Smartphone video production for beginners

Learn to shoot and edit mobile videos in less than 30 minutes.

In a world dominated by small screens and visually-led content, a smartphone is the ultimate tool for producing, editing and sharing video stories.

In this short course we will show you some quick ways to produce video content with a smartphone.

These lessons are drawn from our full-length courses to give you a quick start for making great videos.

  • Use a video camera app to record professional looking video
  • Frame and film interview subjects
  • Film with a shot pattern that makes it easy to tell a video story

This course is for anyone who wants to make better video with their phone.
The course is filmed with iOS, but owners of other makes and models will benefit from the methods shown.

You need a late model smartphone to get best results.

No previous experience is required.

Intended Audience: Students

Introduction to the Smart Film School
How to take this course
Video gear
Apps for video production
A great video camera app (For iOS)
Pro camera settings
Exercise One: Set up your camera
Camera usage
A 6-shot pattern for making great video
Exercise Two: Film a 6-shot pattern
How to edit a video with Quik
EXAMPLE: A walking shot sequence
Filming a walking sequence
EXERCISE: Film walking shots
Edit the sequence in Quik

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What's included

  • 11 Video Lessons
  • 4 Text Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

Robb Montgomery


Robb Montgomery is a visual storytelling and innovation expert based in Berlin, Germany.

He is the author of Smartphone Video Storytelling (Routledge Press - New York & London) and has been producing media development projects on Design Thinking, Multimedia and Mobile Video Journalism since 2005.

Montgomery is a distinguished visiting professor at the EFJ School of New Journalism in Paris and at FH Wien School of Communication in Vienna where he teaches Mobile Reporting and leads Media Lab innovation sprints.

His 5-star rated online video courses (offered here at the Smart Film School web site) produce certificate training for thousands of corporate and academic students each year.

Robb is a former journalist for the Chicago Tribune and his clients include Reuters, CNN, Radio Free Europe, TVN, France24, Al Jazeera, Belgium Public Broadcasting, Channel News Asia, SPH, IREX, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Caritas, and The New York Times.