iPhone Filmmaking: Shoot and Edit Video Like a Pro

Masterclass: How to script, shoot and edit video stories with a smartphone.
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  • Lectures 104
  • Length 5.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2014 English

Course Description

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

This masterclass shows the best methods to make stunning iPhone videos.  

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
  • Make short films and documentaries
  • Plan and produce short form video
  • Turn your iPhone into a pro video camera
  • Substantially increase the quality of your videos

"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 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.

Register now to get started.

What are the requirements?

  • No previous video experience is required. No technical knowledge is needed. This course will walk you through every step.
  • This course shows you the gear, apps and techniques to quickly make great video and short films using a smartphone.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Plan a video production from start to finish
  • Understand why certain types of videos work better than others
  • Master the fundamentals of telling a video story
  • Film the 6 shots that make it easy to film and edit mobile video
  • Edit video on your mobile phone
  • Make short films and documentaries
  • Make corporate videos
  • Where to find high-paying freelance jobs

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is the perfect primer for learning video and filmmaking techniques using the camera you already have with you.
  • This course is suited for communications professionals, media instructors and communications students.
  • Media organizations use this course to train Journalists, correspondents, and reporters in video production techniques.
  • Social media professionals can learn the techniques to produce social video.
  • Journalism professors are assigning this course to students who are taking multimedia and video courses.
  • Teachers are taking this course to learn techniques for using video in the classroom.
  • Broadcast producers are using this course to train staff on video production essentials.
  • Freelancers are using this course to earn extra money by making video with their iPhone.

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: What type of video do you want to make?

Make broadcast quality video stories with your phone. Gear, Apps, Filming, Interviews, Narration, Stand ups, and Edits.

10 types of videos

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.

Section 2: Visual planning
More than 20 percent of people will click off your video within the first 10 seconds, almost completely missing your message and certainly missing your call to action. How can you capture people's attention so that they watch all the way through? Here are five tips.

Instant tip: Use this filmmaking secret to shoot and edit better video with an iPhone or Android mobile phone.

Checking in

- A template to plan and produce a video story

Section 3: Filmmaking gear

'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.

Power, when you need it
Small Microphones
Analog or digital?
Interview kit
Wireless mic kits for filmmaking

A simple setup for recording great video with your laptop.

Don't get hung up on gear
Section 4: Apps and camera settings

A video tutorial of the apps used for filming, editing and sharing video. Apps for iOS, Android and Windows phone are shown and discussed.


Video and multimedia Apps for Android users.

Apps list (Android and iOS) Updated!
Settings for MoviePro
Settings for Filmic Pro
Exercise: Set up your camera

New features to take advantage of in the latest app update.


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

Section 5: Basic filming techniques
Camera usage
Shot sizes for storytelling
Camera angles
This six-shot pattern helps make great videos
EXERCISE - Film with a shot pattern
Crossing the line : The 180-degree rule
Natural sound
2 questions

Let's recap what you have learned!

Section 6: Advanced filmmaking shots
When to film at 25fps
The meaning in camera movement
Narrative motion versus camera motion
Master several methods to capture smooth motion video

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.

A gimbal and gyro cam that connects to your mobile phone can be a great addition to your kit. Here's how it works.
The slo mo camera modes can be used to create many creative and useful shots.
Study these examples of slo-motion camera moves. Pan, Dolly, Narrative motion, Portraits, Group portraits. et al.

The first thing you need to know is how to choose a selfie stick that won't break your phone

I made this video that compares different models and shows you what to look out for.

The first thing you need to know is how to choose a selfie stick that won't break your phone

I made this video that compares different models and shows you what to look out for.

Robb Montgomery in Germany

so the selfie stick

this little device has become like

the most popular Christmas item up the

last year as and stuffed into a lot of people

stockings I think and you know you have to be careful with

these because some of these things are made better than others I wanna show

you a little bit but I'm talking about and how you can get a lot better quality

filming with itself the state not just selfies you know in the professional world were

used to using sticks we call on something different this is a

mono pod you know photographers use

these to make their camera secure when they're filming on

the sidelines at sporting events here at a task a lightweight light panel

to it I can get an off-camera light

wherever I want were used to using sticks like this

this one's called a a boom pole

this one's called a boom pole and knows

how much quieter the stick is to operate

than the mono pod

that on purpose because this is

tailor-made to attach a beautiful microphone

that's you know put into a bland but has a dead

cat on it and remain quiet this stick is dead silent on purpose not getting back to southeast the thing you really wanna be aware of is just how crappy sometimes the top up to the attachment

point is yet if you've got one of these spring

the type attachments it's got this little

piece a rubber that will for sure get instantly lost within five

minutes abusing it on you need to just quite simply take

that off and throw it away yet and if you're

lucky you're going to be left with a traditional photo mount here this is

what we call one quarter 2001 corner in diameter threaded and 20 threads per inch that attach is to just about

every standard photo accessory out there and if you're lucky you're still like

with the ice stabilizer you get a little mini ball head up there

as well now the I stabilizers not too expensive

it does has to have that telescoping you know feature if you if you twisted one way it

