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.
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  • Lectures 33
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

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 75 five-star reviews and 5,000 students in the Smart Film School.

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.

Robb Montgomery combines this approach with advanced social media, data visualization and writing techniques that help stories connect with Web & Mobile audiences.

What are the requirements?

  • Have a smartphone and a desire to learn.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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?

Who is the target audience?

  • Marketers
  • Journalists
  • Politicians
  • PR professionals
  • Filmmakers

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: Getting started
How to take this course

My name is Robb Montgomery and I’ll be leading you through this course step-by-step.

I began my career as a visual journalist working at the top newsrooms in Chicago

and in 2005, I started making film documentaries and teaching video journalism.

Over the last 10 years I have trained thousands of broadcast and digital journalists in more than 30 countries.

The method used in this course is drawn from those real-world experiences.

I will introduce 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.


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

Section 2: Gear, apps and camera settings

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

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


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


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


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

Section 3: Interview techniques

- How to get stable footage


- The right shot size for video interviews


- 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


- Composing the interview subject


- Angles can imply a meaning you didn’t intend


- Tips for improving the light on your subject


- Which mics work best for interviews?


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


- Don’t forget to do this first


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


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


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

Section 4: Story planning and video editing

- Identify your best shots and bites


A simple method for organizing your story flow


A template you can use to plan your video


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

Check for understanding
1 question
Section 5: Sharing and analytics

Free apps to edit, upload and track engagement.

Section 6: Finishing up
Feedback form
Final lecture

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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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