Making movies with smartphones

Filmmaker partners with LLBRV to present classes

Kristian Day, film and TV director, will lead a four-day workshop in Webster City on how to make cinema- style movies with a smartphone.

Day is partnering with nonprofit organization Legacy Learning Boone River Valley (LLBRV) to bring storytelling skills via film to the state. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3, 4, 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

“Be prepared to learn how to be your own archivist of your history. The focus will be on storytelling in a docustyle movie. You’ll learn how to tell your own family history through film. You may want to learn how to create a video for your business, your community or your children,” said Maureen Seamonds, President of Legacy Learning Boone River Valley.

There actually was a time before the internet. The people who hold that information are not getting any younger. Millennials, Generation x and Generation Y have the responsibility of making sure that history is captured, using the technology available. Participants will learn how to make your videos more cinematic as well.

“Iowa Filmmaking is work rooted in place and those roots are an asset. The filmmakers are building their industry in Iowa one small town at a time. They tell our stories, and this workshop adds the opportunity to tell your stories of your small towns as well,” said Day.

Preferred smartphones are iPhone, Google Pixel or Galaxy. Participants will need to bring your laptop to work on the footage. They will also be provided the instructions on how to do it all on your phone. Don’t forget phone chargers as well.

The workshops will be from 10 am to 3 pm each day with the first part of the day learning and watching. The second part of the day you’ll be making movies. There are applications you will need to download. You can find more information and register for the workshop at