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iPhone Filmmaking: From Shoot Through Edit

Lesson 4 of 19

Gear List


iPhone Filmmaking: From Shoot Through Edit

Lesson 4 of 19

Gear List


Lesson Info

Gear List

so the gear is always find. I think I tend to spend more time on it than I should just because I love it's like my toys. I love player the gear, Um, but the thing with mobile filmmaking is it's because they're so small. It's just so easy. Just bring everything with you. But I find that when I do that, it becomes a distraction. Actually, um, and it becomes like when I get there and I did bring everything it becomes. How can I use this piece of gear? And it's not about away, you know, telling the story. It's about using the gear. Does that make sense? It It's so be wary of bringing everything because you don't want it to distract you. So when you do prepare your gear, it's good to know the shots that you need to get right so that you do know what to bring. So, for example, in the shot list before I had, um, I think wide shots of the room. So then that would tell me I need to bring a wide lens. Um, and I knew it was going to try to do a time lapse, so I need some kind of tripod. I knew I ...

wanted to maybe do some slow motion, so I knew I would have to bring a gimbal. And I knew I wanted to walk around the room. So the gimbal was going to be really useful. Um, so it was kind of looking at the shot list and then seeing what gear did I need in order to execute on that shot list. And then, um, if you don't know if you don't have the gear, it's very easy enough to go buy them there. The cool thing about mobile filmmaking is that all the gear is really inexpensive. I mean, even the lenses. I mean, So my cameras, I pay $2000 for a lens, and I'm like, Oh, my God, um but for I'll go over the gear later. But some of these you know, some people freak out that it's Oh, my God, it's $100. But then I'm thinking, Well, at least it's not $2000. Okay? So don't get play. Um, so, yeah, so you can easily buy the gear. It's really inexpensive. A lot of it, Um, or you can borrow it from someone. And if you can rent it from your local camera store, you should go for it. Unfortunately, my camera store, they're not quite there yet. They don't have the mobile filmmaking. Um, but yeah, if you're camera store has it, then Definitely. I highly recommend renting things out first. Eso I already talked about without over doing it. Okay, so I gave that big caveat. But now let's talk about all the awesome you can get. Um, So I have, ah, slew of things here on the desk and, um, always warn you, you don't have to get everything but these air the options that are available to you. Okay, so let me start off with some of the things that you can use to hold your phone. And there's a lot out there. I tried. Keep mine as basic as possible. One of my favorite tools is one. My favorites right now. Are these jobe gorilla pods? I think a lot of you have seen this. A lot of bloggers care around bigger versions for the bigger cameras. They make it for phones too. So this is the mobile rig. And what's cool about this particular rig is that it's got arms and has these cold shoe amounts. So the cold shoe mounts allow you to attach different things like lights or microphones and whatever else you need to help you film And what I like about this now that we have I g TV and we have vertical video is that you can actually turn this to capture vertical video. If you care about that and I do care about that s oh, that's one cool rig. And what's great about these bendy legs is they're small. They can fit in a small backpack, and you can mount them on all sorts of random things, like a branch or rail. Um, and then you can bounce it out and you can do like you can get really creative with that. So that's why I really like that particular rig. Um, another rig is also by Joby, and this one is called the Tele Pods. So what's cool is you have to embrace the selfie stick. Okay? I know a lot of people like, but this is really cool because yes, it's it can be a selfie stick, you know, um but I think for me I like using it because it gives you a little bit more height. So sometimes if I am doing my vlog, I put it up on a table and it's it's good heightened, and I can Well, not right now. Um, but you can use it for that. So this is really cool. Eso This comes with a Bluetooth remote, which I lost, Um, and then you can choose how high you want it to be. So hey, that's really cool. So that's another one of my favorites and these come apart. So that s Oh, this comes off so that you can put in a really small person, a really small bag. So that's a really cool one. And then the next thing that I use often enough is a gimbal or a stabilizer, and this is great for when you're doing a lot of walking around, it really stabilizes your footage. There are a lot out there. Um, I like D J I because they have a nap that goes along with this and for me. I think their app is the best at that face tracking. So if you are someone that films yourself often and you wanted to make. Do you want to make it look like you have a camera person? You can put that tracking on. You can set it down and you can move around and it little follow you. So it looks like somebody moving