iPhone Filmmaking — Plan, Shoot & Edit an iPhone Documentary
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iPhone Filmmaking — Plan, Shoot & Edit an iPhone Documentary

Pro iPhone filmmaking & videography. Shoot & Edit iPhone Video: Master Pro iPhone videography - step-by-step techniques.
4.2 (26 ratings)
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364 students enrolled
Created by Robb Montgomery
Last updated 5/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 11 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Identify a documentary film subject
  • Scout and develop talent to respond in front of the camera
  • Plan, prepare and produce all aspects of a TV-quality film story
  • Develop shot lists and film locations that will build your story
  • Gather pro audio from the field for building a well-layered sound track
  • Edit sequences, performances and interview segments into a compelling visual narrative
  • Use non-fiction filmmaking techniques to make authentic, original and powerful documentary episodes.
  • Take either the Smartphone Filmmaking or Mobile Journalism masterclass before enrolling this course.
  • The lessons in this course pick up where those foundation courses end.
  • We will demonstrate video editing with Final Cut Pro X. You can use this or any two track video editing app for your movie.

This iPhone videography course features an award-winning documentary short film that was shot with mobile devices.

This is an intermediate level course that builds upon the iPhone Filmmaking course - "iPhone Filmmaking for Beginners: Filmic Pro & LumaFusion app"

You should first complete "iPhone Filmmaking for Beginners: Filmic Pro & LumaFusion app" before diving into this course.

You will need the experience from that foundation course to get the most from this in-depth course.

Here is where we take you deep inside the process of making award-winning films. The author has won 19 film festival honors from international competitions in the documentary category.

You will go behind the lens and learn every step in making an original documentary film.

In this course you apply advanced filmmaking techniques that help you to produce a movie about a person, event, activity, place, brand, or issues that you care deeply about.

Films are an amazing way to connect people to a person, a product, idea, or mission. They give the viewer the feeling of a long-lasting connection.   

In these detailed step-by-step lessons, filmmaker Robb Montgomery will take you backstage and behind the lens to see exactly how to plan, produce, film and edit a long-form documentary film with mobile video gear. 

Montgomery shows you how he solo-produces a broadcast quality film in Berlin with no crew, no script, no budget, and no automobile.

You will learn how to:

  1. Scout and recruit an interesting film subject

  2. Prepare a shot list

  3. Develop interview questions

  4. Prepare the gear and subjects

  5. Use locations to full effect

  6. Develop sophisticated motion shots

  7. Edit scenes, sequences, string outs and sound bites into a compelling visual statement

Intended Audience: Journalists, film makers, teachers, advertisers, musicians, artists

Who this course is for:
  • Students
  • photographers
  • video editors
  • teachers
  • videographers
  • mobile journlaists
Course content
Expand all 47 lectures 02:22:59
+ Finding a Documentary subject
4 lectures 07:22
Interview prep
EXERCISE: Make list of interview questions and shots
Interview questions for Sophie
Checking in
+ Cinema camera settings
5 lectures 27:49
Screen tests
Why ND Filters Are Essential if You Want to Get the Film Look on a Smartphone

This scene was filmed in LOG gamma mode using the Filmic Pro app. And I applied the Sony S-LoG LUT (Look up table) from within Final Cut Pro. And then adjusted the exposure settings to get a natural film look.

Camera settings and look up tables - Filmic Pro and Final Cut Pro X
+ Filming interviews and performances
5 lectures 09:56
The 3 key questions
Interview takes
Tougher interview questions
Live performance takes
Decide what to film
+ Discovering the personality
3 lectures 08:34
Location. location, location
My shot list for Sophie
+ Final Cut Pro X: Editing video clips into a story
7 lectures 22:37
Log and Capture
Building sequences that tell stories
How to edit clips to build a story
Producing a string out
Editing sound bites
The editing process
The Payoff
+ Refining the edit
5 lectures 10:10
Get feedback
Making the story better
Polishing steps
Wrapping up
+ BONUS: Filming with a gimbal
11 lectures 36:07
Case Study: Filming with a Gimbal
Unboxing DJI Osmo Mobile
Osmo mobile - Charging
Attach smartphone
Activating the Osmo Mobile
Firmware update
Rebooting the Osmo Mobile
Settings for Osmo Mobile
Calibrate the Osmo Mobile
Trigger modes for Osmo Mobile
Microphones for Osmo Mobile