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iPhone Filmmaking: From Shoot Through Edit

Lesson 15 of 19

Adding B Roll to the Edit


iPhone Filmmaking: From Shoot Through Edit

Lesson 15 of 19

Adding B Roll to the Edit


Lesson Info

Adding B Roll to the Edit

So now let's talk about dropping in the bureau so we have their arrangements that we want. Now the bureau's job is to just support the story, so I'll go into it in the edit. But that's the whole point of Bugle and don't just randomly place things here and there because you had this amazing shot, although sometimes that's dumb. Things like this is amazing shot. It won't include it, but it doesn't mean anything. So, um, that's what be roles for on then, like I was telling Josh, it can also strategically cover jump cuts. So when you have things that you're piecing together, some some talking points that you want a piece together, they're from different parts. Um, it's one way to make it look like it was all said in one sentence. So it's one way to cover up those cuts. All right, so now let's go into dropping in the B roll. So let me go into B roll. Here we go. So bureau is for me. It's hard to choose what to drop in, but there are points where it makes sense. It's clear what the B roll sh...

ould be, and then there are other points where you know, you know, it could have been any of the things that we shot during that day to use as B roll. So the good thing was, I had a lot to choose from. Bad thing was, I had a lot to choose from. Um, so here we have some B roll I threw in and let's hear a little bit of what Martus is saying the design in extremely wide range of product categories, we have new attack. That's very big. Right now. We work in luxury goods. Were working cosmetics. We work in baby products, pet products. It doesn't really matter what you come up to us with. As long as the technology is someone figured out, What we love to do is to put so there She was talking about some of the things that they worked on. So I did want to include what were some of the things that they worked on, and the current project that they were allowed to show at the time because they have a lot of the thing with industrial design is they have a lot of nd A's, and they're not allowed to show things so we had to be very careful and be picky about what we could show. So you always have to be mindful of that. Um so we were allowed to show thes thes headphones here in them designing it. And so as Phanom is talking about it, I decided let me drop in some B roll. Teoh really emphasize what she's talking about. And so the way I dropped it in is let me see where that B roll is. Um, so I think this was one of them. So here I picked I think I picked her out this part here and then Just like any footage that you drop in, you just select it with your in and out brackets, and then you couldn't pick it up and then drop it into the timeline. And I don't know if you can see a lot sometimes See that how there is a cut. There s so if he or if she was talking and I wanted it to look like a continuous, I thought I would probably move that B roll to cover that cut, so kind of, you know, move it there so that you hear them talking and but you don't see that there's actually an interruption in where they're speaking. Um, so then, uh, yes. So all I did was they watched the story, the basic, the basis that a role, the bottom. And then I went through the footage that I had here, and then I dropped in where it made most sense. So here where it's childhood influences, I and Flom talks about Paris going in Paris and, you know, leather goods and, you know, really knowing about fashion. This is where I brought in all the leather goods that she makes. And I dropped it into the timeline here and then showed her in her space. And this is her speaking. And then I did the same thing for for Marta's. So I dropped in that b roll. Um, so she's talking like play that that I try to help create that mythology that comes with branding a product, my history. So he goes my history, and Martus is talking, and then so I decide todo him. You know, I was pouring concrete foundations with my father. Uh, you know, hopefully that wasn't child labor, but at the age of eight and by 13. I was on roofs, putting roofs together and building houses and whatnot, and that kind of kept that interest going to construct things. An engineer things So So yes. So that is the process of dress. It goes much faster was your once you have your story shaped, everything else goes so much fasters, and it's actually a lot of fun. You get really creative. What you drop in and out. Um, so that's that is one exercise that I kind of choke up, and then I kind of walk away a little bit. It's a lot of walking away. Come back, um, and then see if whatever I added in made any sense.