the camera for you. Which is kind of a cool hack, I think. Um, so this is by D J. I Another good one that a lot of people use, which I think is good as well is the June June smooth four. Another one to take a look at, um but this is the one that I like to use and you'll see later on me using this. So, um, there's some tricky things about this with balancing and so on. But you'll see that later on on how I balance it when I have heavy things on there. But that does fit my big phone. So I have the IPhone tennis max. So that does fit that which is really nice. So those are the rigs that I use. Now let's go into audio, because to me, audio is really, really important if you have wind noise or you just can't hear what's happening. Ah, lot of the time. It's really, really hard to watch whatever it is that video. So I have a few options here, the one I like to use because it's so simple and it's so small. Is this road Um, Mike Me? L And it goes straight into the lightning port of the phone, and it's I mean, it's so tiny. Um, and it fits into this case, but it, you know, it covers. You can go about five feet away. I think if with any Mike any shotgun, Mike, if you're further than five feet, it kind of defeats the purpose of using the mic. So make sure you're within about five feet, Um, of using these shotgun mikes. There's there's quite a few that are out there. Um, I know there's the shore, and the 88 is another good one that people like to use, but this one is really great. Um, and then this also comes with a wind cover or wind muff that I didn't bring with me. So whenever it's windy outside, make sure just pop on that wind much for wind cover or dead cat. Whatever you wanna call it. Um, and then it takes it blocks out that wind noise, which is nice. Then you're not limited. Limited to non windy days when you're filming outside. Another cool little tool that I just recently got And I love this little thing is called the insta Mike. Eso the instant Mike is a Bluetooth mike, and it's time it's like a lava leer. So this kind of this got magnet and you kind of clip it on to your lapel or whoever it is that's talking. And it it stinks to your phone via Bluetooth, which is really great. If you have ever tried using a mike with one of these Gimbels, you know that it is so hard to balance your phone with a mic on this Kimble. So the instant Mike is actually a good solution for that. And the great thing is that this works with the filming app that a use which is filmic pro, um, which you will see me using later on. So this is a really cool, cool tool, and it can also record by itself, too, so it doesn't have to be attached to your phone. Um, and then I think this has, like, eight gigs of memory. Don't quote me on that, but something like that, so we can record it. Could be a separate recorder. So that that for audio now, lenses. I know a lot of you have gotten notes. I have the movement, Liz Anamorphic. So there are all sorts of lenses that you can get an attached to your phone and my favorite ones right now are the moment lenses. Simply because I feel like the quality of the glass is really great. Me being a photographer, you know, I always want the best glass. So for now, I think moment does make the best class, and they have different kinds. So if you want to capture a wider scene on your phone, you can. Ah, So this is the moment. 18 millimeter. You can attach it to your phone. So I have the moment case here, and it just screws on like that. So I have a few different versions. I have the wide and then I have the telephoto here, which is then I also have the anamorphic leads. Um, anamorphic lenses, uh, needs a special app for you to use it. So if you use film Akpro. You'll be able to use this where it will stretch out. And you have this more cinematic looking kind of footage, I guess. Um, so that's that for lenses. There are a few more that makers and make it. There's although clip I know I use although clip, um for when I want to use my front facing camera Because as you can see, these Onley clip to the back right? If you like to dio selfie videos or anything like that, um, and want wider lens, Sometimes I will clip onto the front of my phone on Allah clip wide lens. Um, so there's that. And then finally lights. Um, sometimes. So we all know that the phone has a really tiny sensor. So whenever you're somewhere that's really dark. Or if you're interviewing somebody, I mean you need a little bit more light. You can get these lights of These are man photo lights, and the's have three different settings. Actually, um, so they can go from it is somewhat bright to really ridiculously blinding bright. Um, so I have to be careful when I've, you know, interbreeding somebody and I have it facing them. It can be blinding. But that just goes to show how much power these little guys have. And so this works really well with the mobile rig, actually. So here you can see I have this cold shoe. I'm out here so you can just put it on like that, um, and then pointed whichever way you want to point it, and you've got yourself a cool little set up there, you can walk around and, you know, and light up the scene in front of you. So that's, um that's it for gear again. I want to reiterate that, um, it's not about bringing