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)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
82 students enrolled
Created by Robb Montgomery
Last updated 4/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 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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Requirements
  • Have a smartphone and a desire to learn.
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 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
33 Lectures
01:25:41
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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
00:28

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

Preview 00:27
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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
00:49

Why you might need a lapel mic
05:33

When you need to add a light
03:54

Hands-on test: Sennheiser ClipMic digital
03:45

- 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
02:13

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

How to use the camera to film video
03:53

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
00:30
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Interview techniques
14 Lectures 34:52

- How to get stable footage

Stability
01:41

- The right shot size for video interviews

Shot size
00:58

- How to find a great background

Background
04:29

Framing

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.

Framing
02:02

- Adjusting the levels so they look right to the viewer

Eye level
01:17

- Composing the interview subject

Look space
02:09

- Angles can imply a meaning you didn’t intend

Angles
01:01

- Tips for improving the light on your subject

Lighting
02:18

- Which mics work best for interviews?

Preview 03:55

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

The “Trust Bubble”
01:50

- Don’t forget to do this first

Pre -interview prep
00:56

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

Interview questions
04:22

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

Advanced interview tips from a TV reporter
04:56

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

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

- Identify your best shots and bites

Log and capture
02:25

A simple method for organizing your story flow

Build your story flow
03:30

A template you can use to plan your video

Storyboard template
01:11

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

Video editing in iMovie
06:48

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

Free apps to edit, upload and track engagement.

Exporting and uploading using apps
08:07
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Finishing up
2 Lectures 01:03
Feedback form
00:13

Final lecture
00:49
About the Instructor
Robb Montgomery
4.1 Average rating
464 Reviews
10,031 Students
15 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.)

CREDENTIALS

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