iPhone Filmmaking — Video Production Masterclass
UPDATE Massive video refresh!
New video editing tutorials for Android users.
Apps and techniques for filming professional creative shots for videos
New video project exercises!
This Level One course includes loads of video exercises to build your skills and confidence.
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In this foundation course you will learn how to:
Film and edit video on the smartphone
Make short films and documentaries
Plan and produce short form video
Turn your phone into a pro video camera
Substantially increase the quality of your videos
After you complete this class, you can deepen your experience with advanced editing apps and commercial filmmaking techniques in the level 2 and 3 courses,
Reviews from real students:
“This course is perfect for beginners like myself. Great tips and useful tools to help me create quality videos.”
— Carlos Montelongo ★★★★★
“Thoroughly informative and very enjoyable. Answered the many questions that I had. I would highly recommend this course to any one starting out.”
— Mike Hardley ★★★★★
The learning modules in this course progress from making simple camera settings to advanced multi-track video editing.
Pro filmmaker and journalism professor Robb Montgomery uses real-world examples to show you how to create compelling stories using video. the Smart Film School offers video quick courses
How you choose your shots, craft your story, and edit your footage is what draws attention to your videos.
“All is covered for minimalist filmmaking, and not only i-phone. Android is pretty well covered here. The course is very detailed, with examples, names of brand, prices. All kind of situations are covered: outdoor, studio, interview… name it. Also all about sound and light is detailed, with hardware options. I feel really it’s worth the price, bravo!” Elvin Eldria ★★★★★
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Make the phone ready for filming
In this smartphone filming masterclass course, you will be learning how to produce professional quality film and video stories with your smartphone.
- You will learn how to use your mobile camera to answer story questions.
- Film shots that can be quickly edited together into a finished video story.
- If you tell stories for a living or teach students those skills, this course is for you.
I look forward to seeing you in the Smart film School .
Make broadcast quality video stories with your phone. Gear, Apps, Filming, and Editing with simple apps.
iPhone camera settings
MoviePro is a lower-cost alternative to Filmic Pro.
This exercise is pretty straightforward.
I want you to download and install a video camera app Like (FilmicPro, MoviePro or Cinema FV-5) and make the quality settings I show in the lectures.
If you are in the USA (or country that provides 120v 60hz electrical power) set up your first preset for 1920x1080 resolution at 30 frames per second.
If you are in a country with 220 volt 50hz electrical supply, make your settings for 1920x1080 resolution and 25 frames per second.
Turn on the framing guides and audio metering, and make sure the clips are being saved to your camera roll so that you can find them when you start editing. Film a few 10-second clips in landscape (horizontal orientation).
Android - Shooting and editing
Shoot and edit a sequence
Record these shots so you can edit them in Quik video editor
The shots that tell stories
Instant tip: Use this filmmaking secret to shoot and edit better video with an iPhone or Android mobile phone.
Let's recap what you have learned!
Storyboarding, the process of pre-visualizing your film on paper, is a very powerful way of visually planning your film before you start shooting. For this lesson, you are going to create hand drawn storyboards to convey what you want to shoot. I have attached templates for you to use. The best storyboards are quick, clear and simple. They show emotion, they show movement and—most importantly—they give your cast and crew a clear sense of how shots should be composed.
Slow motion shots
'MOJO' is the nickname for a Mobile Journalist. A MOJO is a reporter who uses their smartphone to report from the field. This MOJO Minute episode is about budget gear that will improve your video productions.
A simple setup for recording great video with your laptop.
More apps for filmmaking
More filmmaking resources
Intermediate Video Editing (iMovie)
Case Study: 24 Hours in Hong Kong
How video sequences can transport the views between locations and convey duality.
These are the kinds of things that filmmakers think about when cutting clips into memorable visual stories.
- Identify your best shots and bites
A simple method for organizing your story flow
How to edit sound bites, add cutaway sequences and build a video story in iMovie
This preview lesson is from the new Smart Film School course on iPhone Filmmaking.
This lesson was filmed in the Alps and shows how you use a a GoPro action camera as a second unit camera in a video production.
Titles and lower thirds graphics
- When do you add graphics?