips for young filmmakers

The best and only way to become a filmmaker is to just go and do it

It’s not something you can learn in a classroom, the only way you’ll improve is by actually filming and editing in the real world. Everyone has access to a HD camera these days, iPhones shoot in 4K resolution which is insane. Almost every laptop or computer comes with free video editing software and if yours doesn’t, there are plenty of free ones you can download online. There’s nothing stopping you from going out and making something. Whether you get your friends to act in a short film, you make a short documentary about someone or something interesting in your area, you film people skating or dancing or playing music like I did, there’s always something to film. The more you film, the better you’ll get, your eye will improve, you’ll start seeing shots better and you’ll improve very quickly if you put the time in. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different things. There’s no such thing as a right way to do things.

Find someone in the industry who does what you want to do and ask them can they help you

You can find anyone’s email on the internet. Someone in the industry might meet you for a cup of coffee to give you advice, they might let you assist them to gain experience, or if you’re lucky they might even give you work experience on a production they work on. I met David Caffrey, director of Love/Hate and I asked him if he could help me in any way and he brought me on set of Love/Hate twice, introducing me to the cast, showing me how things are done and letting me watch him direct the show. If you don’t put yourself out there and ask for help then it’ll be way more difficult for you to progress. Everyone needs help in the beginning. Don’t be afraid of being ignored or told no, if someone says no then you’re no worse off than you were before or if you hadn’t asked.

Watch youtube tutorials

Lots of them. Almost everything you can learn in film school can be learned on YouTube for free in a fraction of the time. Some good places to start are Film Riot for effects and techniques, and Philip Bloom for knowledge about equipment. I learned almost everything I know from YouTube. There are hundreds of episodes of Film Riot so you can learn basically anything you need to know. Casey Neistat is an amazing filmmaker to learn from on YouTube too, definitely check him out.Take inspiration from other filmmakers, but never copy. There’s a difference. When you’re starting out it can be very helpful to try and copy what other people do as a practice exercise to learn techniques, and that’s fine, but never blatantly copy other people’s ideas.

Put yourself out there

Search the internet for other young people interested in filmmaking and make friends with them. Go to events and festivals like Fresh to meet other filmmakers. You won’t be amazing at everything, if you love directing but hate sound and editing, you’re sure to find other people your age who are great at those things. Filmmaking isn’t a solo activity, you need others to make it work. It’s not as fun by yourself either.

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"I wanted to get involved with a project like this because of the massive environmental problems that face our planet and are worsening everyday. This competition is a great way to get the next generation of adults and potential leaders thinking about the importance of saving our environment and hopefully acting upon it. Of course we can only start small that’s why The Story of Your Stuff makes sense. If everybody embraced responsibility for their own stuff then collectively we can make a bigger and more positive impact on our world. I really had fun making this video - I loved that this was a real challenge for me, being quite different to what I normally film!”

Christian Tierney

Christian Tierney is a 20 year old music videographer, photographer, director, interviewer and writer from Dublin, Ireland. At the age of 15, he founded his YouTube channel with the aim of finding and sharing the best new Irish and international music through intimate, cinematic live sessions and interviews that he shot himself. Since then he has grown it into a global music platform with over 8,000,000 views and 22,000 loyal subscribers. In the channel's first year, he discovered and filmed the then unknown but soon to be global megastars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, helping to introduce them to a wider Irish audience for the first time. Two years later, Christian discovered the then up and coming singer-songwriter James Bay and filmed the first ever recording of his song Let It Go which has since gone on to be a global hit. As a result and despite his age, Christian has already gained extensive experience in the music industry working with globally successful artists like James Bay, Macklemore, Major Lazer, Kendrick Lamar, Hozier, The 1975, Gavin James and many more as well as major record labels like Universal, Sony and Warner. Alongside his channel, Christian has directed internationally award winning short films, official music videos and has photographed countless concerts and festivals like Electric Picnic, Longitude, Forbidden Fruit, Sea Sessions and Live at The Marquee.