For quick reference here are a links to my 10 quick tips, gear, apps, and educational course packs that can get you and your students quickly up to speed.
1. Everyone has a story to tell
The first thing to consider when making video with your smartphone is to think about what type of story do you want tell? For example would you like to share a favorite recipe, take people along on a travel, illustrate a favorite place or person, explain a process or issue, or save people money?
These types of common videos are great way to start thinking about story questions.
A great video answers story questions visually, so instead of telling you first about the apps and gear, I want to tell you about the shots you can record that begin to answer story questions for viewers.
TIP: There more than 100 step-by-step video lessons like this in these affordable online course packs.
2. The Apps
|The apps I use.|
Smartphone apps are great for recording, editing and sharing mobile video stories. My number one tip is to organize you apps so you can find them quickly. Also, don't load up on too many apps, get good at a few of the essential ones that do the tasks you need at the moment.
Here is the list of apps I use and teach with today.
3. The gear
Gear helps solve the three main problems when filming video: Stability, Light and Sound.
The Mojo Gear section of this blog lists the latest low-cost solutions for getting started. If all you have is a selfie stick at this point, you can start right now learning how to film more creative shots.
Here's a few ideas for you: 10 Hollywood shots you can make with a selfie stick
TIP: Many beginners start by first getting a good quality external microphone and a grip that allows them to attach their phone to a mini tripod.
4. Filming better quality video
After this, the key to consistently making better mobile stories is to learn the language.
|Teach yourself mobile video storytelling!|