DigitalEd: Smartphone Filmmaking 101

by Kyle Brannon
September 29, 2016
Sign up for DigitalEd's Smartphone Filmmaking 101 training with Kyle Brannon.

Title: Smartphone Filmmaking 101

Instructor: Kyle Brannon, Assistant Professor of Media & Film Arts, American University


Turn your phone into a production camera

Whether you’re shooting coverage for your high-concept documentary or making a low-budget music video for your band, the smartphone in your pocket can be an invaluable tool for video production.

This training will illustrate the use of the iPhone as a low-budget professional production camera. We’ll include short practical tips on shooting techniques.


We’ll review and demonstrate some of the emerging technology, apps and software that can be added to a smartphone in order to make it a more robust production camera. While this class will concentrate on how to use an iPhone, most concepts are applicable to all smartphones.

What you’ll learn from this training:

  1. Apps for Shooting: Take control of your focus, exposure, frame rate, etc.
  2. Lens Options: Take advantage of different lens options for dynamic shooting
  3. Tripods: You need a tripod
  4. Audio: Mics & adapters
  5. Tips and Tricks: Hand-held movement, using your body, segmenting your coverage


  • Presentation Prezi will be available for online access and download after the session
  • Google spreadsheet with additional apps & software will be provided

Who should take this training:

  • Beginners who want a more professional look for their smartphone footage
  • Experienced filmmakers who have never explored smartphones as an option
  • DIY filmmakers who want to improve their technique on a budget

Date and Time: Oct. 26, 2016 at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT

Price: $39

Register now for the online training!

Note: If you can’t attend the live session, you can still register and see the archived video and ask questions of the instructor. Free registration for BigMarker is required.

About the Instructor:

Kyle “Kylos” Brannon is an assistant professor of Film and Media Arts. He is a filmmaker, motion graphic designer, and VJ. His work with exhibit media has appeared in the Brown v. Board National Historic Site, the US Botanical Gardens, Historic Jamestowne, the National Constitution Center and other spaces around the country. He specializes in emerging media, including trends in smartphone filmmaking, motion graphics, online video production for social media, and live video art. He produced the award-winning web series Stage Fright for NBC4 and edits live video projections for DJs and theater experiences. He began exploring the world of smart-phone filmmaking when his fiance surprised him with a set of iPhone lenses. Since then he has hosted workshops at American University, through and at film & video conferences around the U.S.

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