Class Description


  • Create a video entirely on the iPhone, from shoot to edit
  • Master advanced video apps on the iPhone
  • Learn how to use iPhone video accessories like gimbals and mics
  • Build a story arch and shot list for your film
  • Capture pro-level audio in an interview
  • Shoot supporting b-roll
  • Master iPhone video editing using apps
  • Record and add a voice over
  • Export and share your video


Who says you need expensive video gear to create movie magic? In this course, Cielo de la Paz breaks down capturing effective and high-quality films with gear that can fit in your pocket -- the iPhone. She’ll walk through the importance of pre-production and crafting your story ahead of your shoot. Learn how to use a variety of iPhone video accessories and apps while exploring the technical side on how to get the best shots.

By going in the field with Cielo, you'll learn to navigate real-world scenarios, from problem-solving to prioritizing your shot list. While the iPhone may be a smartphone, she'll walk through every element of capturing pro-quality video from a simple device, from recording audio to using add-on lenses. Capture shots that make the videographers with the bulky cameras jealous by using the iPhone's small form factor to your advantage.

But the iPhone isn't just a video camera -- it's a powerful tool for editing videos anywhere. Cielo will then take you back in the studio and walk through one of the best video editing apps for iPhone and iPad out there while explaining how to piece together your story into a cinematic success. Add your own editing style to raw footage to create a story worth sharing. There is a lot of magic and ability in the camera that is always with you -- learn to use its capabilities to capture and create great video.


  • Beginner to intermediate mobile filmmakers
  • Beginner filmmakers
  • Social media influencers
  • IGTV producers
  • Beginner to intermediate vloggers
  • Anyone interested in making videos with their phones


iOS apps LumaFusion 2019, FiLMiC Pro, and Hyperlapse


San Francisco-based mobile filmmaker and photographer Cielo de la Paz first found success with a Shot on an iPhone billboard. Since then, Cielo has been teaching others to find the same success using just a smartphone. The founder of, Cielo teaches iPhone film and video classes at Stanford, as well as sharing techniques at conferences, private events, and even with government agencies. Over the course of her online and in-person courses, she's helped thousands to capture their own stories using the simplest video gear. Along with those Shot on an iPhone billboards and commercials, you can also find her work in Business Insider, USA Today, National Geographic, and House Beautiful. Her creative approach to iPhone filmmaking helped her earn the Gold Cannes Lions Award, as well as honors from the Mobile Photography Awards and iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA).


  1. Introduction

    Meet your instructor and gain an overview of the course. Learn why the iPhone is a good storytelling tool. Pick up the pros and cons of shooting iPhone video.

  2. Your Story Arch

    Set yourself up for success from the start with the pre-production process. Build a story arch, a shot list, and prep your gear before the shoot. Brainstorm a simple storyline to keep your project on track.

  3. Creating a Shot List

    What footage will you need to capture in order to tell your story? What shots do you need to have enough to stitch everything together inside a video editor? Walk through the process of brainstorming potential shots, for both short videos and longer content such as interviews. With variety in mind, categorize your shot list to capture context and tell the whole story.

  4. Gear List

    When working with an iPhone, the gear you use tends to be smaller too -- but that doesn't mean you need to bring all your mobile video tools with you. Learn how to determine what to pack and what to leave home based on your story arch and shot list. Then, go through the different smartphone video accessories to find what you need and what you can skip to suit your shooting style.

  5. Introduction to Location Shoot

    Go behind the scenes for Cielo's iPhone video project capturing a promotional video for an industrial design company. Gain background and context on the project in this short lesson.

  6. Mobile Filmmaking Gear

    Continuing the behind-the-scenes video, learn what gear Cielo brings with her. Look at different options for support rigs from tripods to gimbals. Capture better audio using lavalier mics, shotgun mics, and Bluetooth-enabled mics. Explore different lens options as well as lighting choices.

  7. Assessing the Location

    Don't start shooting right away -- scouting the location is an important part of the process. Go behind the scenes to explore the location and see potential angles for the video. Learn to adapt your shooting plans based on what you see on location, and use the pre-planning to stay focused on the project.

