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iPhone Filmmaking: From Shoot Through Edit

Lesson 17 of 19



iPhone Filmmaking: From Shoot Through Edit

Lesson 17 of 19



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the next part. Music. Oh, this is another one. So I do it. I should ask other people how long they spent picking music. Because I am so picky. Um, if somebody gave me two months to do this, I would have taken two months. Just because picking of music and so key to make is for me, music is that's the emotion, you know. That's what get people feeling. And I think it deserves time. And so, if I were to say, What did I spend most of my time on would be putting the story together and picking the music. Okay, so now let's how about picking the right piece of music and then ways to add music? There is actually really easy way to do it now, So let's go over how to do that. Ah, music, music. Okay, so we color graded everything. So now you're seeing these green lines. Um, that is the music that I've picked. And so, for demonstration purposes, I've added in two types of two pieces of music, so you can tell what difference it makes. But before I play that, I want to show you how you add that in an...

d the awesome part about Luna fusion. Honestly, it's made my life so much easier is that they've partnered with storey blocks, So Storey blocks is, um and it's they provide a like stock footage, music, backgrounds and all that. So, um, if you bought, you can buy a one year subscription through Luna Fusion, and it's a lot cheaper, actually, than if you were to buy it outside of Luna Fusion. So the way to access of the music here is by tapping on the top left. See where that folder is and then going into story blocks. What you can do typically is you can navigate two storey blocks, um, catalogue, and you can pick music. And so these are just some of the things that I have downloaded from before. But you can even search, right? So there's a search icon here, and, um, you know, you can type in. So if this was the whole catalog cinematic music and it'll pull up all of the cinematic music and then you can tap on something like Business Idea, for example, and then listen to it. And then CEO, Is this something I want include, so that's just I think if you've ever tried adding music before this, you will appreciate how easy it is not to add music's. Before, before this, you would have to use your desktop. You would have to find music on a new from a site like epidemic sound. Download it, sink it with ITunes and then sing it to your phone was a mess. Eso Right now this is the quickest way to add music. Um OK, so let's get out of that. Um so now let me show you what we see. So this panel that you see me pulling in and out is ways for you to control the audio for each of these lines So you'll see Summer read. The top one here is taking out the audio from B the bureau. So that's why that's off. And then this line here will line up with the audio. Um, here. So what I'll do is I'll play one piece of music. The bottom one. Cinematic drums, inquire voices and then we'll see doesn't match what you're seeing. Um, so let me go back. He turned this line off this line on and let's hear it the way that the playfulness of footage. No, did it? Um, so we'll play, We'll go back. And I tried a few. So this is what I'll dio to try things out. I actually don't go. Sometimes it's really close, and what I'll do is I'll drop them both in and then I'll compare and I'll listen and I'll see which one is ties in a little bit better. So now let's listen to the 2nd and turn that off. So you see how that definitely matched the energy of that much better. So music does a whole lot Teoh really bring life to your video? Um, so let me see. And then the cool thing, um, with it is that it's now in the app and it's easy to access and you can pick and choose. But I say Take, take the time to try out different pieces and download them and see what works better. When did have some people were asking, You know, it just came up in that last bit about the title cards and how you were when you answer those or how you insert those. Yeah, I think I mentioned it. Go back. Oh, no, no, not all. I mentioned it a little bit earlier when I was talking about shaping the story. So the title cards that said, um, I think I have some of it in here. Ah, its collapse. That So Here. This this? Yeah. So I insert it when I'm arranging the story because for me, so that I know it's a good way to break up the content. So I know. Okay, this is the part where they're talking about their struggles. So I'm typically putting dropping that in as a way for me to stay organized and figure out when where things are. So I do that wind shaping of the story. Thank you. Um, but make sure. I mean, there's no hard and fast rule, but always add it before music, because once you add in music, your timing things to the music and adding it card will add two seconds. So if you're trying to time things to the music and you add the card afterwards, it kind of, you know, your timing's off

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.