Mobile Content Creation: Online

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School

About the Course

Create stories on the go! From the comfort of your keyboard, learn how to shoot and edit quality video with your iPhone, iPad or Android device in this five-week online course.


You will learn all the tips and tricks for professional standard framing, focus, sound, exposure, coverage, and editing - plus get a glimpse of the myriad of new accessories that are now available to complement this emerging style of filmmaking.

This course, with filmmaker and cinematographer Gareth Tillson, featuring video tutorials, weekly assignments and a weekly online chat session, where you will get real time feedback from the tutor. It is ideal for anyone who wants to make high standard video content on their mobile device, and it's been designed for people looking to study outside of office hours.

So whether you're a filmmaker, journalist, school teacher or blogger - whatever and wherever in the world you are - join us online for this new and exciting course.


“Everyone had individual attention from the tutor as well as being able to learn from the video/feedback of others … As a student from a regional area the online format enabled me to access a course that I would otherwise not have been able to do, as it would have cost me hundreds of dollars in travel and accommodation had I had to travel to Sydney for it. MORE courses like this please!”

“The idea of an online course with web discussions is great, as it increases accessibility of such courses to busy working people. I would not be able to attend an evening course otherwise. The course was well structured, and the educational videos were excellent.”

“The course was really good and I got a lot out of it. Gareth was a really enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher.”


This is an introductory course. You do not need any prior experience but you will need familiarity with your own mobile device's interface and operating system.


This course is taught in English, and is open to international students as well as those within Australia.


The course content includes video tutorials, weekly assignments, and a weekly online chat session every Thursday evening from 7.30 - 8.30pm AEST, where you will get real-time feedback from the tutor. Please note that the first chat session is designed as an introductory session for the students and tutor to meet each other and to iron out any possible connection issues.


One of AFTRS Open's most popular tutors, Gareth Tillson has pursued a career in cinematography since he saw the light during a shoot at New York Film Academy in 1998. Graduating from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (MA Cinematography) in 2004 with the AFTRS High Achievement in Cinematography Award, Gareth has since established himself as a freelance cinematographer in Sydney. He shoots shorts, docos, commercials and music clips. His debut feature as cinematographer, LBF, premiered at SxSW Film Festival in 2011 and has played at Perth Revelations and Sydney Film Festivals.


Your own mobile smart device, with a minimum of 8GB storage and most recent operating system installed.
To participate in this course you MUST also have an internet connection (broadband wired OR wireless 3G or 4G/LTE) and the ability to enable cookies within your web browser.

Mac Users: It is best to use Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox as your web browser.
PC Users: It is best to use Google Chrome or Explorer as your web browser.

The chat sessions use Zoom (video conferencing software), to which we provide a link for free download.

You must have the following to use Zoom:

  • An internet connection - broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers and a microphone - built in, USB, plug in or wireless Bluetooth
  • A webcam or HD webcam- built in, USB, plug in, or a HD camera or camcorder, with a video capture card

Have any questions? Please get in touch: or 1300 065 281


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