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The Sleepy Dog Story

Sleepy Dog Productions is a leader in the movement to teach technical sophistication in the realm of story-telling––the seemingly magical ability to take command of your perspective, following a character's life and follow your dreams.

Creative decision making lies at the core of great filmmaking. To shoot a movie, you need to understand how the equipment works, but more importantly, you need to know how the choices you make—composition, exposure, lighting, etc.—impact the way the audience sees the film.

Follow along and learn the fundamentals required to shoot a story with a camera. Learn how to plan your production, assemble a crew, choose the right camera and lenses, and make creative choices that best fit the themes, characters, and story of your film. We covers the elements of composition, exposure, optics, lighting, and camera movement. Part 2 shows you how to put all these ideas together on set, and deliver the footage to an editor and director for assembly into a complete, coherent, and compelling story.

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Unfinished Thoughts of the Underbrush

I read in a book once that:

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

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Sleepy Dog Productions started with Ash Sunde and Victor Lam. Out of their student co-op and into the real world, came the dream of a pup who spoke thus: "I believe there are at least a billion people who can benefit from learning the «art of storytelling»
...and like probably more dude."

They emerged from the Atacama Desert's Valle de Luna, rubbing a peyoté haze from their eyes. After a quick stop to the bodega for mushrooms, zucchinis, and pasta they encountered a strange fellow mewing. Thus, Gatito (née Zuko) was born.

a beautiful author.

Ash Sunde

Known for her dazzling charm, rapier wit, and unrivaled humility, Ash is the creator of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial and principal author of the Learn Enough to Be Dangerous introductory sequence. Ash is the creator of Coffee-Ground Soaps and principal author of the 2017 National Book Award Winner Honeybear, Electric.

a beautiful boy.

Victor Tokaito

When he's not swimming with dolphins or hunting mushrooms on remote mountain steppes on his snowboard, you can find Victor on his laptop designing interfaces, practicing front-end development, or writing some of the interface-related Behance Live tutorials.

a beautiful baby cat.


You may have seen him shredding guitar live with Capital Cities on Jimmy Kimmel, Conan, or The Ellen Show, but rest assured Gatito is a true nerd at heart. He's just as happy shredding well-spec'd lines of code from a tour bus as he is from his kitchen table.

some cute kids.

Maybe you??

The Future.