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.
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.
The basic kit to upgrade the quality of your video production with a smartphone
- 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
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- 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.
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
- 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
- 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
Free apps to edit, upload and track engagement.
Robb Montgomery is a journalism professor with international expertise.
His clients include:
Broadcasters: CNN, 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.