Social video

10 types of mobile video

Make sticky social mobile video content: iPhone & Android
Make 10 types of Smartphone Social Video content
Lots of examples and deep research data points included.

Includes step by-step demos show the methods that you can use to make sticky social video content with your smartphone.

Visual storytelling literacy is the foundation skill that resonates in a world dominated by small screens and short attention spans.

  • This course will teach you everything you need to know how to make social video with the video camera you already have - your mobile phone.
  • You will learn to make many types of original video content with your mobile phone.

Enroll now to start making social video with your mobile phone.

“Robb's knowledge and experience are top notch and his many training programs are always presented in a clear, concise way.”
— Janet Vasil ★★★★★

”This course offers amazing value and is easy to follow.”
— Leah Dodrill ★★★★★

Who is this for?
This course is designed for social media Storytellers: Journalists, Media educators, Classroom teachers, Communications teams, New media managers, Correspondents, Online producers, Content marketers, and Video producers.

Smart Film School certificate courses are being used by media professors in journalism schools to train the next generation in smartphone video reporting.
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My courses are best-sellers on Udemy becuase I keep the materials updated and relevant to the student that each course is designed for.

"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
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“Robb shows you step-by-step how to turn your smartphone into a mobile newsroom or documentary studio. Plus he gives great tips for the new as well as experienced videographer. The quality is what you would expect from Robb and as the obvious expert, Robb shares his passion for mobile video journalism throughout this must-have course.” — Scott Paton
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Save time and money making social video.

Communications officers, journalists and media outlets are quickly turning to the iPhone to produce high quality video at lower cost than hiring a DSLR film crew.
Improve your career.
This course will give the video skills that can help you get a better job.
Journalism professors use this course in their classrooms.

"If you are a student, media practitioner., or just a person wanting to use new technologies to tell a visual story, then the Smart Film School will give you the skills and foundation.
The course has helped me in my teaching at the University of Notre Dame.”
— Len Clark
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Social video allows your news stories, sponsored content, brand messaging, and native advertising to travel across social media channels and chat app platforms, with your branding and message intact.
First we’ll go over the apps and gear that will transform your phone into a video camera and then each video lecture will show you the step-by-step techniques for making mobile video stories.
In this crash course you will learn how to:
  • Reach mobile millennials.
  • Learn how to make social video with the video camera you already have - your mobile phone.
  • Make 10 different types of social video content.
  • Produce short-form video content for Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook and other social platforms.
  • Make video story cards to share with social media followers.
All you need is a mobile phone and some imagination to get started.

“Robb is very clear and straightforward in his teaching, and I appreciate the way his lectures are backed up with slide or text reviews. Production quality is professional. Highly recommended!” – Stephen Box
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I encourage you to learn how to make social video stories and take your job to the next level.
No previous video production experience is required.
“Excellent content, very well presented.” — Leah Dodrill
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All students earn a certificate when they complete all assignments for their class.
“I liked the way this course flowed from topic to topic with bite size chunks of useful information that made it easy to understand. Definitely worth the time invested in studying.” — Stephan Hendricks
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Enroll now and start making social video with your mobile phone.

Let’s get started!

How to take this course
SFS 5 Gear for mobile video october
Apps for video (iOS and Android)
10 Types of Social Videos
Social Video Formats
Strategic view of social and live video content
Show programming for platforms
The best formats for social media video
Video memes
Goals for social video
Ingredients for social video success
Live video
Admin and staffing up
Telling a story in 30 seconds
EXAMPLE: Short video
The shots: Explained
SFS 5 Persicope intro
EXAMPLE: Berlin fire
EXAMPLE: High quality live audio
Keys to live quality
Step-By-Step guide
What are story cards?
EXAMPLE: BBC Story cards
EXAMPLE: Berlin Festival of Lights
Make a story card with Storyo
What is a video collage?
EXAMPLE: BBC on Instagram
EXAMPLE: News flash
EXAMPLE: Chat apps
DEMO: Make a storycard
Why are title cards important?
Make video from text
Add titles cards to video editor app
Intro to graphics for social
DEMO: Make charts for social
Make a map the easy way
Combine maps, charts and title cards
Recipe video shot list
HANDOUT: A shot list
Settings for square format video
Edit the sequence
EXAMPLE: 3-layer latte
INTRO: Cinematic short form
EXAMPLE: The swing
EXAMPLE: Palace update
EXAMPLE: Horses from heaven
Film and edit video with Twitter
Intro to Quick Hit videos
DEMO: Twitter vide creation
EXAMPLE: Bild video made with Twitter app
EXAMPLE: The reveal
Intro to the Newsmakers format
EXAMPLE: A Newsmaker in Perugia
EXAMPLE: Grafitti tour
DEMO: Edit a newsmaker in iMovie
TIP: ​3 types of interview questions
What is a Kinogram?
HISTORY: Stock market story
Kinograms for social
EXAMPLE: By the numbers
EXAMPLE: Dominoes
DEMO: Make a Kinogram
INTRO: Filming a walkthrough video
SHOT LIST: Walkthrough video
EXAMPLE: Consumer electronics show
Visual content is king
Buzzfeed: The best-performing videos on Facebook
5 steps to Facebook Viral Video success
More resources

What's included

  • 62 Video Lessons
  • 10 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.