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Training – Filmmaking on iPads and iPhones

iPhone and iPad film training

  • Half-day or one-day beginner or intermediate courses
  • Available anywhere in the UK and beyond
  • No filmmaking experience needed
  • Special offer on half-day courses booked before 31 March 2017

My iPad and iPhone filmmaking training is designed for people with no experience of making videos. It’s carefully structured to introduce the key skills you need to make short factual or training films on your mobile devices. The training is available at your organisation anywhere in the UK (and beyond), and I also offer courses for individuals and small groups in Cardiff.

I’ve developed a more affordable half-day version of my original one-day course, which is an ideal introduction for non-filmmakers. I can also provide a bespoke one-day course with additional content to suit your specific needs.

My standard course is based on Apple’s own easy-to-use Camera and iMovie apps. Intermediate courses can cover the more advanced Filmic Pro camera and LumaFusion editing apps, and using accessories such as microphones or the DJI Osmo Mobile stabiliser.

Interested in iPhone/iPad film training? Please email me (address at top of page), ring me on 029 2009 5900 (UK), or use the contact form.

Course content

Getting started

I’ll show you some short films so you can see how they combine pictures, sound and editing to tell their stories. We’ll explore the different shots you can use, and how to combine them so that they make sense together. Then I’ll look at different ways of generating ideas and planning a film.

The film recipe

The core of the course is what I call the ‘film recipe’. You’ll start by filming and recording sound, gathering the ingredients that you’ll edit together later.  This session will teach you how to:

  • shoot good video and stills with the Camera app
  • film different shots
  • film a ‘talking head’ presentation to camera

Putting it together

Then you’ll start editing with iMovie. You’ll learn how to

  • put video and stills into the program, trim them and change the order
  • add and adjust audio, including voiceover and music
  • illustrate a presentation or interview with ‘cutaways’
  • use transitions, effects and titles
  • fine-tune your film
  • share your finished movie.

The course also covers:

  • principles of film planning
  • alternative apps and accessories for iPhone filmmaking

Course materials

iPad film handouts

The 16-page PDF course booklet takes you step-by-step through the filmmaking process.

The one-day course

The one-day version of the course will include additional content to match your specific requirements, for example:

  • interview technique
  • using lights, reflectors/diffusers and microphones
  • working with you to help you plan your own film project
  • creating a multitrack soundtrack with Garageband
  • editing your iPhone/iPad movie in iMovie on a Mac, Final Cut Pro or Premiere


The cost of courses depends on your location. Please get in touch to discuss your needs or book a course.

Special offer on half-day courses booked before 31 March 2017

  • £500 (afternoon or early evening course, no more than 4 hours by train from Cardiff)
  • £400 (afternoon or early evening course, within 50 miles of Cardiff)
  • £300 (1-3 people, in Cardiff)

About Tom Barrance

Tom BarranceI have over 20 years experience of delivering film training and workshops around the UK and beyond. I’ve delivered this course for public sector bodies, charities, nonprofits, arts and drama groups. 


What people say

“Tom is a really good teacher and is able to convey a lot of technical detail without baffling his audience. Highly recommended.”
Gillian Southgate, Assistant Director, NHS R&D Northwest

“Simply excellent. Fun, interesting, useful and rewarding.”
Derek C Stewart OBE, Associate Director for Patient, Public Involvement & Engagement, NIHR CRN

“I cannot overstate how much potential these simple filming skills will give you for instigating change, improving efficiency and communication, and achieving your own ambitions.”
Sarah Adcock, Senior Specialist Physiotherapist, Manchester Royal Infirmary