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iPhone Filmmaking: From Shoot Through Edit

Lesson 13 of 19

Culling Footage


iPhone Filmmaking: From Shoot Through Edit

Lesson 13 of 19

Culling Footage


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Culling Footage

So now we're going to go into the app loom effusion. So this is my favorite editing app. And when we import things into the timeline, we want to make sure it's the right thing. So there's some things actual before you import things for you to mark and tag things so that, you know, which is what I'll show you. That it would make more sense in a second what's actually see the interface. Um, and then we're gonna do some importing of the A role. So the a role in this case is the interview. So we're going to spend some time listening to some of the things that sets a 30 minute interview. Um, we're gonna listen to some of that and then take out the parts that really tell the story and leave out the parts that are just kind of extra. Okay, so what we're gonna do is we're gonna put in the good parts and let me show you that you I really quickly here is the Lumia fusion app. Um, and if you haven't uses before, if haven't watched the other editing class, I highly recommend you watch. Um, you wil...

l see that there's different sections on this interface, so the you can organize it many different ways by tapping on this. But for this case, the top left is where all my footage is. The bottom is where the timeline is, and then the top right is your preview. So you're either previewing your, uh, your clips or the footage in your actual timeline? Um, and then next, Um and then we're gonna be importing things into the timeline, so I'll go over how to do that right now. Send me going to my phone and me. Switch up. So who did it? It was sorry. Let me just navigate to nonfictional. Here we go. I'm multiple virgin saved. Okay, so here we have the timeline. Let me show you how I marked my footage. So I'll go into the folder where I had all of the footage right there. So here is all of the footage from that day, and you'll see some are marked. Read somewhere. Mark purple. I didn't really need to do a whole lot of organizing and tagging tagging anyway for this, because by just by glancing, I kind of already know what the video is about. But sometimes you know, it's the same thumbnail, and you get confused, right? So that's when the tagging becomes really important. But in this case, it was it wasn't so necessary. What I did do was I marked a few things red so that I would stop coming back to it, cause to me, in this case, Red meant no good, like or I'm not. I've really looked to that. I'm not going to use it. So let me go into the part. That one. That's red. So this was just a one second clip, so I knew. You know, I'm not I'm not going to use this. So it would save me from going into it and watching it, and I would just because look over it or look past it. Sorry. And the way you talk, you tag your footage. Here, you tap on info and see where says tag clip right there. Then you can mark it whatever color and signals to you. So it's up to you. What you want to market? Um, So maybe if you want to mark the wides market purple would mark the establishing shots of different color or however you want to organize. The thing is, you should organize, Uh, and however whatever makes sense to you, another thing you can do here is to add notes. Um, so you can add notes if that's helpful to you. And then also, you can rename the clip so that when you're looking at it, you know, it's a little bit more descriptive than just a bunch of numbers that you're seeing on screen. So that's one way to organize or Teoh tag your footage. So now, um, we're gonna talk about importing. You're a role. My A role. Is this here? The top left. This is the interview, so you can see by the time code. It's about a 30 minute interview. There's no getting around watching it. You have to watch the full 30 minute interview just so you know what you talked about, which parts you want to include, and so one what I personally do, especially if it's something that this is this long. So let me zoom in by double tapping. See the whole thing because it is this long. I have to resort to pen and paper to marking and saying, Oh, at new at 306 They said this, Um and then all mark things. And then once I have things marked, I will often just start dropping them into the timeline. So let's say, um, let me play what I have so far, one of things that we found core to what we do is we as opposed to a lot of other studios. They would put junior designers, which are great assets, to any design studio. But they put him as leads on projects because it makes a better financial model for them but doesn't always work out. So you see, I have snippets in there already that I've picked out. Let's do one together. So I'm here at the end. Let's hear what they're talking about here. It's a lot to do with the way people use the word design. Ah, long people think of designer, but the way people if you design um, so I'm gonna go back to my A role, and I think I marked it here and to market important out point. You see the brackets on the left. If you tap that, that marks the in the beginning, and then the bracket on the right marks the end of that snippet. So let's play that you are exposed to the world of luxury so back your background that it was designed so I can fast forward by scrubbing through and it can see when she starts talking fast forward. Maybe right there, mark that Lego's man Legos. So they're so now I'm gonna zoom out of it. And the way to drop that into the timeline. I like Teoh, tap and hold and then see until that pops out. And then I drop it into the timeline, and then you can zoom in and out of your timeline by pinching. See my two fingers pinching. So that's basically what I'm doing throughout this whole process. What I'm not doing during this process is paying attention to the order in which I have the clips. What's most important right now at this stage of the ed groups skidding at this stage of the edit is that you get those sound bites, Um, and you get in the parts that makes sense or that contribute to your story. Don't worry yet about how you arrange them. Just want to get the sound bites in, and you want to drop them into your timeline. One little hack all about the hacks, um, so loom effusion works with shortcuts if you happen to have a keyboard. So I edit a lot on my IPad as well, which has a keyboard attached to it. You can have additional controls. So whenever I'm watching something like a 30 minute talking segment just to be a little bit faster, I will use the keyboard shortcuts to watch things at two X so that it's faster. Otherwise, you're watching 30 minute video over and over again. So that's kind of Ah, cute little hack. Um, where I'll fast forward through things and Luna fusion has on their website. They have a list of all the shortcuts available to you if you do decide to use a keyboard and that comes in really handy for that, yes. Just to clarify you are doing all of this at it on your phone. Yeah, great. Like Wait, Is she editing under just on her phone? Yes, yes, yeah, I know. It's so surprising. It's, um Yeah, that's the beauty. Like you guys didn't believe you. I said, 01 system. You don't have to get off your phone And what's great is that you know when you're you know, when I'm commuting when I'm on the ferry, I'll quickly put together an insta story for I g TV. You know, I'll film. Something is just so much easier to get your story done and you edit on your phone. It's so easy. And then, you know, after your 25 minute ferry ride, you have a video. Um, so I don't know. It is hard to believe that you couldn't edit that on your phone can. I did this was all Yes. Um OK, so I think I think I have an advantage that have small hands, so but I have a big boat. Um Okay, so then so now what I have here is the starting, um, kind of starting to pull in all of the a role. And what I would probably do is after I've pulled in all of the snippets that I want to include, I will play the whole thing through, um, and then see if it makes sense. So for me, especially when there's an interview that I'm putting in, it takes a long time. And what often happens is that I will over include at the first pass. I, you know, I was aiming for, I think, a five fish minute video. Um, when I first dropped in all of the a role, so remember it was a 30 minute interview. I think I had 10 minutes of talking and, you know, I was like, I don't think that's going to be good. So it's, um you will over include the first pass, and then as you go through it, it'll make more sense to you what really needs to be there or what doesn't.

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!