iPhone Filmmaking: Film & Edit Videos - LEVEL 1

Mobile production: Plan, film and edit video stories.

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

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 phone into a pro video camera
  • Substantially increase the quality of your videos
This masterclass shows the best methods to make stunning smartphone videos every time.

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

The learning modules progress from making camera settings to advanced multi-track video editing.

Some lesson modules in this masterclass are drawn from other Smart Film School short courses in order to present a comprehensive course pack.
Each course pack in the Smart Film School is designed for a unique student experience. Some of our courses feature a 'common core' of introductory
lessons so that all Smart Film School students benefit from a proven, fast-start approach to learning these techniques.

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, photographers, storytellers

What will you learn?
10 types of videos
The Observational Narrative
Anatomy of a video story
Phone settings
iOS camera settings
Using native camera
Intro to Filmic Pro camera app
Filmic Pro settings
Filmic Pro - Advanced controls
MoviePro app
Exercise - Make a camera preset
5 Keys to making a great video
Storyboard worksheet
Reading: New theories of the Short Film
iPhone apps
Android apps
Apps list
The basic kit
Power bank
Small microphones
Analog or digital?
Interview kit
Wireless kit
Don't get hung up on the gear
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
Writing to Pictures master lesson
Formats and writing style
EXERCISE: Turn 10 photos into a video
Recording Voice-over narration
Gear to record narration
Gear Test: iRig Pro
Framing the shot
Types of standups
Special equipment
Storytelling in sequences
Import clips from Filmic Pro
Import GoPro clips
Import clips from Dropbox
Log and Capture
Build a shot list
Video editing in iMovie
Compress time with a sequence
J cuts in iMovie
Audio edits in iMovie
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
Build a 2-track News Package - Bites & Cutaways
Speed ramping
Using other apps with iMovie
How to edit a longer movie project
Time lapse filming
Filming a time lapse scene
EXERCISE: Time Lapse
Spotting a scene for a video loop
Get paid to freelance
These people pay for video
Shoot video with your iPhone, get paid
How to submit video to an agency
Guidelines for video freelancers - International broadcaster
5 Ways To Fix Your Story Pitch After Being Rejected
How to edit video rushes for news agencies
A student's first video story - proof that this method works for everyone
Feedback about this course

What's included

  • 73 Video Lessons
  • 17 Text Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

Smart Film School


This course is taught by Robb Montgomerythe author of two textbooks on Mobile Journalism.

Montgomery has trained thousands of broadcast reporters and educators worldwide in smartphone video, innovation methods and mobile journalism.

Between 1990 and 2005, he worked as an award-winning visual journalist for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.

Smartphone Video Storytelling is published by Routledge Press (New York & London).

Montgomery teaches mobile journalism at journalism schools in Europe where his students pioneer the intersection of innovation and visual journalism in StoryLab projects and field-reporting projects.

He is @VideoJournalist on Twitter.

His clients include Reuters, CNN, Radio Free Europe, TVN, TVP, VRT, MTV3, France24, Al Jazeera, Mediacorp, Channel News Asia, SPH, IREX, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Caritas, and The New York Times.