iPhone Filmmaking - Documentary - LEVEL 3

Plan, produce, film and edit a film using an iPhone and Final Cut Pro.

Case study: Produce a mini-documentary at cinema quality with a smartphone.

In 20 step-by-step lessons, filmmaker Robb Montgomery will take you backstage and behind the lens to see exactly how to plan, produce, film and edit a long-form documentary film.

Montgomery shows you how he solo-produces a broadcast quality film in Berlin with no crew, no script, no budget, and no automobile.

You will learn how to:

  1. Scout and recruit an interesting film subject
  2. Prepare a shot list
  3. Develop interview questions
  4. Prepare the gear and subjects
  5. Use locations to full effect
  6. Develop sophisticated motion shots
  7. Edit scenes, sequences, string outs and sound bites into a compelling visual statement

The pre-requisite for this course is either the Mobile Journalism Masterclass or the Smartphone Filmmaking Masterclass.

The intermediate to advanced skills shown in these lessons build on the techniques first established in these foundation courses.

Intended Audience: Journalists, film makers, teachers, advertisers, musicians, artists

Introduction to advanced filmmaking
The Big Picture
Interview prep
Screen test
Filmic Pro Log and Final Cut Pro LUT tests
Why ND Filters Are Essential if You Want to Get the Film Look on a Smartphone
Demo: Color grade in FCPx
EXERCISE: Grading and LUTs in Final Cut Pro X
Interview takes
Live performance takes
Filming personality shots
Location, location, location
Log and Capture
Building sequences
The stringout
Editing sound bites
The payoff
Get feedback
Polishing
Tempo
Wrapping up
Takeaways
The finished film

What's included

  • 23 Video Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

Smart Film School

Instructor

This course is taught by Robb Montgomerythe author of two textbooks on Mobile Journalism.

Montgomery has trained thousands of broadcast reporters and educators worldwide in smartphone video, innovation methods and mobile journalism.

Between 1990 and 2005, he worked as an award-winning visual journalist for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.


Smartphone Video Storytelling is published by Routledge Press (New York & London).

Montgomery teaches mobile journalism at journalism schools in Europe where his students pioneer the intersection of innovation and visual journalism in StoryLab projects and field-reporting projects.

He is @VideoJournalist on Twitter.

His clients include Reuters, CNN, Radio Free Europe, TVN, TVP, VRT, MTV3, France24, Al Jazeera, Mediacorp, Channel News Asia, SPH, IREX, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Caritas, and The New York Times.