10 Ways to Rig Your Smartphone for Cinematic Shots

Boldly go where no smartphone has gone before with these 10 creative rigging ideas.

As more and more creatives jump on the smartphone filmmaking train, we're starting to see gear manufacturers enthusiastically responding to their burgeoning interest by creating new gear that will help them do what they do best. If you're new to the whole "I make movies on my phone" thing, first of all, I'm super jealous of you because it's cool now, and second, there are so many helpful little tools you can use these days for all types of different things, including one that is particularly important and often difficult: rigging.

In this video, Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens shares 10 clever ideas on how to mount your smartphone so you can capture shots from just about anywhere. Check it out below:

Morgan uses rigging equipment from 9.Solutions for each of his 10 setups. There are many individual pieces included in their quick mount system, including clamps, brackets, and a range of different kinds of mounts, which is kind of nice if you're looking for a one-stop-shop experience when acquiring gear. However, there are many other manufacturers that provide similarly priced equipment that you can use just as easily, like Manfrotto, Joby, and a host of others.

Here's a quick rundown of all of the different setups Morgan goes over in the video:

  • Inside a Car
  • Overhead
  • C-Pan Arm
  • Bike POV
  • Timelapse
  • Helmet Cam
  • Skateboard Cam
  • Hand Tool POV
  • Rig to Bottle
  • Backboard

And these are just random ideas to help get your creative juices flowing. If you've got a clamp with a smartphone grip, you can put that thing almost anywhere. If you decide to bolster your arsenal of equipment, maybe add a suction cup or even 9.Solutions' mini C-Arm (if you can afford to drop almost $700), then you'll be able to get a little more adventurous with where you decide to put your camera.

What kind of smartphone rigging equipment do you use? What are some useful DIY solutions for rigging smartphones? Let us know down in the comments below.     

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If you can afford a $1200 phone and another $1000 in accessories you can also afford a proper camera....just a thought

December 14, 2018 at 6:39AM


I got a big clamp from Home Depot for a buck, a 15 dollar magic arm with a cold shoe mount and a 30 dollar Joby Griptight Pro. The clamp had predrilled holes to mount the magic arm on it. I can use it like a little stabilizer or clamp it on whatever.

December 17, 2018 at 8:08AM

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