Tar Sands Timmy

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The Crowd vs. Tarsands Mining in Canada

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How to Best Video on Your Phone Outside in the Field

13 March 2019

A quick How-To description of tips, suggestions to improve, and short video’s that you can watch to help you out with that initial jump-start into new video territory: to video or film outside, on your mobile phone, in the field.

Below you will find a few how-to-start tips and some online research, including the necessary materials (besides your mobile phone, of course). You will find suggestions of a few apps to help you produce your (short) video, how to decide on your audience, and how to add focus to your video and film work. Please remember: your own SAFETY goes above all other needs.

Good luck!

If you want to contribute your own work, check here for our Vloggers Page, where you can have your work product help others!

Materials you will require

  1. Mobile phone or camera: use the flight mode and there is also a cool app: FilmicPro that may be useful
  2. Tripod or selfie stick, to stabilize your film work (this is especially handy when you are filming by yourself)
  3. Rogue microphone for phone to reduce wind and other outside noises
  4. Data or wifi will be needed afterwards; and please do NOT forget to ask yourself this question: should you have your Locations Services on? This is a safety concern for yourself and others
  5. How to upload and transfer your work and finished product; you can use WeTransfer or YouTube, Vimeo for your channels to broadcast and/or link to a website


  • Determine the video’s duration time (1 minute v. 30 seconds v. 5 minutes: do think about the advantages & disadvantages of these different lengths for your audience and message)
  • Subject: what exactly are you trying to convey
  • Audience: to whom is your message directed
  • Suitable location and light: important to remember that a super-sunny day creates shadows on people’s faces, so overcast is nice
  • Permissions: make sure you have received everyone’s permission to broadcast; this is best confirmed via email or paper; in public spaces you may assume given consent

Finishing touches

You should always try to edit on your laptop. This will simplify much work and give you better imagery from which to work. Some of the recommended apps I found online are iMovie, VideoShack, Cannon, Rotate & Flip, FinalCut, or your own moviemaking capability located on your type of laptop, of course.

And check this link for editing on your phone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBAprmpq3tw

Sound design factors

This is the most popular songs and samples app at this time, Browser. If you want to add text, use Vont for cool additions.

Notes from online research

You can find a short 10 minute TechTalk film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpZvc8vtHvo

Or, for more information and background considerations, watch this  9 minute by Justin Brown:


And these 3 top tips for Cinematography with a mobile phone by Eric Thayne from Cinema Mastery are also on point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl7KuPwlPtQ

PLEASE NOTE: The Crowd Versus is not endorsing any specific brand or software. Please consider your own needs in your country and where you live, first. The tips and suggestions here are a sampling of research performed in Europe and will not reflect all possibilities available to you on the internet. And ABOVE ALL, watch out for your safety and well-being. We are not advocating that you perform any dangerous activities.