Welcome to Robb Montgomery‘s gear list for mobile filmmaking and mobile journalism.

Swipe down and tour the various pro setups Robb uses to shoot his award-winning films.


Fundamentals: Stability, Smoothness, and Sound

Here’s an overview of how to choose the right gear for your setups. A tour of essential gear for smartphone cinematography.


The iPhone 11 Pro Max cinema rig

    • DJI Osmo tripod
    • Slik SBH 60 ball head mount
    • Sirui TY 50-x Arca swiss quick release plate and CP 20 mounting plate
    • SoundDevices MixPre-3 with SmallRig Arca type clamp and plate attached
    • Sennheiser AVX microphones
    • Shure MV88 microphone
    • Shoulderpod H1 and G1 grips

See it in action in the cinematic streets of Berlin in this video.


Here is a single mic right that is study and light — The Max Mojo Rig for covering events and Vox Pop interviews

MAX MOJO Broadcast Rig

  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Røde Reporter mic
  • Røde i-XLR digital audio interface
  • Camvate Aluminum handle grip
  • Shoulderpod G1 tripod mont adapter
  • K&M Desktop mic stand 23150
  • Ball head mount (with 3/8″ thread size on bottom)
  • Two Double male 1/4″ thread adapters
  • Two rubber grommets
  • Silicone strap to secure mic cable to grip

Gimbal filming

The original DJI Osmo mobile gimbal is a popular smartphone filming add-on and the  new version 3 model looks like it might even be a better fit for mobile video.

When pros make smartphone videos with motion shots, they want smooth tracking.

The original DJI Osmo mobile is a fave with my broadcast clients who pair it with the iPhone 6S+ model (The 4K model with a headphone/mic jack).

With the new model 3 Osmo gimbal, it may be possible to attach a mic to the Lightning port and still be able to stabilize. And the gimbal folds, so the future looks bright for lightweight, no-fuss gimbal work with smartphones. A key decider will be battery life.


No money
for a gimbal?

Then this simple rig will help you to record better quality video with your mobile phone.

In this setup, the cold shoe is used to hold a Røde mic.

 


Light ’em up!

For interviews you can also place an LED Light from Rotolight on top of the rig to illuminate a face.

Adding Shoulderpod parts to the basic rig above makes for a secure setup that is also nimble.

UK reporter Caroline Scott, doing a field interview at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia.

(Photos by French-Swiss mobile journalists, Perrine Millet and Julie Strellaa)


Digital microphones

The Sennheiser HandMic Digital is a great unit for live streaming video, but if you already own a great-sounding dynamic mic, check out this option.

Røde reporter mic with i-XLR, Shoulderpod grip, ManfrottoMT-Pixi-B tripod.

 

A lot of pros also like the Shure MV-88 digital condenser microphone.


It is a great choice for podcasts and, of course for the iPhone models that do not have a headphone/mic jack.

A 4K anamorphic cinema rig featuring an iPhone 6S+ in a Helium Core cage with a Moondog Labs lens. This is my Extreme #Mojotrek filming rig in action on a week-long trek hiking across the Alps.

Mobile filmmaking

The rig above is capable of producing commercial quality work and it is a very low cost way to get started making professional films.

It features an amazing anamorphic lens that allows you to capture scenes that look like this.

This rig films pro video at a native 2.39:1 aspect ratio – using the same technique that Hollywood filmmakers have used for decades.

Shown with Manfrotto mini tripod, the Moondog Labs ND filters and a Røde Videomic Pro  (Plus SC4 adapter cable!)


#Geartest video reviews

See the latest mobile filmmaking gear in this popular YouTube series of video demos, unboxings and reviews from the field.

The Basic kit to get started with mobile video.

DIY: Make a low cost professional video studio with smartphones.

3 Røde microphones tested for mobile video production

Mobile filmmaking with an anamorphic lens

The Sennheiser MKe2 ClipMic digital is a lav mic made for professional broadcasting.

A real dynamic reporter mic, plug and play gain control, headphone jack and digital sound fidelity is what Røde delivers in this kit.