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
Wrapping up
The finished film

What's included

  • 23 Video Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

Robb Montgomery


Robb Montgomery is a visual storytelling and innovation expert based in Berlin, Germany.

He is the author of Smartphone Video Storytelling (Routledge Press - New York & London) and has been producing media development projects on Design Thinking, Multimedia and Mobile Video Journalism since 2005.

Montgomery is a distinguished visiting professor at the EFJ School of New Journalism in Paris and at FH Wien School of Communication in Vienna where he teaches Mobile Reporting and leads Media Lab innovation sprints.

His 5-star rated online video courses (offered here at the Smart Film School web site) produce certificate training for thousands of corporate and academic students each year.

Robb is a former journalist for the Chicago Tribune and his clients include Reuters, CNN, Radio Free Europe, TVN, France24, Al Jazeera, Belgium Public Broadcasting, Channel News Asia, SPH, IREX, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Caritas, and The New York Times.