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May 10 2013


Worth Watching #113: Everyday

What would you do with an extra day in the week? – Brian Storm

EVERYDAY from Gustav Johansson on Vimeo.

See what else we think is Worth Watching.

August 30 2012


Worth Watching #87: AFTER THE FALL

Powerful storytelling from Matt Black in partnership with Orion Magazine and Daylight Magazine. – Brian Storm.

AFTER THE FALL from Matt Black Photography on Vimeo.

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August 13 2012


Worth Watching #84: Errol Morris ESPN Team Spirit Film

It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports. Errol Morris, the master of recreation, tackles the fanatical fan’s last wishes. – Brian Storm

Errol Morris ESPN Team Spirit Film by Erros Morris and ESPN on YouTube.

See other videos that we think are Worth Watching.

August 10 2012


August 01 2012


Worth Watching #80: One Morning at Home with John Irving

Great insight from Irving and lovely visuals from Shaul Schwarz and Jeff Hutchens – Brian Storm

One Morning at Home with John Irving by Shaul Schwarz on TIMELightbox.

See other videos that we think are Worth Watching.

April 24 2012


A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan Receives Media for Liberty Award

A Darkness Visible PosterLiberty Media Corporation honored A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan by VII Photographer Seamus Murphy and MediaStorm last week as the winner of its 2012 Media for Liberty Award.

The 2012 Media for Liberty Award acknowledges and encourages media contributions that explore the relationship between economic and political liberty. The winning entry is selected by a panel of judges and receives an award of $50,000.

Brian Storm and Seamus Murphy accept Liberty Media Award

Brian Storm (left) and Seamus Murphy (right) accept Media for Liberty Award from John Malone.

A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan is based on 14 trips to Afghanistan between 1994 and 2010 by internationally-recognized photojournalist Seamus Murphy. As he chronicles Afghans caught in political turmoil, he highlights their often-overlooked desire for self-determination.

John McCain, Brian Storm and Seamus Murphy

Brian Storm and Seamus Murphy meet US Senator John McCain.

“This film puts the relationship between political struggles and economic hardships into clear focus,” said John Malone, chairman of Liberty Media. “In addition to being topical, it sheds light on history that even today is under-appreciated, and we are pleased to honor Seamus Murphy and MediaStorm.”

A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan was honored at an evening reception at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by Liberty Media and emceed by Tucker Carlson, a contributor to FOX News, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Caller news site and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

Seamus Murphy and Brian Storm at awards reception.

Seamus Murphy and Brian Storm at awards reception.

Earlier this year, A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan was also awarded the Picture of the Year International Award of Excellence for Long Form Documentary.

April 20 2012


Upcoming MediaStorm Workshops

MediaStorm is offering several storytelling workshops this spring and summer.

MediaStorm One-day Workshop
April 28 and April 30
MediaStorm is holding two upcoming one-day workshops on April 28 and April 30. Both workshops will be held in Brooklyn NY and taught by MediaStorm Founder Brian Storm.

The One-day MediaStorm Workshop provides an overview of multimedia storytelling approaches while engaging participants in discussion about the most appropriate ways to create a multimedia story. Through real world examples, Brian will share tips and techniques to improve reporting, editing and distributing your multimedia project.

MediaStorm One Day Workshop Logo

Mediastorm One Day Workshop logo

MediaStorm Methodology Workshop
June 18-22, 2012
Apply by May 18, 2012
The MediaStorm Methodology Workshop is designed for educators looking to create curricula based on our approach, for organizational leaders tasked with creating and leading multimedia departments, and for professionals looking to start their own media company or integrate MediaStorm concepts into their organizations.

methodology workshop

MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop
July 28 – August 3, 2012
Apply by June 5
The MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop in New York City is an intensive, hands-on, collaborative experience in advanced multimedia storytelling.

A Unique Approach
The primary goal of the MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop is to create an intimate, character-driven documentary that is ready for publication. Participants will work directly with two MediaStorm producers, in the field and in the editing suite, as part of a crew dedicated to telling a story. Participants will create their stories under the direction of MediaStorm producers in a collaborative, educational and hands-on environment.

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MediaStorm offers in-person and online training opportunities for storytelling professionals at all levels. Learn more about upcoming MediaStorm workshops and online training at mediastorm.com/train.

