MOJO: How to produce a news video package

A step-by-step workflow for filming, interviewing and editing a video story. Shoot and edit videos with your iPhone!
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  • Lectures 45
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

Wouldn’t you like to know how to produce video with your iPhone?

This course will teach you the methods that produce professional-looking video packages every time.

Michael Choke writes: "Another Brilliant Course by Robb Montgomery. Having enjoyed Robb's clarity of instruction and step-by-step guidance in his previous course "Make iPhone video like a pro in 10 steps," I was expecting nothing less than another high quality course from him. In this next course, his instructions are just as clear as ever, and his attention to detail yet again simply amazing. This time round, we still get the direct "how to" actionable lessons, coupled with "secret sauce" insights derived from years of experience and topped with sharing of working files whenever practical. And boy, I'm impressed! Looking to learn how to film and edit a video story on iPhone? This is it!"

This step-by-step class teaches all aspects of video production: From interviewing to editing.

You will learn how to produce professional video in this course.

No previous video production experience is required.

First we’ll go over the shots and setups before moving onto scripts and camera standups.

There are more than 7,700 happy students enrolled in Smart Film School courses including field reporters from Reuters video, CNN and the New York Times.

I encourage you to read the five-star reviews from real people, just like you.

Enroll today.

There is no risk. This course has a 30 day money back guarantee.

  • 40 lessons, 2.5 hours of content
  • This course features easy-to-follow lessons that will dramatically improve your video production and video storytelling.
  • Course updated: November 2015
  • The instructor has more than 130 ★★★★★ reviews on his Smart Film School courses.

Learn to make short videos with an iPhone or iPad in 10 steps:

  1. Gear, apps and camera settings
  2. Shot sizes and filming patterns
  3. Interview techniques
  4. Filming sequences
  5. Writing scripts
  6. Recording voice over narration
  7. Producing a stand up clip (Piece to Camera)
  8. Editing soundbites in iMovie
  9. Titles and lower thirds graphics
  10. Sharing and analytics

The lessons in this course were developed from the experiences of training thousands of broadcast journalists how to tell stories with their mobile phones. Get the same training that professional broadcasters use.

What are the requirements?

  • No previous video experience required
  • A desire to learn video story methods
  • A late-model iPhone or iPad running iOS8 or newer

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Know which types of shots to film every time
  • Learn how to plan your video for the best results
  • Shoot and edit great looking video with their iPhone or iPad
  • A simple method for organizing your story flow
  • Format a script so that it can be read in one take!

Who is the target audience?

  • Reporters
  • Social Media Producer
  • Content marketers
  • Advertising agencies
  • Public relations
  • communications officers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Getting started

This is a comprehensive masterclass in video journalism and broadcast news video production.

The lessons in this course were developed from the experiences of training thousands of broadcast journalists how to tell stories with their mobile phones and using visually-led approaches to reporting and producing stories. Montgomery combines this approach with advanced social media, data visualization and writing techniques that connect with Web & Mobile audiences.

How to take this course

How qualified is the instructor to teach this material?


I show you how you can take these lessons with your smartphone

Section 2: Gear, apps and camera settings

The basic kit to upgrade the quality of your video production with a smartphone

Checking in
Gear test: Sennheiser ClipMic digital lapel mic

A rig built just for interviews!


Find and organize the best video production apps


The apps I use


Setting up the video recording app to get pro results.


Camera fundamentals and the things you want to get right before filming.


The video you upload to Facebook from an iPhone or iPad is low quality by default. Let’s fix that!

Section 3: Shot sizes and filming patterns

How to film the shots you need to tell a video story

Understand the visual grammar for telling a video story.


This filming pattern will get you the shots you need for a video sequence that matches a soundbite.

3 questions

Confirm your knowledge of setting up the camera and making video shots

EXERCISE - Film a shot sequence
Section 4: Interview techniques

How to get stable interview footage


How to find a great background


Aligning the subject in your shot


How to engage with your subject to get the best sound bites


A tutorial on the questions that get great sound bites

1 question

Confirm the best practices for making quality interviews

Exercise: Film a practice interview
Section 5: Filming sequences

Analysis of “24 hours in Hong Kong,” A story without words.

How sequences can transport location and convey duality


How a 30 minute process can be shown in 30 seconds

Section 6: Writing scripts

Tips for organizing the shots to prompt a script


Learn how to format a script so that it can be read in one take!

Handout - More script writing tips from Robb
Section 7: Recording voice over narration

A case study: The king of the Vikings


How to get the best audio quality for your voice-over narration.


Recording Voiceovers

Follow these tips when recording your voice over narration.

Check for understanding
1 question
Section 8: Recording a reporter stand up or “Piece to Camera”

What to look for and how to set up the shot for a reporter standup


Some of the reasons that reporter needs to appear in a news video

Recording the standup - gear
Example of a typical standup situation
Section 9: Story planning and video editing

A demo for how to edit sound bites, add cutaway sequences and build a video story in iMovie


Identify your best shots and bites


A simple method for organizing your story


This handout help you plan and produce a news package

Section 10: Titles and lower thirds graphics (Optional step)

When do you add graphics?

Creating title cards, lower thirds
Transitions and animation
Custom graphics
Section 11: Sharing and analytics

A simple workflow for uploading your videos, adding metadata and tracking analytics

Section 12: Wrapping up

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Instructor Biography

Robb Montgomery, Video journalism professor

Robb Montgomery has taught more than 10,000 people, just like yourself, how to make great-looking video stories with small cameras and smartphones.

His workshops and 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. 

His Smart Film School video courses are required for every student at the EFJ journalism school in France. FH Journalism School, Notre Dame and the Danish School of Journalism also the education discount to issue his video courses to all students. Styria Media in Europe has an Enterprise-wide license that allows every employee full access to all of Montgomery's video training courses.

Why? Montgomery is a global expert in video storytelling and innovation strategy and is based in Berlin, Germany. He is the author of "A Field Guide for Mobile Journalism,”  and a new book on video storytelling to be published by Taylor & Francis (London and New York).

As a WAN-IFRA expert, he works with journalists worldwide to develop mobile video projects and as a design-thinking expert, he leads internal teams at media companies to rapidly develop actionable prototypes and new products.

For Media Development projects in Egypt and Georgia, Montgomery developed the world's first mobile journalism school and has trained thousands of journalists in video storytelling, social media, and design thinking processes.

He produces diploma courses on mobile journalism at universities in Europe.

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

In 2014 he launched the Smart Film School — an e-learning platform with course packs of video tutorials that teach social video, mobile journalism and documentary filmmaking. 

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.

His work with the investigative journalism team at the Sun-Times won him recognition at the Peter Lisagor awards and he has been awarded top honors in Society of News Design competitions since 1992.

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