How to Make Videos with Mobile Devices to Tell Stories

Posted on: by Michael Tringe

Learning how to shoot videos with mobile devices can be a great way to get started with telling your digital story. But where should you start?

The sky’s the limit rings true when it comes to being creative. A big budget does not determine great films. Take a look at Tangerine, a feature film entirely shot on an iPhone 5s that received a lot of praise at Sundance last year. By using the right accessories and devices, you can also achieve the same look!

Watch these videos to learn what and how to utilize mobile devices to make cinematic films.

Lesson 1: Pros & Cons
One needs to understand the basics; what the capabilities of mobile devices are so that you can troubleshoot problems when you encounter them. Mobile devices are affordable in comparison to fancy DSLRs, and yet it can still achieve HD quality. However, to accommodate to what mobile devices are lacking, learn how to fix this!

Lesson 2: Using your camera effectively
Learn how to hold a camera the proper way, so your audience can have a comfortable viewing experience. Another important element to better your filmmaking is stabilization & coverage, get tips on how to do this! Media management shouldn’t be forgotten. Especially because mobile devices do not have a traditional media storage like film cameras do, you need to learn how to organize this efficiently.

Lesson 3: Accessories
How does sound come into play? There are better ways to capture sound instead of using just the built-in mic on your mobile device. By using appropriate lighting accessories, camera applications and external clips and rigs, you can gain more control into what your project looks like!

Lesson 4: Edit
What is the best way to edit? Proper planning is key! Learn the importance of “pre-editing” and best ways to do so. Think about the fundamentals of storytelling to be as organized as you possibly can.

Lesson 5: Saving & Exporting Videos

Avoid doing one of the most common mistakes! Do not post and share projects and then delete it. Media storage upkeep is important.

Written by Michael Tringe

Mike Tringe earned his MFA in Film Production from USC and has worked at Creative Artists Agency Film Sales (Paranormal Activity, Black Swan), Vuguru, Michael Eisner's multi-platform studio, (The Booth at the End (Hulu), Don't Ask, Don't Tell (Snag), Little Women Big Cars (AOL), and Blip Networks (300 million monthly views, Smosh, Annoying Orange, Nostalgia Critic).

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