You can master the art of smartphone video and filming.
In this foundation course will learn how to:
This masterclass shows the best methods to make stunning smartphone videos every time.
Recent five-star reviews from real students:
“This course is perfect for beginners like myself. Great tips and useful tools to help me create quality videos.”
— Carlos Montelongo ★★★★★
“Thoroughly informative and very enjoyable. Answered the many questions that I had. I would highly recommend this course to any one starting out.”
— Mike Hardley ★★★★★
The learning modules progress from making camera settings to advanced multi-track video editing. NOTE: Some lessons are drawn from other Smart Film School short courses in order to present a comprehensive masterclass. Each course pack in the Smart Film School is designed for a unique student experience. Some of our courses feature a 'common core' of introductory lessons so that all Smart Film School students benefit from a proven, fast-start approach to learning these techniques.
Pro filmmaker and journalism professor Robb Montgomery uses real-world examples to show you how to create compelling stories using video. the Smart Film School offers video quick courses
How you choose your shots, craft your story, and edit your footage is what draws attention to your videos.
Professional-level solutions for smartphone filmmakers are far less costly when compared to other camera systems.
The course introduces the apps and gear that will transform your phone into a video camera and then each video lecture will show you the step-by-step techniques for making mobile video stories.
What students are saying:
"All is covered for minimalist filmmaking, and not only i-phone. Android is pretty well covered here. The course is very detailed, with examples, names of brand, prices. All kind of situations are covered: outdoor, studio, interview... name it. Also all about sound and light is detailed, with hardware options. I feel really it's worth the price, bravo!" Elvin Eldria
"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
"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
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In this smartphone filming masterclass course, you will be learning how to produce professional quality film and video stories with your smartphone.
I look forward to seeing you in the Smart film School .
Make broadcast quality video stories with your phone. Gear, Apps, Filming, Interviews, Narration, Stand ups, and Edits.
Observe how the subject in this scene narrated the video without the filmmaker using voice-over narration or reporter standups.
The best videos use the strengths of the storytelling medium to show action and movement, and explore human emotion. Here's a breakdown of the basic ingredients of a video story.
MoviePro is a lower-cost alternative to Filmic Pro.
This exercise is pretty straightforward.
I want you to download and install a video camera app Like (FilmicPro, MoviePro or Cinema FV-5) and make the quality settings I show in the lectures.
If you are in the USA (or country that provides 120v 60hz electrical power) set up your first preset for 1920x1080 resolution at 30 frames per second.
If you are in a country with 220 volt 50hz electrical supply, make your settings for 1920x1080 resolution and 25 frames per second.
Turn on the framing guides and audio metering, and make sure the clips are being saved to your camera roll so that you can find them when you start editing. Film a few 10-second clips in landscape (horizontal orientation).
Instant tip: Use this filmmaking secret to shoot and edit better video with an iPhone or Android mobile phone.
Let's recap what you have learned!
Storyboarding, the process of pre-visualizing your film on paper, is a very powerful way of visually planning your film before you start shooting. For this lesson, you are going to create hand drawn storyboards to convey what you want to shoot. I have attached templates for you to use. The best storyboards are quick, clear and simple. They show emotion, they show movement and—most importantly—they give your cast and crew a clear sense of how shots should be composed.
'MOJO' is the nickname for a Mobile Journalist. A MOJO is a reporter who uses their smartphone to report from the field. This MOJO Minute episode is about budget gear that will improve your video productions.
A video tutorial of the apps used for filming, editing and sharing video. Apps for iOS, Android and Windows phone are shown and discussed.
A simple setup for recording great video with your laptop.
Let's go inside the Smart Film School and film smooth motion shots with a table top set up. I walk you through the steps of using a table dolly to record smooth motion shots.
How to hack the Hyperlapse app to get amazing smooth motion in no time.
How to get started with the DJI Osmo.
A POV shot of a biker following Segway riders in Berlin.
How to move video from the Osmo into your phone for editing.
The Osmo is a great action cam and mounting it to bike gives you a lot of creative options.
Trigger presets on the Osmo make it simple to do a PTC and then return to the action. Even while riding a bike and filming!
Capture ultra smooth pans and tilts with the Osmo.
Berlin Christmas Market: Handheld with the Osmo camera. Raw, uncorrected footage.
How to take advantage of advanced features of the Osmo.
- Tips for organizing the shots to prompt a script
- Learn how to format a script so that it can be read in one take!
Tips for how to focus on giving a really good performance when recording voice-over narration.
Robb Montgomery is a journalism professor with international expertise.
His clients include:
Broadcasters: CNN, 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.