Film video interviews the right way
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Film video interviews the right way

How to shoot interview and on-camera screen reads for videos. Master the Gear, Apps, Shots, Questions, and Edits.
3.8 (2 ratings)
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Created by Robb Montgomery
Last updated 4/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Substantially increase the quality of your videos
  • Plan and film professional interviews
  • Increase your video expertise many times over
  • The most practical apps and essential gear
  • Fundamentals of camera usage
  • Shot sizes and framing
  • How to edit sound bites, add cutaway sequences and build a video story in iMovie
  • How to engage with your subject to get the best sound bites
  • Questions that make great interviews
  • Video editing in iMovie
  • Sharing to social media
  • Setting up the video recording app to get pro results.
  • Camera fundamentals and the things you want to get right before filming.
  • How to get stable footage
  • A workflow for uploading your videos, adding metadata and tracking analytics
  • The right shot size for video interviews
  • How to find a great background
  • Aligning the subject in your shot
  • Composing the interview subject
  • Tips for improving the light on your subject
  • Which mics work best for interviews?
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  • Have a smartphone and a desire to learn.

Read the ★★★★★ reviews! UPDATED June 2015. Taught by a top Udemy instructor and world expert on smartphone video! 25 lessons, 1.5 hours of content

This is a step-by-step course that will teach you how to record and edit high quality quality video interviews with your iPhone.

For journalists, writers, interns, NGOs, communications officers, freelancers, media students, journalism faculty, content marketers, PR pros, and media trainers

It is taught by a video journalism instructor with more than 175 five-star reviews and 10,000 students.

The lessons in this course were developed from the experiences of training thousands of broadcast journalists how to tell stories with their mobile phones.

You will learn how to get great results with a mobile device and simple gear.

This course introduces the equipment, the apps and step-by-step techniques for getting great results every time.

At the end of this course you will be able to make professional video interviews with your smartphone.

This lessons in this course are also included in the the Master 8-hours course "Be a video and film pro with your iPhone."

I offer this in-depth topic separately so that people can choose the course that makes sense for their needs at the moment, and their budget.

The steps to producing video interviews are presented in a step-by step approach with case studies and exercises designed to guide you through the process.

You will learn proven techniques from a professional journalist who has taught video journalism to thousands of reporters in more than 30 countries.

Who is the target audience?
  • Marketers
  • Journalists
  • Politicians
  • PR professionals
  • Filmmakers
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 33 Lectures Collapse All 33 Lectures 01:25:41
Getting started
3 Lectures 02:47

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

How to take this course

I show you how you can take these lessons with your smartphone

Preview 00:27
Gear, apps and camera settings
9 Lectures 25:04

The basic kit to upgrade the quality of your video production with a smartphone

Preview 03:10

Checking in

Why you might need a lapel mic

When you need to add a light

Hands-on test: Sennheiser ClipMic digital

- How to organize your video production apps

Preview 01:17

- Setting up the video recording app to get pro results. (include Filmic Pro walkthrough video)

Turn your phone into a pro camera with these controls

- Camera fundamentals and the things you want to get right before filming

How to use the camera to film video

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

How to upload HD video to Facebook
Interview techniques
14 Lectures 34:52

- How to get stable footage


- The right shot size for video interviews

Shot size

- How to find a great background



When you set up your shot, imagine your frame is split into thirds horizontally and vertically. The best place to put an interview is at the cross section of those lines.

Switch it up

Don't interview everyone on one side of the screen or the other. Switch back and forth between interviewees in order to add visual interest to your video.

Get closer

Don't record your interviewees from too far away. Ideally, you want to be able to be close enough to clearly see an interviewee's eyes and facial expressions.

Leave some space

Head room is the space between the top of your interviewee's head and the top of the frame. It's best to leave just a little room in there – don't cut off the tops of interviewee's heads.


- Adjusting the levels so they look right to the viewer

Eye level

- Composing the interview subject

Look space

- Angles can imply a meaning you didn’t intend


- Tips for improving the light on your subject


- Which mics work best for interviews?

Preview 03:55

- How to engage with your subject to get the best sound bites

The “Trust Bubble”

- Don’t forget to do this first

Pre -interview prep

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

Interview questions

TV reporter Carol Marin shares tips for dealing with difficult interview subjects

Advanced interview tips from a TV reporter

The observational narrative is a powerful video story form. The entire video is told through interview responses.

Preview 02:58
Story planning and video editing
4 Lectures 13:54

- Identify your best shots and bites

Log and capture

A simple method for organizing your story flow

Build your story flow

A template you can use to plan your video

Storyboard template

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

Video editing in iMovie

Check for understanding
1 question
Sharing and analytics
1 Lecture 08:07

Free apps to edit, upload and track engagement.

Exporting and uploading using apps
Finishing up
2 Lectures 01:03
Feedback form

Final lecture
About the Instructor
Robb Montgomery
4.4 Average rating
389 Reviews
9,500 Students
14 Courses
Best-selling instructor on Udemy for Smartphone filming.

Robb Montgomery (@VideoJournalist) is a best-selling author who has taught more than 20,000 people the art of iPhone filmmaking. You can make great-looking video stories with small cameras and smartphones and these courses show you how. (Of course Android apps are shown too!)

He designs these video courses for amateurs and professionals and has crafts modular learning packs that allow you to start anywhere and then dip into advanced concepts without feeling overwhelmed.

His workshops and courses are used by reporters at CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, BBC, TVN, MTV3, RTÉ Ireland TV, and other large public broadcasters like VRT in Belgium and Mediacorp in Singapore. 

Professionals seek him out in Berlin to get personalized training sessions. But you don't have to book a trip or pay his day rate for coaching to get started on the path.

These Smart Film School video courses are required for every student at the EFJ journalism school in France. FH Journalism School in Austria, The University of Notre Dame and the Danish School of Journalism issue his e-learning 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 bona-fide video journalism pioneer, 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.