everything with you. If I were to tell you what I normally bring with me, you'd be so surprised because I'm usually, uh, Cubes. I'm usually carrying this mike the shotgun mike with me, and then I have the mobile rig, and that's it. So I always make sure I have good audio. That's very, very key. Some toe. Have some good mike with you. And then, um, some way for you to hold your phone. Um, yes. So that's it. Are there any questions about gear? Um, in studio, If you say, want to do something in studio and you already have a studio or photo studio. Um, there's no reason why you can't use your existing equipment. Just because you're filming with the phone doesn't mean you have to change up all your gear. Um, so one of the lights, I think in one of the photos that was used earlier in the class, I had this big bring light in front of me, so I just wanted to dress that. So I do use that. Um, obviously, that's not so mobile. That's good for when I do videos. Yeah, that guy. Um, so thank you. Eso. That's good for it. So you see my phones attached there. I have a wireless mic that's good for you know, if you just wanted light yourself up, it's just one little light, and it does. It just makes your face look great. Takes out the blemishes, which is why I love it. Um, so that's about all the gear that I use. I mean, that's there's There's nothing complicated about it. All that can fit in one little bag. So that's the beauty of filming with their phone. Um, especially if you're out and about even if you just had this, You just Nobody looks, You know, if you're the kind person likes to be low key, which is me, um, then you'll totally get away with just filming on that. Nobody knows you have this beagle video or story that you're trying to create. All right, so that is the gear portion. Um, see what we have next. It's and so we just listed out the gear option. So the IPhone So let me talk about that. So sometimes I have a spare IPhone with me. I know not everyone has that luxury. Um, but it's always good to have a spare one, because then you can get an additional vantage point. Right? So you have this to camera thing happening, so I'll usually bring my spare old IPhone. Then we talked about tripods and rigs, and then the stabilizer, and then the different lenses. And then oh, super Keith, this one from Clyde, I looses. I didn't have it out here, but battery charter, um, super super important. Because when you're filming versus just taking photos with their phone, it will consume your battery like a lot. Um, so I am usually carrying a battery charger with me. I find that when I shoot with the IPhone tennis max, um, by if I started nine by 2 p.m. I kind of need to charge it up. So when I'm taking a break, let states and all day shoot, then you know, I'll plug it in and charge it up. But that's really that There's one thing that will kill your shooting, that if you run out of battery on your phone, it goes dead. So that one's really, really important. Um, and then we talked about lights, gaffer tape. Here's the secret, and you'll see me using this later on because the IPhone is so light and small you can tape it to anything. Oh, so you're limited by your imagination, and I like to bring gaffer tape with me because, you know I can take. But anyway, to mailboxes, to the wall, to the ceiling, to a ceiling fan. I mean, you name it. This is how you can get really creative with your phone with tape. Um, so I think that was that for the gear. Yes. Kanneh, we do have a question online. This is from Jordan. Do you ever use nd filter Circular polarizer zahn I dio if so went so Andy filters I do use, um I don't bring him out as often as I should. The ND filters are basically good for keeping your shutter speed at a certain level, right? So, um, not to go into the whole like video. But let's say you're filming at 24 frames per second. You want to make sure that your shutter speed for a more cinematic look it's not gonna ruin your video. But if you really Amy for a cinematic look, it's good to have your shutter speed at 1/50. So double your double your frame rate, and in order to do that, you have to darken it with the nd filter. So I do use and D filters I had don't use. Polarizer is though, um, but certainly used that these polarized move more for ah photography. But that's a good question. And moment also has, um, they didn't bring with me, but they do have attachments to their to their lenses, so they haven't adapter so that you can attach those nd filters through them. Good question, Jordan. Yes, right. Got some more questions coming in. This one is from Jeannie. Who says, What is the best light and Mike for full body movement shoots Best light and Mike for full body shoots. That wouldn't depends on where if it's outdoor on and I always tried to film the best life possible because the IPhone it has a small sensor, guys, um, but if you're in studio, then I think if you have soft boxes, that's kind of a good way to soften shadows. You know, just like any led soft boxes, you can buy really inexpensive ones for a couple $100. I would probably set up two of them 45 degree angle to somebody dancing or something like that, Um, that I probably go to the standard soft box set up.

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.