Free smartphone filmmaking course comes with Zacuto Smart Z-Finder

In partnership with Rob Kaczmark and MZed, Zacuto expresses their gratitude to all supporters of their recently launched Smart Z-Finder Crowdfunding Campaign by giving away a free online smartphone filmmaking course ($99 value) with every purchase.

Creating jaw-dropping content relying solely on the smartphone cameras we all carry in our pockets is a skill in itself. Indeed, it requires not only specific tools, but also a good part of the appropriate knowledge of cinema.

While prop maker Zacuto knows how much gear matters, they also take your education seriously. That’s why they decided to offer a free online course on smartphone filmmaking to anyone who decides to get their recently launched Smart Z-Finder (we’ve talked about it before), a mobile version of their popular viewfinder. We’ll take a look!

Zacuto Smart Z-Finder. Source: Zacuto

Smartphone filmmaking course: soon on MZed

MZed, the online training platform owned by CineD, already hosts more than 300 hours of film training, and we are constantly expanding our offer with new courses added periodically (in fact, a new course on building a Pitch Deck was launched yesterday – details here). Among several new ones that are currently in production is also Rob Kaczmark’s smartphone filmmaking course.

Rob is the CEO of Chicago-based Spirit Juice Studios, as well as the inventor of 1 Minute Film School. In his upcoming MZed course, he shares all his knowledge, tips, and advice to help you create entertaining content on a budget using just your phone. Hear Rob directly by watching the video below.

How to Get Free Smartphone Filmmaking Course on MZed

Well, it’s quite simple! No golden ticket or lucky winner. Indeed, anyone who has previously supported Zacuto’s crowdfunding campaign or will do so in the future will have lifetime access to Rob’s next lessons. Along with your Smart Z-Finder, you will receive a voucher with a discount code to use the course on MZed.

This free course is worth around $99 in cash, but the only amount you have to pay is equal to the price of the Zacuto Smart Z-Finder, which ranges from $299 for the basic kit to $465 for the cinematographer’s bundle. more complete. Keep in mind that you have until November 18 to support the company’s Kickstarter campaign. (The course will also be available to MZed Pro Filmmaking Education membership subscribers once it is released.)

For more information, please visit Zacuto’s Kickstarter campaign here.

Content of Rob’s Smartphone Filmmaking Course

Here is an overview of the course content to get you excited:

1. Introduction

1.1 Welcome to the course

1.2 Create an online spool – overview

2. iPhone Camera Basics

2.1. Get started with the iPhone camera app
video, photo, portrait modes, RAW option, how to focus and adjust exposure

2.2. Introducing iPhone Lenses
how to zoom, difference between optical and digital zoom, discussion of the focal lengths of each iPhone lens, shooting situations where it is ideal to use each

2.3. Choose a frame rate and format
4K vs HD, 24 fps vs 30 fps vs 60 fps

2.4. Camera preferences and settings

setting default formats, enabling HDR video, configuring buttons for the camera app

2.5. Extend your iPhone camera with accessories
What type of filming do you do? Tips to Build Your Platform for the Most Successful Outcome

3. Filming with the iPhone

3.1. Control exposure with the iPhone camera
Overview of exposure tips for indoor and outdoor locations, how to adjust on the iPhone camera app

3.2. Composition and framing
How to frame your subject

3.3. Sequencing
Enter basic coverage

3.4. Lighting
Use of natural light, light rings, other very basic techniques and tools

4. Editing

4.1. Adobe Rush download and video overview
Installing Adobe Spark, opening the application, overview of features

4.2. Importing video into Adobe Rush

4.3. Trim video clips in Adobe Rush

4.4. Exporting video in Adobe Rush

4.5. Add text to video

4.6. Add music to video

4.7. Video preview

4.8. Sharing your video on social networks

Learn more with MZed Pro

As an MZed Pro member, you also have access to over 300 hours of filmmaking training, including Building a Pitch Deck with Lesley Powers, and we’re constantly adding more courses (several are currently in production).

For just $30/month (billed annually at $349), here’s all you’ll get:

  • Over 45 courses, over 650 high quality lessons spanning over 300 hours of learning.
  • Highly produced courses by educators who have decades of experience and accolades, including a Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award.
  • Unlimited access to stream all content for 12 months.
  • Download and view offline with the MZed iOS app.
  • Discounts on ARRI Academy online courses, exclusively on MZed.
  • The majority of our courses provide an industry-recognized certificate upon completion.
  • Purchasing the courses would cost over $8,000.
  • Course topics include cinematography, directing, lighting, cameras and lenses, production, independent filmmaking, writing, editing, color grading, audio, and even how to cast. a YouTube channel.
  • 7 day money back guarantee if you decide it’s not for you.

Join MZed Pro now and start watching today!

Image source: MZed

Full disclosure: MZed is owned by CineD

Do you often create content using only your smartphone? Do you have a specific tip for making mobile movies? Share your experience in the comments below!

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