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 99
  • Length 5.5 hours
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  • 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
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

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

Exercise: Set up your camera

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
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: Microphones for pro audio
Small Microphones
Wireless mic kits for filmmaking
Analog or digital?
Interview kit

A simple setup for recording great video with your laptop.

Section 7: Advanced filmmaking shots
The meaning in camera movement
Narrative motion versus camera motion
Master several methods to capture smooth motion video
When to film at 25fps

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.
Filming handlheld
Section 8: Steadicam shooting with a gimbal

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 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 selfie shot 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

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


- Identify your best shots and bites

How to compress time with a sequence

A simple method for organizing your story flow


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

Edit J-cuts in iMo
Editing audio tracks in iMovie

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.

Add a watermark logo
Add scrolling credits to end of a video

How to create a unique title card using an app that transforms photos into watercolor art.

Section 14: Examples of video editing in iMovie

Advanced iMovie editing techniques are shown in this demo film.


If you can master telling a story in 30 seconds, then you can tell longer stories more easily. Here is how I made an 8-minute film from scenes filmed over a 12-day tour of Ireland.

Section 15: Timelapse filming

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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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