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Make 10 video stories with iPhone and Android

Master smartphone video editing with 10 story projects. Video Storytelling: Quickly make social videos today!
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Last updated 10/2016
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 28 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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.
  • You will learn to make many types of original video content with your mobile phone. 

Enroll now to start making social video with your mobile phone.

”This course offers amazing value and is easy to follow.” — Leah Dodrill

Who is this for?

This course is designed for storytellers: Journalists, Media educators, Classroom teachers, Communications teams, New media managers, Correspondents, Online producers, Content marketers, and Video producers.

Smart Film School certificate courses are being used by media professors in journalism schools to train the next generation in smartphone video reporting.

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My courses have the highest average review rating in the video category on Udemy!

  • 90 lectures and 4 hours of content!
  • Over 8,500 satisfied students are enrolled in the Smart Film School courses
  • These courses have more than 130 five-star reviews
  • Last month over 300 students joined Smart Film School courses

"Once I started the course, I could not quit until I had completed it. Each segment was interesting, informative, creatively presented and edited with precision. I loved the course and learned a lot from it. — Randy Hendricks

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“Robb shows you step-by-step how to turn your smartphone into a mobile newsroom or documentary studio. Plus he gives great tips for the new as well as experienced videographer. The quality is what you would expect from Robb and as the obvious expert, Robb shares his passion for mobile video journalism throughout this must-have course.” — Scott Paton

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Social video is the most effective way to reach mobile millennials.

  • Posts with videos attract 3 times more inbound links than plain text posts.
  • Viewers are 85 percent more likely to purchase a product after watching a video
  • 79 percent of internet traffic will be video content by 2018.
  • Online video revenue is growing at 110 percent annually. More than any form of advertising.
  • Content with relevant images gets 94 percent more views than content without.

Save time and money making social video.
Communications officers, journalists and media outlets are quickly turning to the iPhone to produce high quality video at lower cost than hiring a DSLR film crew.

Improve your career.
This course will give the video skills that can help you get a better job.

Journalism professors use this course in their classrooms.

"If you are a student, media practitioner., or just a person wanting to use new technologies to tell a visual story, then the Smart Film School will give you the skills and foundation.

The course has helped me in my teaching at the University of Notre Dame.”

— Len Clark

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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.

First we’ll go over the apps and gear that will transform your phone into a video camera and then each video lecture will show you the step-by-step techniques for making mobile video stories.

In this crash course you will learn how to:

  • Reach mobile millennials.
  • Learn how to make social video with the video camera you already have - your mobile phone.
  • Make 10 different types of social video content.
  • Produce short-form video content for Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook and other social platforms.
  • Make video story cards to share with social media followers.

All you need is a mobile phone and some imagination to get started.

“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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I encourage you to learn how to make social video stories and take your job to the next level.

No previous video production experience is required.

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Important information before you enroll

  • Take this course, risk-free. It is backed by a 30 day money-back guarantee, full refund, no questions asked.
  • Once enrolled, you have unlimited lifetime access to the course
  • You will have instant access to all updates added to the course
  • Take a free preview and be assured of the lecture quality

“Excellent content, very well presented.” — Leah Dodrill

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All students earn a certificate when they complete all assignments for their class.

“I liked the way this course flowed from topic to topic with bite size chunks of useful information that made it easy to understand. Definitely worth the time invested in studying.” — Stephan Hendricks

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Enroll now and start making social video with your mobile phone.

Let’s get started!

Who is the target audience?
  • Journalism educator and students
  • Media instructors and communications students can learn the best practices and behaviors for social video.
  • Social media marketing professionals, journalists, communications teams and classroom teachers master the fundamentals of making social video with their smartphone.
  • Broadcast journalists who need to produce social video with their smartphone.
What Will I Learn?
Film, edit and share video content to social networks
Produce 10 types of social video stories
Master the types of video that connect with mobile users
Have a strategy and workflows for social video success
Answer story questions for viewers with visuals
Answer story questions for viewers with tightly composed visuals
Include the right story elements for mobile video
Develop workflows for mobile video production
View Curriculum
  • This course introduces the building blocks and processes for planning, filming and editing video stories.
  • This course features broadcast quality video lessons, case studies, presentations, and resources. No previous video experience is required.
  • You can take this course with your smartphone and you will earn a certificate when you finish the course.
  • This course teaches several techniques and types of social video that can only be produced using a late-model iPhone (The iPhone 5S or newer).
  • You will get clear guidance for the apps, mics, lights and other gear that will instantly improve all of the video you make with a mobile device.
Curriculum For This Course
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Getting started
4 Lectures 03:01

This course is designed as a series of episodes with lesson that build on previous topics. The best experience will be if you let the course run in autoplay mode. Pause the playback after each new technique is shown and make a test video using those new techniques.

