Filmmaking 102: Using Your Smartphone - 5 Week Course

Take your smartphone filmmakers' skills to a whole new level in 5 weeks
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60 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 5 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Skill Building: screenwriting, visual storytelling, Light a scene, foundations of cinematography, camera movements, editing, and sound. 
In the end, students create a film of their own and enjoy the experience of making their film using just a smartphone. 
I have been teaching digital media to students from 1st to 6th grade at the Austin Film festival, Creative Action, a non-profit organization based on Austin and Outschool. Students love the dynamic of making a film. As a film professional, I love to teach the kids about these subjects, I'm very passionate about it. From my own perspective, I engage with the students by talking about movies and how fun is creating then, I also enjoy building collaborative groups and leaders who work together to create something;g new and unique. 
Every class, there is an assignment for the students to reinforce the core activity. 
Week One: Write a screenplay
Week Two: Create a scene using the concept 3 light setting, 
Week Three: Camera movement challenge
Week Four: Edit your film
Week Five: Present your film
Students must have access to a smartphone or smart tablets for the class. 
- One session requires students to light a scene, I don't recommend purchasing a professional light kit. But you can use table lamps or desk lamp overhead lighting.
I recommended editing software that is free and can be downloaded from the provided website. During class, I will send a list of equipment that is appropriate for students who want to embark on smartphone filmmaking. However, is not mandatory to buy equipment that is just a list of tools for them to use.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students choose to share the work done from the previous week's assignment at the beginning of the class. 
These activities can measure their level of success in class.
The final project for the students will be the creation of a short film of two minutes long. I love to create reflections with students and encourage sharing their opinions and ideas about class topics and their love about their learning experience.

Parents might need to help their children in this class. Making movies is about collaboration. So I encourage you to work with them. Every child is different. Some could do the whole project by themselves; others need support.

Every class, I emphasize my will to help and answer questions any time. Not only during the course. You can always reach me with any concerns. 
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
The content is curated and reviewed for the students. I constantly review the material I show in class with a great tool for parents and teachers to understand what is appropriate to show kids and what age.
The teacher always advises students to check with parents that the teacher mention in class. Sometimes the teacher talks about certain films that not age-appropriate for them, however, the teacher will never show video clips of these films.


Mr GusFilmmaker and Photographer who loves to teach film, Screenwriting and stop motion animation
225 total reviews
154 completed classes

About Me

1) I teach smartphone filmmaking 101/102/103 , editing, sound, and basic lighting, story development, and creation and Stop Motion animation (sculpt characters to animation techniques)

2)I have been working in the industry for a long time, mostly... 
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