March 05 2011


September 07 2010


MediaStorm-Reuters collaboration recognized at 2010 FRANCE24-RFI Web Documentary Awards

The 2010 FRANCE24-RFI Web Documentary Award jury met last week in Perpignan, France at the 22nd International Photojournalism Festival, Visa pour l’Image, and gave special distinction recognition to Times of Crisis, an interactive Web site produced by Jassim Ahmad and Ayperi Karabuda of Reuters, in association with MediaStorm. The Executive Producer was Brian Storm.

Times of Crisis follows the success of Bearing Witness, which was the first collaboration between MediaStorm and Reuters in 2008.

August 19 2010


Brian Storm to give MediaStorm overview and screen projects at Visa pour l’Image

If you’re heading to Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, France this year, Brian Storm will be giving two multimedia presentations:

Multimedia Storytelling @ MediaStorm
Thursday, September 2, 2010, from 3-5 pm, at Palais des Congres
The digital age is giving photojournalists extraordinary new ways to report and distribute stories. We have a greater level of authorship and an unprecedented opportunity to reach a global audience. How can the long-form, in-depth visual storyteller satisfy both their journalistic and financial needs in this environment?

Join Brian Storm, Founder and Executive Producer of MediaStorm, to see how some of the top photojournalists have redefined their storytelling capabilities to include audio and video reporting and an eye toward publication in multiple media.

Multimedia Projects by MediaStorm
Friday, September 3, 2010, from 10-2pm, at Caserne Gallieni
Multiple projects will be screened. Walter Astrada’s project about violence against women in India will be shown for the first time at 11am and Walter will be there to answer questions. This project was made possible by The Alexia Foundation.

Safe travels to all attending the festival this year.

May 04 2010


MediaStorm’s Driftless: Stories from Iowa by Danny Wilcox Frazier wins Webby Award for Best Editing/Online Film and Video

The 14th Annual Webby Awards today named MediaStorm’s Driftless: Stories from Iowa by Danny Wilcox Frazier as the winner in the Best Editing/Online Film and Video Category.

MediaStorm will be honored at a star-studded ceremony hosted by B.J. Novak of NBC’s “The Office” on June 14th in New York City. On June 15th, fans will be able to watch the ceremony at the official Webby Awards YouTube Channel. A full list of both Webby Awards and People’s Voice Awards winners can be found here.

winner_black_thumbHailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile websites. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy whose members include Martha Stewart, R/GA’s Chief Bob Greenberg, David Bowie, Arianna Huffington and Twitter’s Biz Stone.

“The Webby Awards honors the very best of the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “MediaStorm’s achievement is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”

The 14th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states.

Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous five-word speech limit. Past Webby Award winners — and their speeches — include Al Gore (”Please don’t recount this vote”), Beastie Boys (”Can anyone fix my computer?”), and Stephen Colbert (”Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.”)

April 06 2010


Check out the future of photography: The current issue of Nieman Reports

Written journalism isn’t the only form being radically transformed by technology. Sure, the Internet may have eliminated the monopoly that the Gotham Morning News enjoyed, and any web page could be one link away from the attention of millions. But photojournalism is also having both its distribution model and its production model changed. The old client news organizations aren’t paying any more (at least not as much). The price of quality cameras has dropped so much that a skill-less amateur can, almost by accident, create a great shot. And a good photo gets spread around the Internet so quickly that maintaining ownership — and the money that comes with it — can be almost impossible.

Those issues are some of the ones that the current issue of Nieman Reports wrestles with. Where is photojournalism headed? Is it into a headlong embrace of new technologies? Toward a business model that can sustain professional work? Or toward a model in which an army of cameraphones are good enough? As Nieman Reports editor Melissa Ludtke puts it in her intro to the issue:

Photojournalism’s destination and audience, once pre-ordained by the news organizations that paid the cost of doing business, are now in flux. Digital possibilities are limitless, but what is now required of photojournalists are an entrepreneurial mindset and a facility with digital tools. On the Web, photographs now act as gateways to information and context, to stories told by participants and conversations held by viewers.

Here are some of the stories Lab readers will be interested in:

— Ed Kashi writes about shifting to multimedia in the age of declining traditional media.

— Brian Storm talks with Melissa about the new digital distribution model for photography.

— VII’s Stephen Mayes talks about the shifting roles of photo agencies.

— Ian Ginsberg compares photojournalism’s changes to those of the music industry.

— Turi Munthe explains the digital wire service they’ve built at Demotix.

The entire issue is worth your time.

