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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • Journalists 
  • Film makers 
  • Teachers
  • Advertisers 
  • Musicians
  • Artists

What you’ll learn: 

  • Scout and recruit an interesting film subject
  • Prepare a shot list
  • Develop interview questions
  • Prepare the gear and subjects
  • Use locations to full effect
  • Develop sophisticated motion shots
  • Edit scenes, sequences, string outs and sound bites into a compelling visual statement


  • No prior knowledge is required to take this course

This smartphone videography course features an award-winning documentary short film that was shot with mobile devices.

Here is where we take you deep inside the process of making award-winning films. The author has won 19 film festival honors from international competitions in the documentary category.

You will go behind the lens and learn every step in making an original documentary film.

In this course, you apply advanced filmmaking techniques that help you to produce a movie about a person, event, activity, place, brand, or issues that you care deeply about.

Films are an amazing way to connect people to a person, a product, idea, or mission. They give the viewer the feeling of a long-lasting connection.   

In these detailed 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 with mobile video gear. 

Montgomery shows you how he solo-produces a broadcast quality film in Berlin with no crew, no script, no budget, and no automobile.

In this course, we’ll be focusing on:

  • Planning a documentary
  • How to organize your story idea before filming
  • What are the big questions: Characters, motivation, conflict, satisfaction, and building tension and release.
  • Tips for storyboarding and making shot lists 
  • Advanced filmmaking and sound design
  • Casting for documentaries
  •  Building trust with subjects Filmmaking ethics
  • Working with subjects on camera
  • Building string outs with sound bites and sequences 
  • How to find your story in the edit
  • Advanced editing with Final Cut Pro X

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned how to film a documentary with your smartphone.

10 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Get started today and learn more about smartphone filming.

Course Curriculum

2h 11m

Section 1 - Documentary Filmmaking: Getting Started
Introduction 00:00:00
Section 2 - Smartphone Filmmaking: Advanced Course
The Big Picture 00:00:00
Section 3 - Finding A Documentary Subject
Interview Preparation 00:00:00
Interview Questions For Sophie 00:00:00
Section 4 - Cinema Camera Settings
Screen Tests 00:00:00
Why ND Filters Are Essential If You Want To Get The Film Look On A Smartphone 00:00:00
Log And LUT Tests 00:00:00
Exercise: Log And LUT 00:00:00
Section 5 - Filming Interviews And Performances
The 3 Key Questions 00:00:00
Interview Takes 00:00:00
Tougher Interview Questions 00:00:00
Live Performance Takes 00:00:00
Section 6 - Discovering The Personality
Filming Personality Shots 00:00:00
Location, Location, Location 00:00:00
My Shot List For Sophie 00:00:00
Section 7 - Final Cut Pro X: Editing Video Clips Into A Story
Log And Capture 00:00:00
Building Sequences That Tell Stories 00:00:00
How To Edit Clips To Build A Story 00:00:00
Producing A String Out 00:00:00
Editing Sound Bites 00:00:00
The Editing Process 00:00:00
The Payoff 00:00:00
Section 8 - Refining The Edit
Get Feedback 00:00:00
Making The Story Better 00:00:00
Polishing Steps 00:00:00
Tempo 00:00:00
Wrapping Up 00:00:00
Section 9 - The Finished Movie
Takeaways 00:00:00
Sophie: The Finished Film 00:00:00
Section 10 - Bonus: Filming With A Gimbal
Case Study: Filming With A Gimbal 00:00:00
Unboxing DJI Osmo Mobile 00:00:00
Osmo Mobile – Charging 00:00:00
Attach Smartphone 00:00:00
Activating The Osmo Mobile 00:00:00
Firmware Update 00:00:00
Rebooting The Osmo Mobile 00:00:00
Settings For Osmo Mobile 00:00:00
Calibrate The Osmo Mobile 00:00:00
Trigger Modes For Osmo Mobile 00:00:00
Microphones For Osmo Mobile 00:00:00

Course Reviews


2 ratings
  1. Anonymous

    Very nice and easy to follow


    Robb did a great job taking us on a journey of building a film sequence and making it easy to understand.

  2. Anonymous
    David Yorkgitis June 5, 2021 at 09:20 AM



    Robb takes you step by step through the making of a short film and shows you all the gear he uses. Very good teacher.