Tutorial One: Mobile Filmmaking

In this inaugural tutorial from Citizen Docs, I share some best practices for shooting a micro-documentary with your smartphone.

Using my short film “The Artist” as a case study, I go over my process for conducting a shoot using my iPhone 5c as my primary camera. This tutorial covers what equipment I used, how I tackled storage and battery capacity issues, and some techniques for getting great shots with your mobile device.

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Tutorial footage shot on:
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
Panasonic Lumix G-Vario 12-35mm
Color graded in Premiere Pro CS6

“The Artist” footage shot on:
iPhone 5C, FiLMiC Pro
CamKix telephoto lens

“Today” by ODESZA
“If You Don’t (feat. Cumulus) by…


33 thoughts on “Tutorial One: Mobile Filmmaking

  1. Loved this concept! As everything (literally everything) is becoming more incorporated into our smartphones it's neat to see how others are capturing great shots and crafting beautiful videos. Awesome job! I have subscribed and can't wait to see more videos!

  2. awesome tips thanks, I'm planning on shooting a small documentary trekking to Everest and I was thinking if using the iPhone. Do you have a link to your completed doc? also do you have part 2,3 coming out?

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