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Smartphone Video Storytelling

By Robb Montgomery

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174 pages

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Smartphone Video Storytelling helps readers master the techniques for making compelling short-form video content with a smartphone. With mobile journalism on the rise, it’s becoming increasingly important to understand the entire process and potential for conveying stories across multiple platforms. This richly illustrated text provides students with the essential smartphone video reporting skills: From choosing the right editing app to working with interview subjects on camera. The ethics of non-fiction video storytelling are highlighted to reinforce core journalistic principles. The chapters feature mini-tutorials and exercises that introduce the key principles of filmmaking. The student exercises and library of online video lessons introduce the building blocks of visual storytelling using real-world reporting examples. A story-based approach allows instructors to use the experiences of making each project in order to teach the fundamentals of video storytelling in a natural way. Each story lesson introduces the necessary stages, including planning, filming, and editing . . . and all with a smartphone.


Robb Montgomerry is a true mojo-master. Hands-on, easy to read and tested on the terrain, this book is an essential guide to get you started with your smartphone. Packed with hands-on tips and clever hacks, it will make all the difference when you go out in the field to shoot your own stories.

-Ezra Eeman, Head of Digital, EBU Switzerland

Robb Montgomery’s easy-to-follow instruction can take a journalist from novice to pro in a matter of a few videos. There’s something to learn on every page. Who knew that a pair of sneakers were the only zoom a mobile journalist could ever need?

-Katie Wadington, news director, Asheville (N.C.) Citizen Times, USA

Robb does a great job of organizing this book and the important topics related to mobile journalism like framing for vertical video. Additionally, the sample videos, shot in various locations around the world, and exercises will make this text an excellent choice for media educators to use in their courses.

-Kim Fox, The American University in Cairo, Egypt

An immensely smart and useful guide for the amateur and professional alike (I learned a few things, and I've been shooting professional narratives for almost 20 years). Technology is changing so rapidly these days, it's incredible that you can accomplish so much with the device we all regularly carry around in our pocket. But many people still lack the basic storytelling skills to make a rich and watchable narrative. This book will help people organize their story, compose and shoot like a pro.

-Erik Olsen, Quartz, USA

500 years ago, Gutenberg’s printing press changed the world.

That piece of technology meant that anyone could now publish and share their ideas.

Literacy became essential.

10 years ago, another piece of technology did the same - the iPhone.

It is the Gutenberg’s printing press of our own digital age, and it does the same- makes it possible for anyone to publish and share their ideas, but in video.

Essential to both is literacy. Print literacy for the press, video literacy for the smartphone.

Smartphone Video Storytelling is a great way to become ‘video literate’ in a fast and easy to understand way.

-Michael Rosenblum, Founder -, USA

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. A Portrait

3. Explainer

4. Fast Facts

5. Food

6. Interviews

7. Live Streaming

8. Music Video

9. 360° VR video

10. Nature

11. Promotional

12. Walkthrough

About the Author

Robb Montgomery is a former editor for the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune. He produces media development projects on Design Thinking and Mobile Journalism worldwide. Montgomery is also a distinguished visiting professor at the EFJ School of New Journalism in Paris and at FH Wien School of Journalism and Media Management in Vienna where he leads Mobile Reporting and Story Lab workshops to promote entrepreneurial storytelling. Montgomery was awarded the Lisagor prize for his work with investigative reporting teams uncovering government corruption in Chicago. He resides in Berlin and travels the world as a professor, consultant, and avid outdoorsman. Since 2005, Montgomery has trained more than 10,000 storytellers in mobile journalism. He founded the Smart Film School in 2014 to develop online certificate courses in video storytelling.

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