Planning on attending a smartphone filmmaking workshop run by LesFlicks?

You don’t need to turn up with anything but your smartphone, however if you just can’t help yourself and you want to not only learn how to use some tricks of the trade, but also have the equipment so you can use it straight away then take a look below at some of the items we will include.

Software

FiLMiC Pro Camera Kit – £19.99

This great app will allow you to change the settings of your smartphone camera to take the best possible shots. We’ve included two user videos below. https://www.filmicpro.com/ 

Kinemaster – $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year

A great in-phone editor that is quick and easy to use. You can download for free and try it out – it just has a watermark on final videos. If you like it, just buy the subscription to export your videos without a watermark.

https://www.kinemaster.com

Adobe Rush – free to try with 3 exports & 2gb storage, or £8.99 per month

If you want to be a bit fancier and adjust sound, light then a good option is Adobe Rush. Adobe has a set of four apps – Adobe Social Photo and Video Editors Bundle for smartphones

https://www.adobe.com/uk/products/premiere-rush.html

Equipment

Smartphone rig, light and boom mic – if you’ve tried holding your phone steady recording a gig or anything, you will know how it makes your hands hurt. A rig is great for allow single hand holding, or two-handed holding without getting cramp. In addition the rig also has cold shoe mounts so you can attach a light and boom mic (included in the kit).

Smartphone camera lens – zooming on a smartphone is a big no-no, since it is digital only zoom and you immediately de-grade the image. Fear not, a simple lens can solve all your problems. This one has several types of lenses.

Gimbal – a gimbal is an awesome device for creating smooth moving images. These devices self-balance so you can walk along recorded and the video won’t look like you’re walking. Plus you can also use the facial recognition to track a person. Ideal with the stand for vlogging.

Monopod – sometimes you want a stable shot and need to hold the camera still. The thing with smartphone filming is the portability, ease of just turning up so you want lightweight small equipment. Plus, some locations won’t allow you to place a tripod on the floor (3 legs), but there are no rules about a monopod!

Cold Shoe Mount – this can be attached to the bottom of the gimbal and allow you to attach the boom mic or light for great filming quality in any situation.

Flash Drive – if you’re recording video on your phone you will need a flash drive either if you want to edit on your computer, or if you want to move finished videos off your phone so you don’t run out of space.