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Webinar recording – The ultimate guide to mobile phone filmmaking



About the webinar

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, Digital Culture Network Tech Champion for Digital Content, will guide you through dos and don’ts of capturing film on your mobile device and walk you through everything you need to take your video content up to the next level.

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

Resources and links

Download the presentation used in the webinar.

Equipment that will make shooting with a mobile phone easier

The smartphone cage we recommend to support the phone and its accessories

This microphone will grow with your film making journey (don’t forget the lighting adapter if using an iPhone!)

The camera lens filter we recommend to take your video quality up a level

Good desktop tripod to keep your device steady

Small Battery LED lights

Editing your work

Inshot is the best mobile editing app for Android users and iPhone users not using Apple’s iMovie

Use Canva to create eye catching thumbnails

The YouTube Audio library gives you free access to over 1,800 songs and 100s of sound effects

For PCs

OpenShot is a good entry level option. Here’s a tutorial on how to get started

Black Magic is what the pros use. Here’s a tutorial on how to get started

For Mac

Try DaVinci Resolve if you want to try something more advanced than iMovie

Further Support

The Digital Culture Network is here to support you and your organisation. Our Tech Champions can provide free 1-2-1 support to all arts and cultural organisations who are in receipt of, or eligible for, Arts Council England funding. If you need help or would like to chat with us about any of the advice we have covered above, please get in touch. Sign up for our newsletter below and follow us on Twitter @ace_dcn for the latest updates.

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