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This course features more than 100 video tutorials that teach you the best methods to quickly produce social video.
What will the course cover?
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
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.
You will learn to:
Quickly shoot, edit and share video content from anywhere.
Produce quick-hit visual content for chat apps and social media
In this foundation course, you will get step-by-step guidance about the styles and production methods for producing more than 10 types of video stories.
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.
What will I learn?
When a story breaks right in front of your eyes, you reach for video camera in your pocket.
This course will teach you what to do next so that you can use your smartphone to its full potential.
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 use visually-led approaches that improve your reporting and your stories.
“Excellent content, very well presented.” — Leah Dodrill
This course will help you:
The instructor is a journalism professor who knows how to take reporters through the steps of making mobile multimedia stories.
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
The course has more than 100 broadcast quality video lessons, case studies, presentations, and resources,
"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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30 day money back guarantee.
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Desktop, iOS and Android.
Certificate of completion.
|Section 1: Getting started|
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 .
The basic kit to upgrade the quality of your video production with a smartphone.
How to take this course
How qualified is the the instructor to teach this material?
|Section 2: Set up your phone for video production|
Setting up the video recording app to get pro results.
Apps for social video production and video editing.
RESOURCE: Apps list for iOS (iPhone and iPad)
The Best Apps for Shooting and Editing Android Video.
RESOURCE: Apps list for Android users
Setting up Filmic Pro video camera app to get pro results.
Setting for stable video using the MoviePro app for iOS.
Exercise: Set up your camera
The video you upload to Facebook from an iPhone or iPad is low quality by default. Let’s fix that!
|Section 3: The key to producing short-form video|
|Intro: Telling a visual story with a 30 second sequence. Power of connected shot content.|
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?
|Section 4: Shot sizes and filming patterns for video stories|
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.
Exercise: Film clips with a 6-shot pattern
Crossing the line - the 180 degree rule
|Section 5: Introduction to video editing|
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.
|Section 6: Adding text and watermark logos to videos|
Using Videoshop (Android and iOS) to add text overlays is quick and easy.
Use this free app to add your brand to your videos.
|Section 7: Interactive photo stories|
Bring your photos to life by adding interactive hotspots that can include photos, Web links and video clips.
Here is a demo and walk though of how you can use a simple app to create wildly creative and useful interactive photo experiences and embed them on your own Website or share them with friends and family on social media.
ADD SOUND TO YOUR PHOTOS
JamSnap allows your photos to come to life with sound. Snap a photo and add your own voice to tell a story, add some music that fits the mood, capture the sound of your surroundings, or just make goofy noises.
Learn how to use two free iPhone apps to create and share high quality multimedia packages by attaching sounds to photos. Create an interactive media similar to Thinglink, except for photos. Also how to record and edit sounds before or after attaching them to photos using a simple, but powerful audio editing app.
|Section 8: Introduction to social media video|
Reporting breaking news with smartphones
VIDEO: A narrated quick hit video
How to Tweet a video clip from your camera rollPreview
|What's actually inside those Egyptian pyramids?|
|Section 9: Produce a text over video news story: Step-by-step|
The first step is filming 10 second clips of different shots to build a visual story sequence.
1: Edit photos and clips into a visual sentence
2: Manage audio tracks
3: Add text layers
4: Create a title card
5: Adding more visuals to your story project
EXAMPLE: A Silent News Story
Exercise: Make a silent video
|Section 10: Kinogram videos|
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.
Kinogram - Stock Market
Kinograms on social media
VIDEO: AJ Plus on Facebook
Make a video clip using just text
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/
IMPORTANT: Replay app is now called Quik
EXERCISE: Make a kinogram story
|Section 11: Microphone upgrades|
The interview kit
|Section 12: Recording smooth video|
Learn the power that comes from making steady shots.
Why filming some shots in slow motion makes sense
|Study these examples of slo-motion camera moves. Pan, Dolly, Narrative motion, Portraits, Group portraits. et al.|
|Section 13: Interview techniques|
How to get stable footage
|How to find a great background|
|- Tips for improving the light on your subject|
Aligning the subject in your shot,
|Adjusting the levels of all three 'eyes' so the interview look right to the viewer.|
|Composing the interview subject|
|Angles can imply a meaning you didn’t intend|
Don't forget to do this first.
- A list of sample questions that will get great sound bites
|How to engage with your subject to get the best sound bites.|
Exercise: Record an interview
Peabody awarded Carol Marin shares tips for dealing with difficult interview subjects.
A video story told entirely through sound bites
|Section 14: Editing a personality profile video|
INTRO: A newsmaker pop-up video
Video: Newsmaker - Jeremy Steele
How to edit a newsmaker video in iMovie
Film and edit a 30 to 60 second scene built from sound bites and shots from the 6-shot pattern only.
|Section 15: Recording reporter stand ups - A Piece to Camera|
This summer a chain of TV stations in Europe converted 100 percent to iPhone. All of their reporters are producing their field reports with low-cost mobile gear.
What to look for and how to set up the shot for a reporter standup
|Some of the reasons that reporter needs to appear in a news video|
Gear: Recording the Piece to Camera
Sample report with a reporter standup
|Section 16: Story Planning|
Identify your best shots and bites
A simple method for organizing your story flow.
This handout help you plan and produce a news package
|Section 17: More video editing|
How to edit sound bites, add cutaway sequences and build a video story in iMovie
Exercise: Edit your video
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.