iPhone Filmmaking: Film & Edit Videos - LEVEL 1

Mobile production: Plan, film and edit video stories.

You can master the art of filmmaking with just an iPhone, and this course.

What will you be able to do after taking your course?

  • Plan a video production from start to finish
  • Understand why certain types of videos work better than others
  • Master the fundamentals of telling a video story
  • Film the 6 shots that make it easy to film and edit mobile video
  • Edit video on your mobile phone
  • Make short films and documentaries
  • Make corporate videos
This masterclass shows the best methods to make stunning smartphone videos every time.

What students are saying:

"Robb's teaching style is very engaging and he does a great job of presenting the material in a easy-to-learn manner." Daniel Clifton

"This course by Robb Montgomery is packed with rich content and information on how to create videos. Each lecture provided instructional materials and tools to help you make video production easy. This is a course not to be missed. " — Jane Lee

"Wow! Great content! One of the best courses I have taken!" — Danny Sparks

The learning modules progress from making camera settings to advanced multi-track video editing.

Who should take this course?

  • This course is the perfect primer for learning video and filmmaking techniques using the camera you already have with you.
  • This course is suited for communications professionals, media instructors and communications students.
  • Media organizations use this course to train Journalists, correspondents, and reporters in video production techniques.
  • Social media professionals can learn the techniques to produce social video.
  • Journalism professors are assigning this course to students who are taking multimedia and video courses.
  • Teachers are taking this course to learn techniques for using video in the classroom.
  • Broadcast producers are using this course to train staff on video production essentials.
  • Freelancers are using this course to earn extra money by making video with their iPhone.

"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

Intended Audience: Students, journalists, photographers, storytellers

Get started with no extra gear
What will you learn?
Phone settings
iOS camera settings
Using native camera
Native camera vs Filmic Pro
Intro to Filmic Pro camera app
When to film at 25 fps
Filmic Pro settings
Filmic Pro - Advanced controls
MoviePro app
Exercise - Make a camera preset
Google Play store
Filmic Eval
Filmic 25P settings
FV-5 25p settings
FV-5 focus expose
Exercise - Record a test clip
Verify audio
Apps list
PROJECT - A Process
Walking shots examples
Edit in Quik video editor
PROJECT: Walking shots
Shot sizes and sneaker zoom
6-shot pattern
6-shot exercise
Project - a Place
Story tips
Anatomy of a video story
5 Keys to making a great video
Storyboard worksheet
Reading: New theories of the Short Film
Why include a creative shot?
Making Creative Shots
iPhone Timelapse Mode
SFS 14 Project - Timelapse - Crafts castle.mov
Slow motion
Slow motion examples
iPhone slo-mo mode
Filmic Pro settings
PROJECT - Slo-mo portrait
Why use camera movement?
Camera motion moves explained
Hyperlapse motion shots
Hyperlapse settings
Unlock advanced settings
Hyperlapse hacks
Project - Hyperlapse
PROJECT - Motion shots
Motion shots tips
The basic kit
My filmmaking kit
Power bank
Small microphones
Analog or digital?
Interview kit
Wireless kit
Don't get hung up on the gear
PROJECT - Take a ride
Storytelling in sequences
Import clips from Filmic Pro
Import GoPro clips
Import clips from Dropbox
Log and Capture
Build a shot list
Video editing in iMovie
Compress time with a sequence
J cuts in iMovie
Audio edits in iMovie
Turn a photo slideshow into a video clip
Writing to Pictures master lesson
Formats and writing style
EXERCISE: Turn 10 photos into a video
Recording Voice-over narration
Gear to record narration
Gear Test: iRig Pro
Framing the shot
Types of standups
Special equipment
SFS 14 PROJECT - Event - 4th july parade colorado.mov
Graphics yes or no?
Title cards and lower thirds
Transitions and animation
Custom text
Add a watermark logo
Build a 2-track News Package - Bites & Cutaways
Speed ramping
Using other apps with iMovie
How to edit a longer movie project
PROJECT - Performance
Get paid to freelance
These people pay for video
Shoot video with your iPhone, get paid
How to submit video to an agency
Guidelines for video freelancers - International broadcaster
5 Ways To Fix Your Story Pitch After Being Rejected
How to edit video rushes for news agencies

What's included

  • 80 Video Lessons
  • 20 Text 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.