iPhone Filmmaking

Learn to master filming + storytelling on your iPhone from someone who's lectured at Nikon, Apple, Nokia and Sony
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  • Lectures 7
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

Are you a budding filmmaker, storyteller, brand marketer or avid smartphone photographer looking to translate your skills to video?

This inspiration packed course is the most informative and revealing masterclass for iPhone filmmakers anywhere. I combine over 20 years experience in the advertising, marketing and filmmaking worlds to bring you ALL my best experiences and insights so you can master filming on your iPhone. From filming on the streets to winning at Sundance London, I'm going to share with you (in 6 easy-to-follow chapters, and in 25 steps) how to perfect your iPhone videos with:

  • STABILITY - how to film rock-stable videos on your iPhone, every time
  • CAMERA MODES - standard video, slo-mo, time-lapse, master them all
  • LIGHTING - harness the light around you to capture stunning videos
  • SOUND - yes, you CAN get professional sound on your iPhone videos
  • EDITING - see the APPS changing the face of pocket editing on iPhone
  • LENSES - from mild to wild, you won't believe how great these look

I've purposefully divided the masterclass into 6 chaptered lectures so you can learn one discipline, test the theories I'll show you, then move onto the next lecture and build on your filmmaking capacity.

You can choose to complete the chapters in any order you choose, watch one or watch them all to skill yourself with the very latest techniques and crafts to become a master pocket cinematographer!

What are the requirements?

  • Students should have an iPhone to practise these techniques and exercises on. Latest iOS8 operating system is ideal however most of the lecture content will be useful for iPhone users with models from the 4 to the 6 Plus.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Master all the camera functions on your iPhone
  • Plan your visual storytelling with shot sizes and compositions
  • Record crisp, clear sound for your video productions
  • Film with complete control, stability and confidence
  • Exercise incredible production tips, techniques and effects to dramatically improve your videos
  • Have great working knowledge of iOS apps that will enhance your filming and editing

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is ideal for beginners right through to semi-professional iPhone users, and encompasses information relevant to budding filmmakers, short storytellers and brand marketers looking to broaden their content creation needs. No prior filmmaking experience required.

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: iPhone Filmmaking - 25 Steps to Master Video Storytelling

A review of what will be covered in my 6 chaptered lectures, covering all 25 Steps to Mastering Video on iPhone.


Master stable filmmaking on iPhone

Filming stable shots with smartphones has long been a challenge. Jason will show you competencies that will empower you with:

  • Holding positions that stable shaky hands
  • Mastering the pinch & pull grip
  • D.I.Y. tripods to make at home
  • Stabilisation accessories
  • Stabilisation Apps

Learn all about your iPhone's various camera modes

This lecture will introduce you to all of your iPhone's camera functions and modes (showcasing how to get the best out of them), including:

  • iPhone camera functionality
  • Full manual controls & overrides
  • Standard video record mode
  • Slo-Mo mode
  • Timelapse mode
  • Flight mode

Harness the power of lighting to illuminate your iPhone videos

Understanding how to light your scene will dramatically improve the video your iPhone is capable of capturing. This chapter will give you all you need to:

  • Understand white balance for iPhone
  • How to use (and make) reflectors
  • How to use (and make) scrims
  • Pocket spotlights (USB powered)

How to realise professional sound on your iPhone

Sound quality is often missing from iPhone video recordings - this chapter seeks to show you the best practices to employ for differing sound recording situations, including:

  • Getting the best from your iPhone microphone
  • When to use lapel microphones
  • When to use shotgun microphones
  • Comparisons between microphone types

Learn what tools you'll need to perfect editing your videos

Editing your iPhone videos will create more powerful, succinct films that can be shaped to communicate exactly what you want to say. This lecture will cover:

  • How to film a one-shot-wonder
  • Incredibly useful iOS editing apps
  • Understanding shot sizes and framing
  • How to seize the power of cutaway + overlay shots
  • Using camera angles for effective storytelling

Using iPhone lenses to dramatically improve your cinematography

From D.I.Y. lens secrets to accessory glass, Jason will show you what looks are achievable using different lens effects and professional tips including:

  • Lenses - angles of view
  • Incredible add-on lenses
  • Fixing foggy lens syndrome
  • Filters and effects
  • D.I.Y. waterdrop macro lens

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Instructor Biography

Jason van Genderen, Pocket Filmmaker

His fans range from Sir Geoffrey Rush to his 82 year old mother, and everyone in-between.

A modern-day 'Storypreneur', Jason's history is seeded at the intersection of the advertising, marketing and short filmmaking worlds, where he quickly learned the value of understanding audiences hand in glove with the power of great story.

His own narrative is one of serendipity re-invented. In 2008 he famously threw away his high-end production gear and made a short film on a mobile phone that kick-started a new global revolution in storytelling. His $57 'film-that-could' won over $35,000 in prizes globally and cemented Jason as one of the world's most celebrated Pocket Filmmakers, with numerous invitations to share his infectious enthusiasm as a guest presenter at film festivals; creative symposiums, universities and film schools. From TEDx Newy to ABC's 'Big Ideas', Jason's story has resonated with creative ninjas of all ages. Beware… once you release your inner storyteller… there's no telling where it may take you!

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