Explore advanced techniques of using the iPhone as a professional filmmaking tool as we dive deeper into its unique capabilities.

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Note: This Course will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom platform.
Class meets Saturdays, May 18, 25, Jun 1 (Skipping Jun 8) & 15  10:30am-1:30pm ET + 1:1 Time with the instructor.

The best camera is the one that’s with you.” – Chase Jarvis

As digital filmmaking technology has developed, so have the abilities and filmic applications of the camera we always have with us: the one in our iPhone.

In this workshop, we’ll be exploring more advanced techniques of using the iPhone as a professional filmmaking tool as we dive deeper into its unique capabilities. This will be a project-based workshop, allowing students the opportunity to develop a short, three to five-minute film while expanding their iPhone filmmaking skills. Students are encouraged to come to the workshop with a film idea in mind, but a series of prompts will also be supplied to provide inspiration. By pursuing a single project over the course of a month, students will be able to further explore the cinematic storytelling possibilities of a simple iPhone.

Discussion of preproduction, advanced smartphone cinematography skills, and postproduction workflows will be covered to help students complete the workshop with a polished short film. We will focus on how to best use the iPhone for its storytelling advantages, expanded sound recording techniques, the use of camera movement, and different lens options, all in specific applications to each student’s film.

This weekly, online workshop will meet as a small group over Zoom and include technical demonstrations, discussion of successful short films, lectures, and consistent feedback sessions on student work. In the second to last week of the workshop, there will be an opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with the instructor as students work to finish editing their films.

Course prerequisites

2-Day iPhone Filmmaking Workshop, basic knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro, and basic knowledge of the Filmic Pro app.

Note: Participants will need to get the FiLMiC Pro app which is available at the Apple App Store or via Google Play. There is a free trial and then a subscription fee that will cost approximately $15 for the length of this class. We will also discuss other apps that provide alternatives to this subscription-based model.

While students can explore the essential dynamics of how to make more effective films with your phone or DSLR without purchasing additional attachments and equipment, the tuition reduction for the online version of this class will allow you to acquire some highly recommended gear to help you get the most out of your experience. The instructor’s equipment recommendations are listed here. She is also happy to suggest affordable options that will accommodate your budget.

Image Credit: Felipe Peliquim

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Instructor: Anna Graham

Anna Graham is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and teacher based out of Boston, Massachusetts. She is currently an Instructor at Suffolk University and a Teaching Assistant at Harvard University, where she works with classes at a variety of skill levels, ranging in subject from traditional documentary filmmaking to 16mm filmmaking, iPhone filmmaking, and film editing. She also actively freelances as a camera operator, editor, producer, and sound recordist, working on films such as Julie Mallozzi’s Circle Up (2017) and Lucia Small’s Girl Talk (work in progress). Anna is currently working on a 16mm film documentary investigating the history of mental illness in the United States by researching and filming its former State Hospitals.