Smartphone Documentary Filmmaking - LEVEL 2

Learn to plan, produce, film and edit a personality-driven film that is suitable for cinema and television.

Case study: Produce a mini-documentary at cinema quality with a smartphone.

In 20 step-by-step lessons, filmmaker Robb Montgomery will take you backstage and behind the lens to see exactly how to plan, produce, film and edit a long-form documentary film.

Montgomery shows you how he solo-produces a broadcast quality film in Berlin with no crew, no script, no budget, and no automobile.

You will learn how to:

  1. Scout and recruit an interesting film subject
  2. Prepare a shot list
  3. Develop interview questions
  4. Prepare the gear and subjects
  5. Use locations to full effect
  6. Develop sophisticated motion shots
  7. Edit scenes, sequences, string outs and sound bites into a compelling visual statement

The pre-requisite for this course is either the Mobile Journalism Masterclass or the Smartphone Filmmaking Masterclass.

The intermediate to advanced skills shown in these lessons build on the techniques first established in these foundation courses.

Intended Audience: Journalists, film makers, teachers, advertisers, musicians, artists

Introduction to advanced filmmaking
The Big Picture
Interview prep
Screen test
Filmic Pro Log and Final Cut Pro LUT tests
Why ND Filters Are Essential if You Want to Get the Film Look on a Smartphone
Demo: Color grade in FCPx
EXERCISE: Grading and LUTs in Final Cut Pro X
Interview takes
Live performance takes
Filming personality shots
Location, location, location
Log and Capture
Building sequences
The stringout
Editing sound bites
The payoff
Get feedback
Wrapping up
The finished film

What's included

  • 23 Video Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

Robb Montgomery


Robb Montgomery is a bestselling author for Smartphone filmmaking, Design Thinking, and Mobile Journalism.

He is the director of the Smart Film School and is a professor at EFJ [Paris] & FHWien [Vienna] schools of journalism where he teaches Mobile Reporting and leads Design Thinking research projects.

Montgomery served as a senior editor in two Pulitzer Prize winning newsrooms and was awarded the Lisagor prize for his work with investigative reporting teams uncovering government corruption in Chicago.

He resides in Berlin and travels the world as a professor, consultant and avid outdoorsman.