lockset go counter-clockwise a unlocks it

sometimes it's smooth sometimes isn't I liked upgrade the mount for

my smartphone to the shoulder pod

s1 that's a really secure grip it also

has that standard

one-quarter 20 connector so now I can be

rock solid

yesterday I wish I was of shopping

if you will at the Saturn store which is

like a Best Buy it's it's like the best

buy for Europe

and I found this Cullman stick

and it's a little bit bigger than the I

stabilizer but I find it's

my just feels much more like summer my

professional gear triangular aluminum

it's got some very easy to use clamps

which work more reliably than some other

sticks it also comes with that one-quarter 20

connector and the many ball had which allows you

to get any angle I guess that is just a little bit you

know taller them and I stabilize now use the

ice stabilizer

recently for some filming up tutorials

in Washington DC and I found at this one

really felt

really great in my in my backpack

you know this was gonna take a little

bit this willll start to peek out of

my backpack. so it's something

you wanna

you want to look at and you definitely

want to avoid any

selfie that has like this this cheap

aluminum telescoping which can easily


and doesn't allow you to change out the

mount for your smartphone

I got an example your show you a close


you see that you can't take that spring

anything off and put in a better one

in you really want to because at had

reporters who have trained using

selfie sticks we're using a

up to do peace to cameras you know

traditional piece a broadcast news where

you know reporter

says and I am here outside the fire blah

blah blah and that you need that piece a

video you can use a selfie stick to do


but what we found is with those cheap

spring mounts the phone went flying and

you know a couple reporters displays got

cracked so

and that's probably because they were

the slippery Samsung plastic back once

but still

I really really say these I don't trust

There is a

better product out there it's a shoulder

pod s1

I definitely recommend it and a definite

recommend that you watch more of these

video episodes

from the smart film school my name's Robb

Montgomery happy filming

Section 7: Steadicam shooting with the DJI Osmo

How to get started with the DJI Osmo.


A POV shot of a biker following Segway riders in Berlin.

NEW! filming with the z- axis controller

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.

External microphones

Berlin Christmas Market: Handheld with the Osmo camera. Raw, uncorrected footage.


How to take advantage of advanced features of the Osmo.

Film a handheld time-lapse with the DJI Osmo
Section 8: Interviewing

- How to get stable footage


- Aligning the subject in your shot

Eye level

- Tips for improving the light on your subject


- A list of sample questions that will get great sound bites

Exercise: Record an interview
Section 9: Writing scripts

- Tips for organizing the shots to prompt a script

Script writing tips

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

EXERCISE: Transform 10 photos into a video
Section 10: Narration

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

Field test - iRig pro for pro quality mobile audio

Tips for how to focus on giving a really good performance when recording voice-over narration.


Great tips for how to record great-sounding vocal narration.

Section 11: Recording a reporter stand up or “Piece to Camera”

- What to look for and how to set up the shot


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


- How does the standup fit into your story?

Section 12: Video Editing

- Identify your best shots and bites


A simple method for organizing your story flow


How to edit sound bites, add cutaway sequences and build a video story in iMovie


How video sequences can transport the views between locations and convey duality.

Edit J-cuts in iMo
Editing audio tracks in iMovie
How to compress time with a sequence

Use this app to turn photos into a video clip that is easy to edit in iMovie. With out the Ken Burns effect! Useful to place a video sequence on the second video track in iMovie


How to change the speed of clips in iMovie to slow things down for a viewer.

Managing video files between apps

Getting your clips out of Filmic and into iMovie is not as obvious as it could be.


This preview lesson is from the new Smart Film School course on iPhone Filmmaking.
This lesson was filmed in the Alps and shows how you use a a GoPro action camera as a second unit camera in a video production.


A detailed walkthrough of how to use Google YouTube apps to film, edit, upload and monitor your video engagement on YouTube.

Section 13: Titles and lower thirds graphics

- When do you add graphics?


- Making a title card in iMovie


- Crafting lower-thirds graphics


The iMovie app is limited with regards to customizing titles.

There are some pre-installed options that may suit your project. To find them you must switch between the different "themes" of your project.

In iMovie, click on the gear icon to open the settings pane and preview the different themes. These have names like Modern, Bright, Playful, Neon, Travel, Simple, News, and CNN iReport.

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Instructor Biography

Robb Montgomery, Video journalism professor

Robb Montgomery has taught more than 10,000 people, just like yourself, how to make great-looking video stories with small cameras and smartphones.

His workshops and 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. 

His Smart Film School video courses are required for every student at the EFJ journalism school in France. FH Journalism School, Notre Dame and the Danish School of Journalism also the education discount to issue his video courses to all students. Styria Media in Europe has an Enterprise-wide license that allows every employee full access to all of Montgomery's video training courses.

Why? Montgomery is a global expert in video storytelling and innovation strategy and is based in Berlin, Germany. He is the author of "A Field Guide for Mobile Journalism,”  and a new book on video storytelling to be published by Taylor & Francis (London and New York).

As a WAN-IFRA expert, he works with journalists worldwide to develop mobile video projects and as a design-thinking expert, he leads internal teams at media companies to rapidly develop actionable prototypes and new products.

For Media Development projects in Egypt and Georgia, Montgomery developed the world's first mobile journalism school and has trained thousands of journalists in video storytelling, social media, and design thinking processes.

He produces diploma courses on mobile journalism at universities in Europe.

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

In 2014 he launched the Smart Film School — an e-learning platform with course packs of video tutorials that teach social video, mobile journalism and documentary filmmaking. 

Montgomery previously served as an editorial art director for the Chicago Tribune, Page One editor for the Chicago-Sun-Times, and has redesigned several major newspapers including the Chicago Sun Times 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.

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