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
Easily make animated video text for social media videos
Sophie Sutton - My Rode Reel
BTS - Sophie Sutton my Rode Reel

What's included

  • 26 Video Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

Smart Film School


Robb Montgomery is a professor of mobile journalism and the author of Smartphone Video Storytelling (Routledge – New York & London). He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and former newspaper editor (Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune).

He teaches the certificate course in Digital Storytelling for the public information officers of the United Nations and trains reporters from CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, Channel News Asia, Belgian Public Television, Russ Media, Al Jazeera, and Singapore Press Holdings. 

In 2011 he developed the mobile journalism training program for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty and has trained more than 20,000 storytellers in mobile video methods.

He holds a b.a. in Journalism (1990 - Eastern Illinois University).

He is @VideoJournalist on Twitter.

His clients include Reuters, CNN, Radio Free Europe, TVN, TVP, VRT, MTV3, France24, Al Jazeera, Mediacorp, Correctiv, Reporter Fabrik, Russ Media, APA, WAN-IFRA Asia, Channel News Asia, SPH, IREX, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Caritas, and The New York Times.