Make 10 video stories with iPhone and Android
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Make 10 video stories with iPhone and Android

Make smartphone videos with 10 story projects. Video Storytelling: Quickly make social videos today!
4.6 (20 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.
365 students enrolled
Created by Robb Montgomery
Last updated 4/2017
Current price: $40 Original price: $95 Discount: 58% off
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 27 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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.

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.

“Robb's knowledge and experience are top notch and his many training programs are always presented in a clear, concise way.”
— Janet Vasil  ★★★★★

”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 are best-sellers on Udemy becuase I keep the materials updated and relevant to the student that each course is designed for.

"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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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.

“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.
Curriculum For This Course
107 Lectures
Getting started
4 Lectures 04:05

How qualified is the instrutor to teach this material?

Preview 01:52

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

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
Checking in

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

Preview 03:10

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
10 More Sections
About the Instructor
Robb Montgomery
4.2 Average rating
471 Reviews
10,138 Students
14 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.)


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