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The ultimate guide to mobile phone filmmaking

The intermediate guide to everything mobile phone filmmaking, from filming dynamic talking head interviews, including top lighting and sound tips, to less structured and quick turnaround videos, ideal for social media news feeds and stories.

In this 90-minute session, Dean Shaw, the Digital Culture Network’s Tech Champion for Digital Content, will guide you through dos and don’ts and will physically walk you through everything you need to take your video content up a level.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to shoot for different video formats and styles
  • Lighting tips and sound essentials
  • How to shoot with the edit in mind (no more over-shooting and running out of memory storage!)
  • How to structure your video for YouTube audiences
  • What equipment you need to have and what you can live without

What level is it?

Intermediate – Participants would benefit from a basic understanding of making videos using mobile devices, as well as some knowledge of lighting and sound equipment. The session expands on Dean’s 2020 video How to make videos on your smart phone and webinar How to make sure your video content is loved and shared.

What type of webinar is it?

Practical demonstration using presentation slides and the screen-share function. You will be able to ask questions using the Q+A function and engage with the presenters using the chat. This session will be hosted as a Zoom Webinar.

Can I book a place?

This webinar is presented as part of a funded programme for arts and cultural organisations. Free places are available for anyone who works with or for a publicly funded arts and cultural organisation and for those currently in receipt of or usually eligible for Arts Council funding.

This webinar will be live captioned, but we would be very pleased to book a BSL interpreter upon request. Please get in touch or request the booking at registration. We ask you give a minimum of 10 days’ notice where possible.

Can I ask questions?

Yes and we actively encourage it to shape the content. You can ask in advance on Twitter using the hashtag #DigitalCultureNetwork or message @ace_dcn.

You can also ask questions on the day using the Zoom live stream chat facility.

Can I receive 1-2-1 support?

The Digital Culture Network is part of a funded programme for arts and cultural organisations. We have a team of nine Tech Champions across the country, who can provide free 1-2-1 support in a range of areas including digital strategy development, websites, social media, data analytics, digital content creation, SEO and paid marketing, CRM, box office and ticketing systems and email marketing. This support is available for those currently funded by, or usually eligible for, Arts Council England funding. You can indicate whether you would like to be contacted by a Tech Champion as part of the sign-up process.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about your eligibility.

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Please email us on for more information about the Digital Culture Network. To request free 1-2-1 support from a Tech Champion visit our Ask a Tech Champion page or find us on Twitter @ace_dcn.


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