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 apps
A great video camera app (For iOS)
Video gear
Camera usage
Exercise One: Set up your camera
A 6-shot pattern for making great video
Exercise Two: Film a 6-shot pattern
Framing interview subjects
Exercise Three: Film a sound bite
How to edit a video with Quik
Exercise Four: Edit your video!
Bonus Lecture: Discount coupons

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Marijana Matković , 6 months ago

It was very helpful!

Paula Bobanovic , 6 months ago

very, very helpful & interesting.

What's included

  • 8 Video Lessons
  • 6 Text 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.

These online certificate 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. 

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.

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