The Smart Film School is a collection of certificate course packs that teach you how to shoot and edit video on a mobile phone, produce social video content and master mobile journalism.
These online courses feature step-by-step tutorials and are used by journalism professors to teach mobile and multimedia storytelling courses to students carrying smartphones.
Students at the University of Notre Dame, FH Wien (Vienna, Austria), Stockholm University of Media Studies, Ithaca College (New York), and the Danish School of Media and Journalism use these course packs in their mobile journalism and multimedia storytelling studies.
Editorial managers at media houses in Asia and Europe assign these course packs to their reporters and use the built-in Udemy certification and exercise results to verify completion and make new assignments that match the journalists new skills.
These MOJO courses are also used by reporters at The New York Times, Reuters, RTÉ, AP, Mediacorp, Channel News Asia, The Straits-Times, SPH Magazines, VRT Belgium, and CNN.
Whether you are a beginner or have some experience with video, there is a course offering that will make you better.
These courses will teach you how to:
- Film and edit video on the smartphone
- Broadcast a live video report
- Make silent video stories for social media
- Produce social media video content
- Plan and produce short form video
- Produce interactive photo reports
- Make high-quality video interviews
- Perform simple, but powerful video editing in iMovie
- Edit video rushes on deadline
- Storyboard a documentary-style video
- Manage video files between apps
- Make a chart with an app
- Record voice over narration
- Use the best apps for video
- Add sound bites to photos
- Produce quick multimedia report
- Make a narrated quick hit video
- Tweet a video clip from your camera roll
- Film in shot sizes and patterns
- Build a 'Trust Bubble' with an interview subject
- Record smooth video
- Frame vertical video
- Compress time with sequences
- Edit audio tracks in iMovie
- Create title cards and lower thirds graphics
- Write to pictures
- Make a video clip from photos
- Edit voice-over narration
- Write a great script
- Storyboard a short video report
- Organize visual elements into a video story
- Frame and edit sound bites from interview subjects
- Select the best gear for video
- Combine charts, maps and title cards into a video
You will get clear guidance for the apps, mics, lights and techniques that will instantly improve all of the video you make with a mobile device.
Start making professional-looking video using the camera you already have in your pocket - your smartphone.
There are more than 7,600 students enrolled and they are posting 5-star reviews.
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. Thank you!
— Randy Hendricks ★★★★★
A useful and easy to understand introductory to mobile filmmaking will help you to get on track of making watchable and engaging video stories with your phone.
As a professional journalist I need to know how to use my mobile as a tool in my job. This course is like a guide step by step to make video using your smartphone.
I really enjoy this step by step course. it's a 360° vision with advices for the gear (helpful) and apps, and also theory and practice about to tell a story in video (journalism techniques, that's very interesting). Ok Rob, i'm waiting for the next episodes!
One of the problems I find with many online courses is that they explain but never go into enough detail or give concrete examples - they tell but seldom show. Make Smartphone Video Like a Pro shows a lot but at the same time Robb Montgomery explains the rationale behind what is happening, getting the balance right so that you never feel you are being patronised or that the course has been 'dumbed down'. The case study of the Egypt project is a great example of highlighting teaching points and creating a lot of 'Aha!' moments. I think the thing that kept striking me as I worked my way through the course was "this is doable", which given the complexity of the subject and my being quite 'tech-challenged" is a high compliment indeed. if you choose to invest in this course, you are in good hands.
I was very pleased to learn about the shooting methods and especially the apps that can allow me to control the camera and edit footage. 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 was professional. Overall, this is a course you need to take if you want to use your phone or tablet for more than a still camera. Highly recommended!
High-quality and easy to follow course, not overwhelming for a beginner. Gear and app recommendations are very helpful. Also it expands one's perspective greatly about what can be done with a Smartphone. Thank you!
I found this course really informative and a great introduction to my new Samsung smartphone. This course has allowed me in a short few hours to create photos and videos which I never thought was possible for me to create and has opened a new keen interest in photography for me. Thank you Robb for your wonderful course and I plan on doing many more courses with you in the future.
I felt I took away a solid base of knowledge to get off on the right foot when it comes to making video with a smart phone. The instructor has the experience to know what works and it shows in the confidence of his delivery and the quality of the examples provided in this course. Not only did I learn about the fundamentals and gear I will need to get started , but this course also gave me the confidence that I can actually do this, and maybe even do it well.
With this course Robb takes you step by step through the beginning process of making videos on your Smartphone. Along with the dialogue of the course Robb gives you real examples of videos so that you can see the point he is making. In this course he goes into depth on what equipment you need to get started (this surprised me how reasonably priced it is to get started) and what Apps to use. Really looking forward to the next installments of the whole film school course.
Thanks you for making this easy to understand tutorial. Every minute that counts are like the step by step I am learning from this well explained tutorial. Everything else is excellent. All in all, this is an awesome 5 rated class.
Thanks for the course Robb. I found Lectures 8 and 10 very informative and beneficial for me as I already had some experience with the video storytelling and editing. The additional app and hardware recommendations are just what was needed to take some of my concepts to the next level. For complete newcomers to mobile video I think all of the lectures will be very beneficial to them to show the capabilities and how to get out there making quality videos in short order. Thank you sir and good luck with your future courses.
This is a good over-view of what it takes to make smartphone videos. If tells you what apps and equipment are needed to go the next step, and I look forward to the follow-up courses in this six-part series.
The course shows all basic gear information required that allow a beginner like me to get start. It also include some filming techniques that help to make the footage special.
I'll be waiting for the other courses!
Every student receives a certificate of completion when they finish. This can be used for managers doing Enterprise-wide training programs or freelancers who want credentials.