Smartphone Filmmaking, Fall 2019

Durham, NC – This fall, you can take Smartphone Filmmaking with me as an online class from Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

The Most Powerful Filmmaking Tool on the Planet…

…is in your pocket or on your desk right now.

Smartphone Filmmaking teaches you how to use your phone as a filmmaking tool, how to tell stories with pictures and sound.

Free yourself to express any idea, without the constraint of a crew or expensive gear. Follow in the footsteps of filmmakers including Stephen Soderbergh (Unsane), Michael Cherry (9 Rides) and Michel Gondry (Detour).

Here’s a one-minute video I shot on my iPhone 6S back in January:

Step By Step

Class is held online from 7 – 9 PM on Tuesdays (Oct 22 – Nov 19, 2019). Log in and join the class from the comfort of your own living room.

As a class member, you’ll get a simple smartphone video assignment. The class will take you through the process:

  1. Prep
  2. Shoot
  3. Edit

Along the way, we’ll cover a wide range of filmmaking concepts, things like:

  • establishing shots
  • shooting an interview
  • getting good audio on your phone
  • shooting b-roll
  • using editing software
  • Filmic Pro

Have a look at the links page to see some of the other things we discuss.

Class Dates

Classes meet online from 7-9 PM.

  • Tues., 10/22/2019
  • Tues., 10/29/2019
  • Tues., 11/5/2019
  • Tues., 11/12/2019
  • Tues., 11/19/2019

Space Limited – Register Now

Regular class capacity is 8 (eight) people. Sign up now to get your spot.

If you’ve ever wanted to do more with your phone and video, Register for Smartphone Filmmaking.

Smartphone Filmmaking


Smartphone Filmmaking is offered by Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. High speed internet access and a desktop or laptop computer recommended.