Smartphone Filmmaking II

Smartphone Filmmaking is offered by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

This course is designed for students who already have the basics of shooting video with a smartphone and want a more challenging curriculum; the class is built around a short film assignment.

We’ll explore film techniques and concepts including interviews, shooting for action, passage of time, cross-cutting, and story development; discuss how to build a crew for an indie project; and experiment with advanced shot-making techniques for smartphones, including use of dSLR lenses, stabilizers, external audio, and motion control.

Students receive a Producer’s Toolkit for Smartphone Filmmaking that includes a simple budget, schedule, and crew and casting sheets as well as talent and location releases.

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.

Course Details

Course: 12 hours/All Levels
Meets once a week online
All classes meet online 7 – 9 PM (EST -05.00 GMT)


  • Wed., Mar 27, 2019
  • Wed., Apr 03, 2019
  • Wed., Apr 10, 2019
  • Wed., Apr 17, 2019
  • Wed., Apr 24, 2019
  • Wed., May 01, 2019

About the Instructor

Emmy and Cannes Lions award-winning producer Hal Goodtree has worked for the National Football League, the New York Times and with screen luminaries such as James Earl Jones, Cindy Crawford and legendary documentarian Albert Maysles. He has been teaching at CDS since 2015.

Additional course information – A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully in virtual meetings.