You can take the lesson on your phone using the free Udemy app, and you will receive a certificate once you complete the course.

How to take this course

What will you learn in this course? Who is the instructor?

Preview 01:18

How qualified is the instrutor to teach this material?

Preview 00:47

Social video content is the most effective way to connect mobile millennial audiences.

Did you know you can produce high quality video content with your smartphone?

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.

This course has 90 lectures and 4 hours of content!

You will learn how to make 10 types of videos

And I will walk you through each step with demos, tutorials and clear examples that are easy to follow.

My Smart Film School courses have the highest average review rating in the video category on Udemy!

Over 7,700 satisfied students are enrolled in the Smart Film School courses

And these courses are used by field reporters from Reuters video, CNN and the New York Times.

I encourage you to read our five-star reviews - Reviews from real people, just like you.

Of course all my courses come with a 30 day money back guarantee.

Last month over 300 students joined Smart Film School courses.

I encourage you to enroll today.

You can’t lose.

Take this course on your phone
3 Lectures 03:59

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

Preview 03:10

Checking in

HANDOUT: Mobile video gear
18 pages
The apps for social video
3 Lectures 16:45
Apps for social video production - filming, editing, sharing

Android apps to make social video content
STRATEGY: What are the right ingredients for online video?
11 Lectures 24:01
What it means to be a mobile editor

Strategic view of social and live video content

10 types of social video stories (updated)

Why is Facebook dominating social video?

How do we plan for 360 degree video, Live and and upstarts like SnapChat?

Programming for platforms

Ingredients for social video success

Types of short, shareable and snackable videos

Goals for social video stories

Video memes

Do you have a plan to go live? Do you have a studio? Programming ideas?

Live video

How to organize and innovate in your newsroom

Strategy for staffing around video production
Social Video Research
6 Lectures 03:07

Posts with videos attract 3 times more inbound links than plain text posts.

Viewers are 85 percent more likely to purchase a product after watching a video

79 percent of internet traffic will be video content by 2018.

Online video revenue is growing at 110 percent annually. More than any form of advertising.

The Research: Visual content is king on social media

Replication is the key to rigorous research and testing. A result must hold over a range of conditions before it can be used to make predictions.

How To Make Your Video Go Viral (The Scientific Way)

For new publishers, Facebook is quickly becoming the best — and easiest — way to go from zero to 100 million in video views.
Vocativ is nearing 100 million Facebook video views a month

These are the best-performing videos on Facebook

Five Steps To Facebook Video Success

Instagram offers vertical and wide-screen images, and these brands were on it
The key to producing short-form video content
3 Lectures 05:37
Intro: Telling a visual story in a 30 second sequence

Video: 30 second story from Ireland

Analysis of the video sequence
01 Periscope
6 Lectures 27:03

Who should be Periscoping?

Some dos and don'ts for best results

Compare how two news Periscopes were made.

INTRO: Periscope and quality expectations

Video: Periscope AJ Plus

Video: Periscope: Breaking news - Fire scene

What went right? What went wrong?

Also a quick tip for blocking comment trolls who try to ruin your Periscope.

Analysis of the case studies

Getting started with Periscope and live streaming.

  1. How to watch and broadcast a Periscope
  2. A sample broadcast
  3. Data and sharing
  4. How to save the video
How To: Getting started with Periscope and live streaming.

Livestream video on Facebook
02 Story Cards
7 Lectures 14:21
INTRO: What is a story card?

Video: Story Cards: BBC on Instagram

Video: Story Cards for chat apps

Video: A Story card you can make with a mobile app

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

Card design - Best Practices
03 Video Collage
3 Lectures 05:41
INTRO: What is a video collage?

Video: Video collage news update

Make a video collage with this app
04 Graphics- Title cards, charts and maps for visual stories
7 Lectures 26:22
INTRO: Why are Title Cards important?

Making video from text with the Legend text app

Adding title cards to iMovie

INTRO to charts

Make a chart with this graphics app

Make locator maps the easy way

Quickly combine charts, maps and title cards into video graphics packages
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About the Instructor
4.3 Average rating
305 Reviews
7,836 Students
12 Courses
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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