Make a Movie on your Smartphone!

When and Where

2 May 2019 - 30 May 2019 (25 hours, 5 weeks)
Days and times
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Morley College London


Full fee
£275 Staged Payments available
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Sheena Holliday
Course code

What you will learn

There is no longer the need for expensive, cumbersome equipment to shoot good film. Everyone with a Smartphone or Digital SLR Camera already has access to an HD video camera. Furthermore, many well-known filmmakers are now using Smartphone devices to make their own short movies, including 'Sin City' director Robert Rodriguez. There is even a channel on YouTube dedicated to this medium. This practical course teaches you how to plan, shoot, edit and launch a short film using a Smartphone or DSLR as your main video camera. You will learn how to professionally plan your idea, compose and shoot HD quality footage, then edit the sequence to produce a finished film, ready to launch to your worldwide audience! If you are not entitled to a reduced fee but are finding it difficult to pay for your course in one go, we can offer a Staged Payment Agreement to split the costs into three payments if your course(s) costs £200 or more.
Please talk to a member of enrolment staff about how your payments would be structured. You are liable for all payments under this agreement, even if you stop attending your class.
As a student of Morley College you are also entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software. Your tutor can advise you on how to apply for this.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Know about filmmaking models and approaches
  • Plan a film using storyboarding and other pre-production techniques
  • Have a better understanding of the type of shots you need to tell your story
  • Shoot professional-looking video and stills with the Camera app on your Smartphone
  • Move video between Smartphone devices and workstations
  • Add voiceovers, titles, cutaways and effects
  • Edit footage using Premiere Pro
  • Add and edit a soundtrack
  • Share your movie using an app or website

Class format and activities

The course will start with a series of workshops, where you will learn about filming techniques, eg: storyboarding, setting up shots, framing, lighting a scene, etc. And in small groups, analyse and discuss video sequences and how they have been put together. Then through a series of exercises, you will learn how to set-up, import and edit a film sequence using Premiere Pro. Following this, you will learn about adding transitions, effects, sound and encoding (streaming) video. A busy and productive class taught in a professional, well-equipped studio. The class will be taught via a mix of presentation, active learning exercises, demonstrations, hand-outs, step-by-step instructions, pair working and group discussion. One to one tuition will be given to help develop ideas and skills and project work assigned to help you progress. The tutor will give demonstrations, presentations and lead group discussions around technical and creative subjects as well as provide assessment and feedback on your progress. Projects will regularly be given to allow for the sharing of your progress, some use of web-based presentation tools will be encouraged. Learning will be supported by course hand-outs, and the tutor will provide links to online resources.

You will then begin working on your own short film project, utilising these new skills and techniques. The tutor will provide one-to-one guidance through each phase of this process (pre-production, production & post-production) and hold regular group discussions and Q&A sessions relating to each of these phases. The tutor will also provide online resources and information, and give regular feedback on your progress. At the end of the course there will a screening session, when the class will have an opportunity to watch and discuss all of the films that have been produced during the course. There will be the opportunity to submit the best films to the iPhone film festival or other such Smartphone film festivals.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

You will need to own a Smartphone and have a genuine interest in this subject area. You will ideally have some experience of using a computer but this aspect will be taught in class. A keen interest in the subject is key to your success and the ability to attend the sessions regularly to get the most out of the course is desirable. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. This course can be taken alongside with any of our digital design, film and photography courses and will help you to gain the confidence you need when working with cameras and film making equipment. The best thing to bring with you is energy, enthusiasm and commitment!

What you need to know before you enrol

During the course we may be going out to take photographs or film around the college and some lessons may be outside on location. A reasonable level of fitness will be required for walking and carrying equipment such as tripods. The studio also contains Apple MacBooks for uploading and working with sequences. It would be helpful if you have some familiarity with Macintosh computers and know how to use standard menus and commands, however this is not an essential requirement as these skills can be picked up during the course. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes and discuss related topics. You may wish to revise and practise at home to reinforce what you have learned during the lesson. Information about computers and relevant software will be provided by the tutor. Many of the Art & Design studios have limited accessibility. If you have restricted mobility please contact the Art & Design Administrator on 0207 450 1934 or Learning Support on 0207 450 1835 before enrolling.

What you will need for your class

Please bring in your Smartphone, with at least 3GB memory remaining. We have a number of college cameras and other equipment for use in class time only. It would be helpful for you to bring a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) or mini-hard drive. This is for storage of media during the course and of your work at the end. If you are using software on your course it would be beneficial to your studies if you possess the software for use at home. As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software. Your tutor can advise you on how to apply for this.

What you can do next

After your course ends why not continue to build your skills? We offer a wide range of courses in Filmmaking running at beginner, intermediate and advanced stages. A range of portfolio and specialist-subject courses include Documentary Filmmaking, Video Blogging and Techniques for the filming of Interviews. Making movies on your Smartphone allows you to get the most out of small device filmmaking. NEW for 2018 is our Adobe Video Pack: After Effects and Premiere Pro course. And don’t forget our Stop Motion Workshops where hand crafted skills meet digital technology to create great animated films
Video Editing with Premiere Pro will shape your footage into a production. After Effects is a great tool for animating footage and creating films that will surely impress!
To help get your work noticed we also offer Website Building and Blogging courses using Wordpress.Org and Wordpress.Org.
Why not see what our students have produced by heading over to the Morley Digital Blog: where you can read success stories and catch up on new course information, news and events.