Mobile filmmaking: Learn to shoot cinematic videos with Andy To | Moment class


Shoot smooth, cinematic videos on your phone

  • Frame shots on your phone for a cinematic look
  • Make phone footage look professional
  • Identify key things to look for while shooting
  • Shoot and edit hyper lapses and seamless transitions

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What You’ll Learn

Andy will teach you how to shoot incredible films on your phone. He runs through his whole process, from how to compose and frame cinematic shots to properly executing the edit.

Learn to make videos like this 👇

Andy To is famous for blowing minds with what you can capture on your phone. His cinematic style is so unique that Apple often calls on him to show off what you can do with their new iPhones.

Now Andy wants to take you to Japan and teach you everything he has learned — from the gear he uses, the techniques he’s mastered, all the way to his editing workflow. At the end of this lesson, you’ll have practical skills that you can apply to make your videos look incredible. This lesson is broad to anyone learning how to shoot a smooth, cinematic video on your phone. Although he teaches this lesson entirely on his iPhone, many techniques apply to any camera.

Section 1

Introduction | Andy’s Story


We’re in Japan and kicking things off with Andy as he breaks down how he first got started shooting mobile video, why he loves shooting on a phone and how not having access to expensive camera gear can be a strength.

Gear & Pre Production


Andy dives into what gear he won’t travel without, including lenses, gimbals, and accessories. Also learn why he shoots mainly with the native camera app. Yeah, we were surprised too!

Section 3 part 2

On the Fly | Tokyo (3 parts)


Andy takes to the streets of Tokyo to give you an exclusive look at how he executes shooting a film on his phone. Andy walks you through the importance of shooting in sequences and finding dynamic shots.

Section 4 part 2

Shooting Hyperlapses and Transitions (2 parts)


Andy breaks down two key elements to his work — hyper lapses and transitions. You’ll watch over his shoulder as he shows you his technique and he’ll walk you through how to bring your scenes together.

Finding Character | Kyoto (4 parts)


A vital component of a great film is establishing characters. Andy showcases how he turns everyday strangers, animals or whatever he can find into mini-stories that seamlessly fit into his videos.

Section 6 gimbal

Gimbal Shooting Tips


Gimbals are an essential tool and it’s critical you know how to get the most of one. This section breaks down Andy’s favourite ways to shoot with a gimbal.

Section 7 part 1

Breaking Down the Edit (4 parts)


So you have amazing footage, now what? Andy dives deep into his editing process and how he turns raw clips into a beautiful story. You’ll also learn how to edit the hyper lapses and transitions Andy went over in segment 4.



Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to download the extras and practice those gimbal tricks! Now go make a killer video of your own.

Class Extras

Get more out of the lesson with Gimbal Tips, custom LUTs, and a Japan shooting guide.


5 Gimbal Tips

A gimbal is the perfect way to get smooth, cinematic results in your mobile filmmaking; and with Andy’s top 5 tips, you’ll be a master in no time.

Section 3 part 3

Custom LUTs

Andy built a custom LUT for colour-grading your iPhone footage; the quickest way to get his look. Moment built a custom LUT perfect for shooting in midday light; adding a subtle (and beautiful) film look to your footage.

Japan Shooting Guide

Japan Shooting Guide: A guide to the best places to shoot video (and photo) in Japan, including some of the best locations in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Meet Your Instructor

What’s up, I’m Andy. I grew up in East Oakland and have been making films ever since my grandfather introduced me to his Sony Hi-8 and the stories he would capture on his travels back to Saigon. Learning from his documentary style, I’ve learned to develop my own way of seeing, creating, and shooting. I’ve been fortunate to find my bliss in creating photos and video; which has given me opportunities to combine my passions for travel and mobile filmmaking into one. My approach is to keep it simple, using just my phone and a gimbal to capture the world around me. I can’t wait to show you my process.

A picture of Andy To in a city with the sun behind him