Cinematography: Shoot video like a pro
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Cinematography: Shoot video like a pro

Master the art of filmmaking.
3.3 (31 ratings)
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Last updated 4/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Set up a camera for recording high quality video
  • Plan the shots that help tell a visual story
  • Convey the elements of great shots
  • Demonstrate the fundamentals of telling a video story
  • Understand several different ways to approach a shooting assignment
  • Film the six shots that make it easy to film and edit scenes
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  • No previous experience is required.
  • No expensive video camera is required
  • You can take this course using a late-model smartphone

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

This masterclass teaches the fundamentals of cinematography, without making you think you need access to an expensive camera system to understand how to operate one for film making.

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

You will learn how to:

  • Film and edit video on the smartphone
  • Turn your iPhone into a pro video camera

The power of film is first learning how the camera works, and then seeing and feeling the effects of light and shadows, and framing characters and actions that allow a visual narrative to unfold effortlessly.

This course teaches highly technical topics in a very visual way, so you can unlock your potential as a creative filmmaker.

"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

Filmmaker Robb Montgomery uses real-world examples to show you how to create compelling stories using video.

How you film a scene, plan your shots, craft your story, and edit your footage is what draws attention to your film projects and your skill as a cinematographer.

Professional-level solutions for smartphone filmmakers are far less costly when compared to other camera systems so that is the tech we primarily will feature in this course.

Register now to get started.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to make better-looking video and films
  • Students studying visual storytelling
  • Visual storytellers
  • Classroom teachers
  • Journalists
  • Photographers
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Curriculum For This Course
37 Lectures
Getting started
8 Lectures 14:09

What will you learn in this course?

Learn the key settings to adjust to turn your iPhone into a pro film camera.

Preview 04:13

The key settings for using FilmicPro app.

Preview 02:13

EXERCISE: Set up your camera

Introduction to the Smart Film School
The basics
5 Lectures 16:23
Camera usage

Shot sizes

The Six-shot pattern

EXERCISE: Film with the six-shot pattern

Crossing the line - the 180 degree rule

Check for understanding
1 question
Advanced filmmaking
11 Lectures 26:23
Case Study: 24 hours in hong Kong

The meaning in camera movement

Narrative motion vs. camera motion

Film smooth video

When to film at 25 FPS

Dolly shot

Hyperlapse stabilization

Filming with a gimbal steadicam

How to stabilize using slo-motion

Slo-motion examples

Filming handheld
Filming steadicam shots - the DJI Osmo
8 Lectures 16:24
How to set up a DJI Osmo

What does steadi-cam footage like like?

Filming with a z-axis controller

Transferring clips from the Osmo to your iPhone

Mount the Osmo to a bicycle

Smooth pans and tilts

External microphones

Filming at night
Editing shots into sequences
5 Lectures 16:12
Log and capture

How to compress time

Build your story flow

Video editing in iMovie

Final Lecture - discount coupons for students
About the Instructor
— Smart Film School —
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Smartphone filmmaking.

Smart Film School courses are taught by Robb Montgomery,  an American video journalism professor based in Berlin, Germany.

His training 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.

As a university professor, he produces diploma courses on mobile journalism at FH Vienna Journalism School, EFJ Journalism School (Paris) and the Danish School of Journalism. 

“If you want to learn how you can effectively use your smartphone to create documentary video stories, then Robb's course is a must." — Ken Katz

More courses and resources, (Such as lists of the latest video apps and gear) can be found online at the Smart Film School web site.