#MOJO: How to film & edit news video with your smartphone
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#MOJO: How to film & edit news video with your smartphone

A step-by-step plan for filming, interviewing and editing subject-led news videos with a smartphone. Mobile Journalism
4.5 (16 ratings)
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263 students enrolled
Created by Robb Montgomery
Last updated 10/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 9 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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!
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  • No previous video experience required
  • A desire to learn video story methods
  • A late-model iPhone or iPad running iOS8 or newer

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Reporters
  • Social Media Producer
  • Content marketers
  • Advertising agencies
  • Public relations
  • communications officers
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Curriculum For This Course
45 Lectures
Getting started
4 Lectures 06:50

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.

Preview 05:07

How qualified is the instructor to teach this material?

Preview 00:47

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

Take this course with your phone
Gear, apps and camera settings
9 Lectures 21:39

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

Preview 03:10

Checking in

Gear test: Sennheiser ClipMic digital lapel mic

A rig built just for interviews!

When you need to add a light

Find and organize the best video production apps

Set up your phone with these video apps

The apps I use

Apps list (Android and iOS) Updated!

Setting up the video recording app to get pro results.

Turn your phone into a pro camera with these controls

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

Preview 03:53

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

How to upload HD video to Facebook
Shot sizes and filming patterns
3 Lectures 10:58

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

Understand the visual grammar for telling a video story.

Shot sizes and sneaker zoom

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

Preview 03:22

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

Check for understanding
3 questions

EXERCISE - Film a shot sequence
Interview techniques
6 Lectures 15:01

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

The trust bubble

A tutorial on the questions that get great sound bites

Interview questions

Confirm the best practices for making quality interviews

Check for understanding
1 question

Exercise: Film a practice interview
Filming sequences
2 Lectures 09:58

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

How sequences can transport location and convey duality

What Sequences can do

How a 30 minute process can be shown in 30 seconds

Compressing time with a sequence
Writing scripts
3 Lectures 21:01

Tips for organizing the shots to prompt a script

Writing to pictures

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

Formatting a story into a script

Handout - More script writing tips from Robb
Recording voice over narration
3 Lectures 05:17

A case study: The king of the Vikings

How to track a vocal narration

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

Voice-over recording gear

Recording Voiceovers

Follow these tips when recording your voice over narration.

Handout: The voice-over recording technique

Check for understanding
1 question
Recording a reporter stand up or “Piece to Camera”
4 Lectures 07:21

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

Framing and backgrounds for stand-ups

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

The types of reporter stand ups

Recording the standup - gear

Example of a typical standup situation
Story planning and video editing
4 Lectures 13:54

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

Video editing in iMovie

Identify your best shots and bites

Log and capture

A simple method for organizing your story

Build your story flow

This handout help you plan and produce a news package

Storyboard template
Titles and lower thirds graphics (Optional step)
4 Lectures 11:20

When do you add graphics?

Preview 01:11

Creating title cards, lower thirds

Transitions and animation

Custom graphics
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About the Instructor
Robb Montgomery
4.2 Average rating
467 Reviews
10,125 Students
14 Courses
Best-selling Instructor, journalism professor & Entreprenuer

Robb Montgomery is a journalism professor with international expertise.
       His clients include:

BroadcastersCNN, Reuters, Channel News Asia, VRT, MTV3, MediaCorp, and 24SATA. 
Organizations: British Cycling, Irish Broadcasting Authority, IREX, WAN-IFRA, and the Institute of Physics.
Educators: University of London (SOAS), Stockholm University, Danish School of Journalism, FH Wien (Vienna), EFJ (Paris), Michigan State University, and the University of Notre Dame. 

Montgomery is a Best-eller author and worked as an editor in the newsrooms of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times for 15 years before founding his media advisory business in 2005.

In 2014 he launched the Smart Film School — an e-learning platform with certificate course packs for mobile journalism and smartphone filmmaking.

Montgomery produces workshops worldwide on design thinking and mobile journalism. Mid-career professionals seeking professional development certification in these new skills frequently study with him in Berlin.

Since 2005, Montgomery has trained more than 10,000 storytellers in mobile journalism and design thinking.

He is the author of Smartphone Filmmaking (Routledge Press – 1Q 2018) and  "A Field Guide for Mobile Journalism.”  (ISBN 978-0-9903502-0-0. 2015, Visual Editors.)


In 2012, Montgomery developed the smartphone reporting training, technology and workflows used by hundreds of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty broadcast reporters and correspondents.

• For IREX and USAID, Montgomery developed the world’s first mobile journalism lab for Radio Liberty and several journalism schools in Georgia.

• As a journalism educator, he authors and produces diploma courses on mobile journalism at FH Institute for Journalism & Media Management (Vienna) and the EFJ School of New Journalism (Paris).

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

• Montgomery has redesigned several major newspapers including the Chicago Sun Times, Leadership 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.

Current activities 

  • Authoring a textbook on smartphone filmmaking for the academic publisher, Taylor & Francis
  • Developing mobile journalism workshops and masters degree program
  • Leading prototyping workshops for new product development