Smartphone video production for beginners

Learn to shoot and edit mobile videos in less than 30 minutes.

In a world dominated by small screens and visually-led content, a smartphone is the ultimate tool for producing, editing and sharing video stories.

In this short course we will show you some quick ways to produce video content with a smartphone.

These lessons are drawn from our full-length courses to give you a quick start for making great videos.

  • Use a video camera app to record professional looking video
  • Frame and film interview subjects
  • Film with a shot pattern that makes it easy to tell a video story

This course is for anyone who wants to make better video with their phone.
The course is filmed with iOS, but owners of other makes and models will benefit from the methods shown.

You need a late model smartphone to get best results.

No previous experience is required.

Intended Audience: Students

Introduction to the Smart Film School
How to take this course
Video gear
Apps for video production
A great video camera app (For iOS)
Pro camera settings
Exercise One: Set up your camera
Camera usage
A 6-shot pattern for making great video
Exercise Two: Film a 6-shot pattern
How to edit a video with Quik
EXAMPLE: A walking shot sequence
Filming a walking sequence
EXERCISE: Film walking shots
Edit the sequence in Quik

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What's included

  • 11 Video Lessons
  • 4 Text Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

Smart Film School


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.