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iPhone Filmmaking: From Shoot Through Edit

Lesson 3 of 19

Creating a Shot List


iPhone Filmmaking: From Shoot Through Edit

Lesson 3 of 19

Creating a Shot List


Lesson Info

Creating a Shot List

So let's go to the shot list now, based on that story arc, then I thought about Okay, what kinds of shots do I need to capture in order to tell that story that I just mapped out? Um And then what? Shots had to be included? Um, that would really show their unique design agency. So after I spoke to them, I didn't get to see the location or anything, but immediately, I thought, OK, there designers, their industrial designers. So if they have a three D printer, I wanted to make sure that showed that I wanted to show where they were. That was probably going to be something unique to them. Um, and then I figured maybe their sketches. Or maybe there was some things in their studio that were half done. I want to show all of those things. So I started writing down what those shots could be. And what were the musts that I had to capture and my shot list, doesn't it? It's no, uh, it's it's nothing complex. If you can illustrate. I mean, you could do a storyboard, Sure, but for me, I mean, this is...

good enough. So this was really all that I did. This was a Google doc, and, um, I don't if you can read. But after talking to them, I was like, Okay, so maybe to show where this this is all happening to give context. I want to show the city of San Francisco I wanna show Potrero, which is where the studio was. I want to show the streetscape because they were on top of this nice hill on then. I also wanted to get a shot of their home office studio, and you can see here I'll have things in parentheses in terms of how I want to move my phone or the camera. Right. So San Francisco skyline up there. It says, pan, you know, do I want a pan? So this these air kind of reminders for me, um, to to really think about how I want to move the camera. Um, And then it went down. So I went down into the different types of shots. So at the top, I have What are the establishing shots and then the medium shots? What are they? So I hadn't seen the location. So these were just things I was making up in my head. Um, so medium shots were the office of them working. I knew they had a garden. Was it going to be important to the story? Was a sure So there was a question mark there. Um and then I said, three D printer. Let's try to get that. I'd ask them about that. They did have a three D printer, and finally, I want to think about the close ups like, what were things that really deserved to be really looked at closely. And I thought, you know, they probably work with their hands a lot sketching or if they're making things I thought that would look really interesting and then some over the shoulder shots. Um, so I really thought about what I wanted to capture their. And then finally, even before you get to the location, I already think about ways to get creative with the phone. So because the phone is unique and you don't want to use it like any other camera you wanna use it to, you know it's best advantage, and it's so small. So what? What could I do with the phone to get those creative shots? And then finally How could I vary up the speed to really change it up and make things look a lot cooler? And so the shot list to me was super important as I went through the shoot. It was something that I came back to each time to make sure that I did capture some of the things that I thought about, cause I don't if you guys are like me. But when I get Teoh location, it's likes girls, you know, I'm just like, Oh, this looks cool. And this look is cool. And then I get so distracted that I need this to stay on track to make sure I capture the basic shots that I said I was going to get. Um, but that doesn't mean that, um, you can't shoot Mawr doesn't mean you have to stick to your shot list. In fact, what often happens and what happened in this particular shoot is that I did shoot a lot more than I thought I would, because you finally see the location. You finally see the different rooms and all of the cool things that they have. And so I definitely shot a whole lot more than what was on my list, but I made sure to shoot what was on my list. Um, there were a few things, though, on my shot list that, um, didn't quite make sense. So after getting to the location, I was like, Yeah, the garden. Remember the garden? They didn't really do any work in the garden, so I thought, OK, that's really not important to the story. So I don't know, just not shooting outside in the garden. So But the shot list for me was a way to guide the whole shoot and make sure miss anything.

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.

Greg Bird

I just finished the class and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It is perfect for someone like me just starting out and I recommend this class to anyone interested in making mobile videos. I look forward to diving into the more extensive editing course next. Thank you!