Mobile Production 3 hours 

Lets cover the 5 principles of mobile film making and video blogging to understand what our smart devices are able to achieve.

1 : Camera Setting

Let’s sort out the Grid and Framerates.

Download Open Camera, turn on the 3×3 grid

Record at 1080 30fps for interviews

Record at 1080 60fps or higher for slow motion

 10 mins.

2 : Composition and Framing

Rule of thirds and much more.




 Using the rule of thirds (images below) compose your shot to create interest within your video content.


Types of video composition shots


Extreme Wide Shot

The view is so far from the subject that he isn’t even visible. Often used as an establishing shot.

 Very Wide Shot 

The view is so far from the subject that he isn’t even visible. Often used as an establishing shot. 

Wide Shot 

The subject takes up the full frame, or at least as much as comfortably possible.

Mid Shot 

Shows some part of the subject in more detail while still giving an impression of the whole subject.

Medium Close Up

Half way between a MS and a CU.


10 mins.




3 : Locate the Mic

If they can’t hear you they will new understand.

5 mins.

4 : Lock the Wrist and Arm

We don’t want to make our audience feel sick.

1 min.

5 : Exposure Tricks

Lock the exposure and colour.

10 mins.

6 : Start where you want to finish

Planning your shot and ensure the correct exposure for the start of your shot.

10 mins.

7 : Always look at the camera

Audience engagement is critical.

10 mins.

8 : Story is king.

Build your story with all the elements you need – rememberer you can always capture them after – they don’t need to be in real time.

10 mins.

9 : Slide to reveal

Let’s use some fancy in-camera transitions to make our content engaging starting with the slide reveal.

10 mins.

10 : Panning and Tilting

Now let’s add some panning and tilting.

10 mins.

10 : Play Time

So now put all these skills into practice and make some engaging content.

10 mins.

Martin Ainsworth

Director of Media Ministries YFC

From a professional media background and joined YFC International in 2013 after engaging in a media project across Asia Pacific, seeing the desire within staff to engage at a professional level within their missional field. Now the Director of Media Ministries, his role is to create strategies and staff training programs that help engage in a digital mission field.