Welcome to Robb Montgomery‘s gear list for mobile filmmaking and mobile journalism.
Swipe down to tour the various pro setups Robb uses for his mobile journalism films and advises to clients.


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 mobile journalism and smartphone cinematography.

Mobile journalism kit that upgrades the production quality of smartphone video.

Here is the Gear list and a thumbnail gallery.


The iPhone 11 Pro Max cinema rig

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


Gimbal Filming

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

I have tried the various third-party gimbals that you can attach a smartphone to and have learned that the models that work the most naturally for me are the ones that also come with an integrated camera.

For example, I filmed the shots of the Award-winning film “Sophie Sutton” using the original Osmo + 4K camera. That model has been replaced by the much smaller and still capable Osmo Pocket.

Here is a complete gear list for an Osmo Pocket setup that will get you great results with your iPhone attached.

 


Light ’em up!

If you want more light than the Luxpad 22 can produce, try out the Neo 2 LED Light from Rotolight on top of the rig.

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


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.

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. Røde videoMic Pro is attached.

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

Here are more videos of mobile filmmaking gear: demos, unboxings and reviews from the field.

 

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.