March 23 2010


New MediaStorm Advanced Multimedia Workshop Projects Launched, Additional Workshop Dates Added

From March 6-12, 2010, we held our sixth MediaStorm Advanced Multimedia Reporting Workshop. Three teams of talented professionals, along with MediaStorm Producer Eric Maierson and guest producers Scott Anger and Rick Gershon, conceived, reported, and produced the following projects:

Take Care by Gillian Laub, Henrik Björnsson, Elena Ghanotakis, and Laura Varma
Virginia Gandee’s brilliant red hair and dozen tattoos belie the reality of this 22-year-old’s life. Inside her family’s Staten Island trailer her caregiving goes far beyond the love she has for her daughter.

Close to Home by Mary Beth Meehan, Michele Asselin and Maria Finitzo
Roxanne Pickering is a Brooklyn resident bound by family and economics to live near the Gowanus Canal, a polluted waterway recently declared an EPA superfund site.

Johnnie Footman: New York City’s 90-year-old Cabbie by Jan Johannessen and Charlotte Oestervang
Johnnie Footman, 90, may be the oldest cabbie in New York City. His age limits his time in the cab, but he remains young at heart carrying a cigar in his mouth, a fake spider around his neck, and a cap reading: “Old Dude made of Achey Breaky Parts.”

The MediaStorm Advanced Multimedia Reporting Workshops in New York City are intensive, hands-on educational experiences in advanced multimedia storytelling.

Over the course of a week, participants work in three-person teams, reporting and editing in collaboration with a seasoned multimedia professional to produce a multimedia project for distribution across multiple platforms.

We will be holding two more Advanced Multimedia Reporting Workshops in 2010:

  • Workshop Seven: July 17-23, 2010 – Application Deadline: Monday May 3, 2010
  • Workshop Eight: November 6-12, 2010 – Application Deadline: Monday September 13, 2010

Go here for additional information on the workshops, and to apply.

March 05 2010


Brian Storm to give keynote address at ASPP “Reinvention Weekend”

Boston2The American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) and the Picture Archive Council of America (PACA) invite you to Reinvent, Reimagine and Reinvigorate your career or your approach to the photography business at their “Reinvention Weekend” April 15th – 18th in Boston.

Keynote speaker, Brian Storm of MediaStorm, will join an incredible line up of speakers: Rick Smolan/Against All Odds, Ilise Benun of marketing-mentor.com, Allen Murabayashi of PhotoShelter, Caitlin Jewell of Silverscape, Nancy Andrews/Detroit Free Press, Lou Jones, Ian Ginsberg of VII Agency, Dane Howard of vuvox.com and others. Click on the links at www.aspp.com to read about our speakers and sessions.

The registration fees for this 3-day event is only $495 for ASPP and PACA members, and $590 for sister organizations. You can now register at the ASPP site.

A one-day Trade Show will be the kick-off event on Thursday 15th, and display tables are still available for $150. During Trade Show hours on Thursday, PACA is providing a demonstration of their newly launched pacaSearch. This mega meta-search engine is setting a new standard for stock image searching. The event will be open to the public too, so a great opportunity to showcase your products and services to a local audience as well as attendees. To register for the Trade Show, go here.

The Omni Parker House Hotel is in downtown Boston, and is offering us a special room rate of $199, from April 12 – 18. Click here to book your room at the hotel.

If you sign up for the Reinvention Weekend before March 15th you will be eligible for a drawing for a complimentary 12-month membership in ASPP (or extension of your existing membership). In addition, for all attendees, ADBASE will be raffling off an amazing annual regional subscription to ADBASE, with a value of $695.00. This raffle will take place on Friday morning, but you have to be present to win.

January 29 2010


ASPP “Reinvention Weekend” to be held April 15-18, 2010, in Boston, MA – Registration open now

Screen shot 2010-01-29 at 12.26.18 PMThe American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) and the Picture Archive Council of America (PACA) invite you to come to Boston for an exciting “Reinvention Weekend” April 15th – 18th. The entire conference is geared to Reinvent, Reimagine and Reinvigorate your career or your approach to the photography business.

The conference begins on Thursday April 15th with a one day trade show (tables still available), and then will continue with 2 days of great sessions. Brian Storm is the keynote speaker and will also join a panel to discuss thought-provoking insights into the new paradigms for our industry. Be inspired by thought leaders, story-tellers, and community service activists. Lend your voice to the critical discussions between the different segments of our industry. Learn from the experts how to use social media and web tools to enhance your business. Even receive free career make-over sessions.

