iPhone Filmmaking Masterclass

How to script, shoot and edit professional video stories. 100 lessons!

You can master the art of filmmaking with just an iPhone, and this course.

This masterclass shows the best methods to make stunning iPhone videos.

What students are saying:

"Robb's teaching style is very engaging and he does a great job of presenting the material in a easy-to-learn manner." Daniel Clifton

"This course by Robb Montgomery is packed with rich content and information on how to create videos. Each lecture provided instructional materials and tools to help you make video production easy. This is a course not to be missed. " — Jane Lee

"Wow! Great content! One of the best courses I have taken!" — Danny Sparks

You will learn how to:

  • Film and edit video on the smartphone

  • Make short films and documentaries

  • Plan and produce short form video

  • Turn your iPhone into a pro video camera

  • Substantially increase the quality of your videos

Filmmaker Robb Montgomery uses real-world examples to show you how to create compelling stories using video.

How you choose your shots, craft your story, and edit your footage is what draws attention to your videos.

Professional-level solutions for smartphone filmmakers are far less costly when compared to other camera systems.

"Once I started the course, I could not quit until I had completed it. Each segment was interesting, informative, creatively presented and edited with precision. I loved the course and learned a lot from it." — Randy Hendricks

Intended Audience: Students, journalists

10 types of videos
The Observational Narrative
Anatomy of a video story
5 Keys to making a great video
The shots that answer story questions
Storyboard worksheet
Reading: New theories of the Short Film
The basic kit
Power bank
Small microphones
Analog or digital?
Interview kit
Wireless kit
Don't get hung up on the gear
iPhone apps
Android apps
Settings for Filmic Pro
Settings for Movie Pro
Camera usage
Shot sizes
The 6-shot pattern
Exercise - Six Shot Pattern
The 180-degree rule
Natural sound
Upgrade your iPhone to film like a real Hollywood camera.
Film with vintage 35mm lenses
When to film at 25 fps
Narrative motion vs. camera motion
Smooth motion
Dolly shot
Hyperlapse smoothing
Slo motion examples
Using a gimbal steadi-cam
Handheld with selfie sticks
What steadi-cam footage looks like
How to set up a DJI Osmo
Segway tracking shot
Transferring clips to iPhone
External microphone tests
Bicycle selfie shot
How to mount the Osmo to a bicycle
Pan and tilt
Night filming - demo film
Trigger control
Advanced photo modes
06 Handheld time-lapse.mov
Eye level
Interview questions
Writing to Pictures master lesson
Workflow for script writing
Formats and writing style
Gear to record narration
Recording Voice-over narration
Framing the shot
Types of standups
Special equipment
Log and Capture
Build a shot list
Video editing in iMovie
What sequences can do
J cuts in iMovie
Audio edits in iMovie
Two-track video editing
Speed ramping
Using other apps with iMovie
How to edit a longer film
Import clips from Filmic Pro
Import GoPro clips
Import clips from Dropbox
Turn a photo slideshow into a video clip
Graphics yes or no?
Title cards and lower thirds
Transitions and animation
Custom text
Add a watermark logo

What's included

  • 72 Video Lessons
  • 10 Text Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

Robb Montgomery


Robb Montgomery is a video and innovation expert based in Berlin, Germany and the author of "A Field Guide for Mobile Journalism.”

These e-learning courses are used by reporters at CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, BBC, RTÉ Ireland TV, and many public broadcasters like VRT in Belgium and Mediacorp in Singapore. 

The Mobile Journalism Course is a required subject for every student at the EFJ journalism school in France.

As a university professor, Montgomery produces diploma courses on mobile journalism at FH Vienna Journalism School, EFJ Journalism School (Paris) and the Danish School of Journalism.

The lessons taught in Smart Film School courses flow from the workshops that Montgomery runs for broadcast professionals. 

He works with journalist teams at public broadcasters like Radio TV Belgium and Channel News Asia as well as with commercial broadcasters like MTV in Helsinki and CNN in Atlanta.

In these video tutorials, Montgomery takes you out on assignment with him to film in exotic locations in Egypt, Hong Kong, Patagonia, Austria, Slovakia, Germany, Singapore, Doha, Ireland, Scotland, and India.

Montgomery previously served as an editorial art director for the Chicago Tribune, Page One editor for the Chicago-Sun-Times, and has redesigned several major newspapers including the Chicago Sun Times and the San Francisco Examiner.

His work with the investigative journalism team at the Sun-Times won him recognition at the Peter Lisagor awards and he has been awarded top honors in Society of News Design competitions since 1992.

Montgomery was elected as a "Storyteller in Residence" for the Ashoka Foundation in 2015.