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Training – Filmmaking on iPads, iPhones and Android phones

Mobile devices

  • Half-day or one-day beginner or intermediate courses
  • Available anywhere in the UK and beyond
  • No filmmaking experience needed
  • Online course coming soon

My iPad, iPhone and Android 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.

iOS filmmaking

My standard one-day course is based on Apple’s own easy-to-use Camera and iMovie apps and the free Rode Reporter audio app. I can also cover filmmaking with Android phones using the PowerDirector editing app.

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.

I can also offer a basic half-day or twilight course which covers the essentials of shooting and editing on either iPhones/iPads or Android phones.

Interested in mobile 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
  • ways for structuring your story
  • alternative apps and accessories for iPhone filmmaking

Course materials

The 28-page PDF course booklet takes you step-by-step through the filmmaking process.


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

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