Smartphone filmmaking

1-day short course: Smartphone Video Making

Hi-Res videos and even editing them into short films for marketing or journalism that can possible with smartphones and shared with the rest of the world. In just one day, you will learn the tricks to get great shots, overcome the limitations of smartphones and increase the production values of your videos.

Our Smartphone filmmaking short course is addressed to marketers, journalists and documentary makers who want to use their smartphone to create and share videos on Social Media. The course will provide you with the skills and confidence you need to produce effective and engaging short videos on a low budget. We will present the key features of successful phone video making, demystifying the technology in a friendly and welcoming learning environment.

Spectacle's Smartphone filmmaking course is a day packed with useful tips and techniques for getting the best out of your phone. You will have a chance to try out a range of extra equipment, accessories and apps. You will also learn good filming practices and handy editing workflows. Accessible, hands-on exercises will help consolidate your new knowledge into ready-to-use skills and guide you into producing an outstanding video.

All our courses are led by Mark Saunders, a professional filmmaker with decades of industry and teaching experience.


Camera techniques

- Auto/manual focus, aperture, shutter speed

- Native Apps & Third-party software: free and cheap options

- Framing: Interviews, live-action, locations, people & things

- Lighting: natural and artificial lights

Sound recording

- In-built mic and external mics

- Auto/manual record levels

- Audio recording equipment


You get to try out a range of accessories and buying advice on what you need and why.

- Gimbals, rigs and clamps

- Tripods, monopods

- External lenses

Editing and uploading

- Editing options on your phone and other devices

- Use of titles, captions and text

- Uploading to social media

- Live streaming

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Complete beginners and people with basic video skills, from any background.


3 to 8 participants on each course.


All course dates run from 10am to 4pm 

7 Oct 2019  BOOK NOW

18 Nov 2019  BOOK NOW

6 Dec 2019  BOOK NOW

25 Feb 2020  BOOK NOW

If you're interested in taking the course but can't make any of the dates listed, please get in touch anyway - we may be able to schedule additional dates if we receive sufficient interest.

You can also look at the dates of all our different courses on our course Calendar



For information on the payment methods we accept, please click here.


You are welcome to bring your own handset to follow along with instructions. 

As there is a myriad of smartphones, apps and operating systems, it would be useful to know your model and specs in advance. We use iPhones to demonstrate and we will provide you with tips compatible with Android phones. 

The aim of this course is to understand the principles of smartphone filmmaking rather than specific operations on any particular phone.


Unit 25 of the Battersea Business Centre, 99-109 Lavender Hill, SW11 5QL. 

Detailed travel instructions are included in our  FAQs and will be sent to all enrolled participants on booking and a week before the course begins.