Smartphone Filmmaking: Film & Edit Videos — Robb Montgomery
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Smartphone Filmmaking: Film & Edit Videos — Robb Montgomery

Complete Filmmaking Course: Filming & Editing Video Stories. Learn How to Make Movies with Smartphones. Android & iPhone
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Created by Robb Montgomery
Last updated 8/2017
Current price: $40 Original price: $195 Discount: 79% off
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 24 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • 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.

You can master the art of smartphone video and filming.

In this foundation course will learn how to:

  • Film and edit video on the smartphone
  • Make short films and documentaries
  • Plan and produce short form video
  • Turn your phone into a pro video camera
  • Substantially increase the quality of your videos

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

Register now to get started.

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.
Curriculum For This Course
100 Lectures
Getting started
5 Lectures 14:26

In this smartphone filming masterclass course, you will be learning how to produce professional quality film and video stories with your smartphone.

  • You will learn how to use your mobile camera to answer story questions.
  • How to conduct interviews that get great sound bites.
  • Film shots that can be quickly edited together into a finished video story.
  • If you tell stories for a living or teach students those skills, this course is for you.

I look forward to seeing you in the Smart film School .

Robb Montgomery

Preview 01:52

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

Preview 00:42

Observe how the subject in this scene narrated the video without the filmmaker using voice-over narration or reporter standups.

Case Study - The observational narrative

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.

Anatomy of a video story
Setting up the camera
9 Lectures 26:05
Camera usage checklist

Checking in

Using the native camera

Intro: Filmic Pro camera app

Filmic Pro settings

Filmic Pro - Advanced controls

MoviePro is a lower-cost alternative to Filmic Pro.

Movie pro camera app

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).

EXERCISE: Make a camera preset
Basic filming techniques
6 Lectures 15:28
Shot sizes for storytelling

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

Preview 03:36

Pre-visualization tips

Crossing the line : The 180-degree rule

Natural sound

Let's recap what you have learned!

2 questions
Visual planning
3 Lectures 02:14
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.
5 keys to making a great video

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.


Finding a "Character Focus"
Filmmaking gear
3 Lectures 05:03

'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.

Preview 03:10

Power, when you need it

Don't get hung up on gear
Apps for filmmaking
4 Lectures 17:39

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

Preview 06:37

Video and multimedia Apps for Android users.

Preview 07:51

Apps list (Android and iOS) Updated!

A simple setup for recording great video with your laptop.

Studio setups
Advanced filmmaking
11 Lectures 20:51
Upgrade your iPhone to film like a real Hollywood camera.

The meaning in camera movement

Narrative motion versus camera motion

Master several methods to capture smooth motion video
Filming smooth 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.

Dolly shot

How to hack the Hyperlapse app to get amazing smooth motion in no time.

Hyperlapse stablization

A gimbal and gyro cam that connects to your mobile phone can be a great addition to your kit. Here's how it works.
Using a steadicam gimbal

The slo mo camera modes can be used to create many creative and useful shots.
Stabilizing with slo-motion

Study these examples of slo-motion camera moves. Pan, Dolly, Narrative motion, Portraits, Group portraits. et al.
Slo motion examples

Steadicam shooting with a gimbal
10 Lectures 19:20

How to get started with the DJI Osmo.

How to set up a DJI Osmo

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

What does Osmo footage look like?

NEW! filming with the z- axis controller

How to move video from the Osmo into your phone for editing.

Transferring clips from the Osmo to your iPhone

The Osmo is a great action cam and mounting it to bike gives you a lot of creative options.

How to mount the Osmo to a bicycle

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!

Filming selfies with Osmo presets

Capture ultra smooth pans and tilts with the Osmo.

Smooth panning and titling with the Osmo

External microphones

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

Filming at night with the Osmo

How to take advantage of advanced features of the Osmo.

DJI Osmo advanced photo modes
Writing scripts
3 Lectures 21:21

- Tips for organizing the shots to prompt a script

Writing to pictures

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

Formatting a story into a script

EXERCISE: Transform 10 photos into a video
2 Lectures 03:53

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

Record a voice over - vocal narration

Field test - iRig pro for pro quality mobile audio
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About the Instructor
Robb Montgomery
4.2 Average rating
468 Reviews
10,129 Students
14 Courses
Best-selling Instructor, journalism professor & Entreprenuer

Robb Montgomery is a journalism professor with international expertise.
       His clients include:

BroadcastersCNN, 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.

Current activities 

  • Authoring a textbook on smartphone filmmaking for the academic publisher, Taylor & Francis
  • Developing mobile journalism workshops and masters degree program
  • Leading prototyping workshops for new product development