Smartphone Video Storytelling

Robb Montgomery

June 28, 2018 Forthcoming by Focal Press
Reference - 126 Pages
ISBN 9781138635999 - CAT# Y323059


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  • Give students the tools to learn about visual storytelling with equipment they already have - their phone
  • Examines the fundamentals of visual storytelling and how best to produce high quality multimedia content
  • Text is broken into projects to allow a hands-on, engaging approach to learning these skills
  • Numerous images and screen grabs help student follow all the steps of production
  • An accompanying website that contains video examples of the projects being discussed


Smartphone Video Storytelling helps readers master the techniques for making compelling short-form video content with a smartphone. With mobile journalism on the rise, it’s becoming increasingly important to understand the entire process and potential for conveying stories across multiple platforms. This richly-illustrated text provides students with the essential smartphone video reporting skills: From choosing the right editing app, to working with interview subjects on camera. The ethics of non-fiction video storytelling are highlighted to reinforce core journalistic principles. The chapters feature mini-tutorials and exercises that introduce the key principles of filmmaking. The included student exercises and library of online video lessons introduce the building blocks of visual storytelling using real-world reporting examples. A story-based approach allows instructors to use the experiences of making each project in order to teach the fundamentals of video storytelling in a natural way. Each story lesson introduces the necessary stages, including planning, filming, and editing . . . and all with a smartphone.


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