  8. Setting Up the Interview

    Interviews are part of many video projects. Learn how to set up for an interview, from considering the lighting and the background to lenses, composition, and audio. Get creative with video hacks, like using a rolling office chair as a make-shift video dolly. Learn to navigate the app FiLMiC Pro for advanced shooting features.

  9. Capturing the Interview

    With the audio prepped, the background cleared and the composition selected, go behind the scenes for the actual interview shoot. Navigate shooting options in the FiLMiC Pro app, like 4K video quality and frame rates, then see the full interview.

  10. Capturing B Roll

    With the interview finished, work to capture supporting footage, called B-Roll. In this lesson, you'll learn how to add more visual interest to your shot by recording extra B-Roll during the shoot. Cielo also demonstrates how to use a gimbal to add stabilized camera motion video effects.

  11. Shooting Creatively

    The iPhone is so small, that you can put the camera in tiny places for a unique perspective and special effects. In this lesson, beef up your creativity by learning iPhone video tricks, from using gaffers tape to keep the iPhone in place to using the Apple Watch as a remote trigger. Work with time-lapse in the Hyperlapse app and other creative iPhone filming techniques.

  12. Organizing Your Footage

    The iPhone is so small, that you can put the camera in tiny places for a unique perspective and special effects. In this lesson, beef up your creativity by learning iPhone video tricks, from using gaffers tape to keep the iPhone in place to using the Apple Watch as a remote trigger. Work with time-lapse in the Hyperlapse app and other creative iPhone filming techniques.

  13. Culling Footage

    All your shots won't make it into the final version. Jump into video editing with the LumaFusion app, one of the best video editors in the iOS App Store. Learn how to import the files to the LumaFusion app to edit videos, as well as how to choose the best video clips for the project.

  14. Shaping the Story

    With the parts selected, arrange those clips into a storyline. Work with the video app to build a timeline. Learn to build a story arch, to arrange video clips inside the editing software, and more.

  15. Adding B Roll to the Edit

    With the story in place, supplement the main video with that creative B-Roll. Learn how to determine where to place B-Roll and how to use those iPhone video clips strategically.

  16. Color Grading and Fixing

    Color grading helps establish your editing style -- and it's a must if you shoot in the raw N-Log format. Master the editing tools for color inside LumaFusion, including shortcuts for color grading multiple video clips.

  17. Music

    Sound effects help determine the mood of the movie. In this lesson, Cielo shares tips for finding the right music, as well as sharing how to add music to the video using LumaFusion. Work with adding music from a Storyblocks subscription and searching the music library, a quick method that doesn't require messing with iTunes.

  18. Voice Over

    Adding voice can help tie the story together. Learn how to record a voice over from iOS devices, from simple tricks like recording in a closet when you don't have a sound room, to using a mic. Then, learn how to add the voice over to the video inside the video editing software.

  19. Exporting and Uploading

    With the video editing finished, now what? Learn how to export and share video, including using cloud storage, and how to save space on your iPhone without losing the entire project file. Finally, see the final video Ciel worked on assembling throughout the course.


Chrystelle Hadjikakou

Being a beginner in all things video, watching this live class left me excited to try out a lot of things on my iPhone, not to mention I learned loads. Cielo showed us the full process from shot listing to gear to preparing the shoot and then shooting and editing, which was very enlightening, also I want to thank the people who were on the chat, because sharing tips and tricks was great too! Thank you for the awesome work!


This class was great! Cielo offered really good information. It was probably more than I needed since I am a beginner, but it inspired me to try and use it for the simple reasons I took the course. But it also showed me what is possible and how I can eventually upgrade what I am doing. It's good for people who are really into photography and telling the story of entrepreneurs (which is so important these days) can use their photography skills to help business owners stand out whether it's your side hustle or main career.

Chaya Emily Baumbach

Cielo is a gifted lecturer who explains iPhone filmmaking clearly, easily and in a fun way. I love the way she explains the steps in making videos on our smartphones, along with equipment and app recommendations. So glad I purchased this class as it is immensely helpful to me, a newbie.