Robb Montgomery (@VideoJournalist) is a best-selling author who has taught more than 20,000 people the art of iPhone filmmaking. You can make great-looking video stories with small cameras and smartphones and these courses show you how. (Of course Android apps are shown too!)
He designs these video courses for amateurs and professionals and has crafts modular learning packs that allow you to start anywhere and then dip into advanced concepts without feeling overwhelmed.
His workshops and courses are used by reporters at CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, BBC, TVN, MTV3, RTÉ Ireland TV, and other large public broadcasters like VRT in Belgium and Mediacorp in Singapore.
Professionals seek him out in Berlin to get personalized training sessions. But you don't have to book a trip or pay his day rate for coaching to get started on the path.
These Smart Film School video courses are required for every student at the EFJ journalism school in France. FH Journalism School in Austria, The University of Notre Dame and the Danish School of Journalism issue his e-learning 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 bona-fide video journalism pioneer, 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.