Quickly shoot, edit and share professional video content from your smartphone.
In this masterclass, video journalism expert Robb Montgomery will guide you step-by-step through the reporting and production methods for mobile journalism,
What will the course cover?
This course is used by reporters at The New York Times, Reuters, 24SATA, RTÉ, AP, Mediacorp, Channel News Asia, The Straits-Times, SPH Magazines, TVN24, VRT Belgium, and CNN.
"Robb is an excellent instructor. He knows his subject matter and teaches each module clearly. I highly recommend his course. Enroll now!"
— Jayson Guerrero
If you tell stories for a living or teach storytelling skills, this course is for you.
What will I learn by the end of the course?
"I am a senior at Notre Dame in a Multimedia Journalism class with Len Clark and I found this course to be extremely helpful and interesting! Definitely many tools that I can utilize in my future career!" — Elizabeth Carson
This video course content is used by universities worldwide to develop their certificate programs in mobile journalism.
It is the required course pack that never goes out of date, because these lessons are refreshed.
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 in Mobile Journalism.
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.
Video is a powerful language that engages with mobile audiences.
Mastering visual storytelling is one of the smartest investments you will ever make.
All you will need is your phone . . . and this course.
You will learn to:
Visual storytelling literacy is the foundation skill that resonates in a world dominated by small screens and short attention spans.
This course will teach you everything you need to know how to make social video with the video camera you already have - your mobile phone.
From live video to short-form stories - social media offers a new creative landscape for reporters and storytellers.
Social video is the most effective way to reach mobile millennials.
Social video allows your news stories, sponsored content, brand messaging, and native advertising to travel across social media channels and chat app platforms, with your branding and message intact.
“Excellent content, very well presented.”
— Leah Dodrill
This course will help you:
This course features clear guidance on apps, mics, lights and other gear that will instantly improve all of the video you make with a mobile device.
It also introduces the building blocks and processes for planning, filming and editing video stories.
Important information before you enroll
"Robb is very clear and straightforward in his teaching, and I appreciate the way his lectures are backed up with slide or text reviews. Production quality is professional. Highly recommended!”
– Stephen Box
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In this MOJO course, you will be learning how to produce simple, but effective video stories with your smartphone.
I look forward to seeing you in the Smart film School .Robb Montgomery
The basic kit to upgrade the quality of your video production with a smartphone.
Checklist for turning your phone into a camera
Intro to the Filmic Pro video camera app to get pro results.
Setting for stable video using the MoviePro app for iOS.
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).
Apps for social video production and video editing.
Looks simple, but it takes focused visual reporting and editing to pull it off.
What is the shot content? What characters, locations and challenges are introduced? How do the pictures work together? What problems do they solve? What questions do they answer for a viewer? What would happen if you changed the order?
How to film the shots you need to tell a video story
Understand the visual grammar for telling a video story.
This filming pattern will help you focus on the shots you need for a video sequence.
Edit a 30-second video story project with a free app from GoPro.
Combine Text overlays and video clips to make a square video for social media.
Videoshop is a simple editing app for all platforms that let's you edit short-form video.
The video you upload to Facebook from an iPhone or iPad is low quality by default. Let’s fix that!
Using Videoshop (Android and iOS) to add text overlays is quick and easy.
Use this free app to add your brand to your videos.
The first step is filming 10 second clips of different shots to build a visual story sequence.
Videos with text overlays that can be read quickly and silently by mobile and social media consumers are called Kinograms. Which translates to "cinema writing."
Kinograms are silent video reports with text overlays and title cards. And, they are nothing new.
They have been with us since 1927.
Replay is now QUIK, is free and is free and available for Android and iOS.
Here is where to find more information. https://quik.gopro.com/
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.