Vertical Video Workshop

Learn how to prototype vertical video story forms

This practical workshop will help you plan, shoot and edit effective vertical video stories.
No previous experience is required.

Make vertical video like a pro

This course will be taught live from Robb’s multi-camera TV studio in Berlin where you will see every tool, touch and editing tip demonstrated in detail. 

This is an introductory level course where you will learn:

  • Audience centric approach to prototyping vertical videos 
  • Video editing Apps, AI editing Tools, and production tips 
  • Narrative structures for video 
  • Storyboarding and scripting 

What is required?

* A smartphone  
* Ability to install free apps
* A laptop or tablet for engaging with the live classes
* A creative spirit

What is included?

* The workshop features two 60 minute live classes
* Live class sessions will be recorded.
* Access to on-demand content, tutorials and resources is included for one year.

Who is this for?

* This course is designed for content teams reporters, producers, creators, product teams, and mobile video storytellers.

* Invite your colleagues to also register and use the workshop to generate video prototypes.

What will I learn?

* Audience-centric method for prototyping vertical videos
* Video editing Apps, AI Tools, and Tips
* Narrative structures for video
* Storyboarding and scripting 

Join the workshop


One-time fee per person.
Payable In US dollars

  • Two Live instructor-led classes
  • On-demand tutorials included
  • 12 Months access to course content
  • Access course in mobile app

Course Curriculum

Smart Film School

This course is taught by Robb Montgomery, an American Mobile Journalism expert, filmmaker and author.

Montgomery leads global training programs in mobile video reporting and documentary filmmaking for professional journalists. Based in Berlin, he recently served journalists in Ukraine leading several mobile documentary journalism workshops in Odessa and Ivano-Frankivsk.

He is the author of Smartphone Video Storytelling and Mobile Journalism textbooks and his documentary films have been awarded top prizes at film festivals in Berlin, Milan and Los Angeles.

Montgomery teaches journalists in more than 34 countries for Reuters, WAN-IFRA, IREX, InterNews, United Nations, U.S. State Department, Journalism Co UK, Mediacorp, SRMG, Radio Free Europe, Journalism Co UK, Middle East Broadcast Network, GIJN, International Journalism Festival, NABSHOW, and public broadcasters.

Montgomery developed the first mobile journalism training program for Radio Free Europe TV in 2011. As a visiting professor he has led courses in visual journalism at Northwestern University, Stockholm University, University of London, Singapore University, Danish School of Journalism, and Ohio University. He is listed in the U.S. Speaker program and presents workshops that are organized by U.S. Embassies cultural affairs officers.

His Smart Film School certificate courses are accredited by top media organizations and universities.

Montgomery holds a b.a. in Journalism (1990 – Eastern Illinois University)

Robb Montgomery

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