1st Edition

Smartphone Cinema Making Great Films with Your Mobile Phone

By Bart Weiss Copyright 2025
    176 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    176 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    This book guides the reader through the process of using your phone to create different kinds of video and audio for TV, theaters, YouTube, TikTok, and podcasts.

    Drawing from the author’s experience teaching classes on mobile filmmaking, this resource helps you tell stories better whilst going over the techniques necessary to control the phone professionally, also covering the accessories and software that can help you shape your narrative. Within the chapters you will first learn how to tell a compelling story, before delving into the proper methods for shooting video on your phone effectively and recording high quality audio. The book then explains the best techniques for editing and mixing these components together, always with the smartphone format in mind. Chapters also include the expert knowledge of a wide array of media makers that utilize this medium, from filmmakers to influencers, who will give insight into the specific tools they use and how they approach the mobile phone as the hub of their creativity.

    This book will be a guide to first time makers, students of many disciplines including student filmmakers, and professional filmmakers who want to leverage what the phone can bring to a shoot.

    Acknowledgements

    Foreword

     

    Chapter 1        What This Book is About

    Chapter 2        How did we get here?

    Chapter 3        Computational Photography

    Chapter 4        Mobile Storytelling

    Chapter 5        Shooting Video on Your Phone

    Chapter 6        Accessories for Smartphone Cinema

    Chapter 7        Sound for Mobile Media

    Chapter 8        Shooting the Interview on Mobile

    Chapter 9        Editing Mobile Media

    Chapter 10      Made to Be Seen on Mobile

    Chapter 11       Sending Your Film to a Mobile Festival

    Chapter 12      The Future of Smartphone Cinema

    Chapter 13      Mobile Apps to Assist Traditional Filmmaking

    Chapter 14      Resources

    Biography

    Bart Weiss is an award-winning independent film and video producer, director, editor, and educator. He is mostly known as the director and founder of the Dallas VideoFest and produces the TV show “Frame of Mind”. Bart received an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University and has taught film and video at Texas A&M's Visualization Lab, SMU, and the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently an Associate Professor at UT Arlington.