Filmmaking: Plan, Shoot & Edit a Short Documentary

By Robb Montgomery, Film Director

Language: English

This course is for you

Documentary filmmaking & videography. Shoot & Edit Video with Filmmaker Robb Montgomery. Step-by-step for short films.

This mobile videography course features an award-winning documentary short film that was shot with mobile devices. This is an advanced level course that builds upon the my iPhone Filmmaking for beginners course. You may also think to complete the "iPhone Filmmaking: Filmic Pro & LumaFusion app" course before diving into this course. "Great course - thanks Robb! I'm an experienced video producer who works with crews - but looking to film more of my own content with my iPhone 11. I took notes throughout and picked up some useful tips on kit. Will look up more of Robb's courses and websites. Thanks again!" — Victoria Masterson ★★★★★

You will need the experience from the foundation course to get the most from this in-depth course. 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.

You will learn how to:

- 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

Intended Audience: Journalists, film makers, teachers, advertisers, musicians, artists. Who this course is for: Students photographers video editors teachers videographers mobile journlaists

Course overview - 44

  • Section 1: Smartphone Filmmaking: Getting Started

  • Smartphone Filmmaking: Advanced Course

  • EXERCISE: Explore your theme

  • Section 2: Finding a Documentary Subject

  • EXERCISE: Make list of interview questions and shots

  • Interview questions for Sophie

  • Section 3: Cinema Camera and Settings

  • Why ND Filters Are Essential if You Want to Get the Film Look on a Smartphone

  • Camera settings and look up tables - Filmic Pro and Final Cut Pro X

  • Exercise: Log gamma and Lut Settings

  • Section 4: Filming Interviews and Perfomances

  • Interview takes

  • Tougher interview questions

  • Live performance takes

  • Decide what to film

  • Section 5: Discovering Personality

  • Location, location, location

  • My shot list for Sophie

  • Section 6: Final Cut Pro X: Editing clips into story

  • Building sequences that tell stories

  • How to edit clips to build a story

  • Producing a string out

  • Editing sound bites

  • The editing process

  • The Payoff

  • Section 7: Refining the Edit

  • Making the story better

  • Polishing steps

  • Tempo

  • Wrapping up

  • Section 8: The finished movie

  • Sophie: the finished film

  • BONUS: Filming with a gimbal

  • Unboxing DJI Osmo Mobile

  • Osmo mobile - Charging

  • Attach smartphone

  • Activating the Osmo Mobile

  • Firmware update

  • Rebooting the Osmo Mobile

  • Settings for Osmo Mobile

  • Calibrate the Osmo Mobile

  • Trigger modes for Osmo Mobile

  • Microphones for Osmo Mobile

  • Share your epic documentary!

Meet your instructor

Robb Montgomery
Robb MontgomeryFilm Director
🎬 Documentary filmmaker  ✈️ Textbook Author  🎤 Mobile Journalism trainer Robb Montgomery is a mobile journalism educator and the author of two textbooks: “Smartphone Video Storytelling and “Videos mit dem Smartphone”.  He teaches mobile journalism seminars at the EFJ school of journalism in Paris, American University in Cairo, Ohio University, and the Danish School of Journalism.  Montgomery is the chair for the Mobile Journalism Awards and the founder of the Smart Film School. He developed the mobile journalism training program for Radio Free Europe  in 2011 and has trained more than 20,000 storytellers in mobile video methods.   His clients include Reuters, DW, United Nations, CNN, Radio Free Europe, TVN, Russ Media, APA, TVP, VRT, France24, Al Jazeera, Mediacorp, Channel News Asia, SPH, IREX, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Caritas, and The New York Times.   He holds a b.a. in Journalism (1990 – Eastern Illinois University) and worked as a visual editor at the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times between 1993 and 2005.