Speakers will include Rick Smolan, Ilise Benun of marketing-mentor.com, Allen Murabayashi and Andrew Fingerman of PhotoShelter, Caitlin Jewell of Silverscape, Nancy Andrews of Detroit Free Press, Ian Ginsberg of VII Agency, Lou Jones and others. Program details are available at the ASPP site.

PACA is our conference partner in Boston. During Trade Show hours on Thursday, PACA is providing a demonstration of their newly launched pacaSearch. This mega meta-search engine is setting a new standard for stock image searching.

The registration fees for this 3-day event is only $495 for ASPP* and PACA members, and $590 for sister organizations. Registration is open, so mark your calendar and start making your plans to be there now! For sponsorship opportunities, contact cathy@aspp.com

The weekend will take place at the beautiful and historic Omni Parker House Hotel in downtown Boston. We have arranged a special room rate of $199 per night (not including taxes) for all Conference attendees from April 12 through April 18. Please visit their site for immediate online reservations. But hurry! The cut-off date for accepting reservations into our room block is Thursday, March 25, 2010.

For more information contact Cathy Sachs, Executive Director, ASPP.

January 05 2010


The Kalish now accepting applications for 2010 – deadline May 15

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Can you work hard and have fun at the same time? Are you looking for a workshop you can afford? Would you like to work elbow to-elbow with some of the best visual editors in the country? Can you bowl? The 2010 Kalish is open for business and accepting applications for the 21st edition of this venerable visual editing workshop. It’s an opportunity to learn cross-platform/multimedia skills from a faculty of Emmy and Pulitzer Prize winning visual editors. Brian Storm, Geri Migielicz, Sue Morrow, Randy Cox and Kenny Irby will be on the faculty this year along with other industry experts. The core faculty has worked together on this program for many years and most of them stay through the duration of the workshop providing ample time to answer your questions. Last year we closed registration at 30 people and attracted a diverse group of working professionals, students and professors from six countries. It was one of our most successful workshops and this year should be better.

The Kalish enjoys a great reputation industry wide and after much thought, and vigorous eye-brow raising, The Kalish board, with the support of the National Press Photographers Foundation, have decided to keep the registration fee for this year’s workshop at $500. It’s the lowest rate you’ll find for a workshop of this quality. You’ll receive four full days (June 4-8) of intense hands-on instruction in cross-platform visual storytelling.

The traditional Kalish values of ethical decision making in journalism and management remain. The workshop begins with a primer in FinalCutPro, progresses through picture selection, multiple picture editing and news judgment, to multimedia and management.

The days are long and packed with real-life decision making exercises in visual storytelling. You will be expected to make difficult decisions about visual storytelling and then defend them in front of the group. We work hard and then we play hard. Please ask any Kalish alum about their experience with us, they are our best references. You can hear testimonials and learn more about the workshop at www.kalishworkshop.org.

January 04 2010


Things We Love: Projects Worth Watching

All of us here at MediaStorm spend a lot of time looking for and talking about new stories, websites, and products that inspire us and help us to make better multimedia. We thought it would be fun to share some of our picks with you, with a little bit about why we liked the pieces, and get some ideas from everyone out there as well. We’re starting off today with some projects we’ve been watching over the last couple of weeks. They aren’t all new, it’s by no means a comprehensive list, but hopefully it will get a dialogue going. Happy New Year all!

50 People One Question Still Hoping The Insights of Angels

Fifty People One Question: To Wake Up
Sometimes it’s as simple as asking a really good question. – Brian Storm

Still Hoping by Luceo Images
The visual sophistication of Luceo Images meets the multimedia prowess of Syracuse University. – Brian Storm

The Insights of Angels by Liz O. Baylen
A beautiful story with words of wisdom from two young girls. – Brian Storm

No Mas Presents: Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No by James Blagden
The story is great and the low-fi animations are just magical. Reminds me of MAD magazine from the ’70s. Rumor has it for years after the ball clubs referred to Doc as Ellis, D. – Eric Maierson

Not Ready to Land
Terrific character, elegant coverage and post production. – Brian Storm

You Play to Win the Game by DJ Steve Porter
Brillant mashup from the popular NFL coaches beer commercials – Brian Storm

parkour motion reel
A new twist on animation. Makes me wish I had thought of it. – Eric Maierson

MSNBC.com’s The Year in Pictures: The Decade
No one does it better. – Brian Storm

Tribute to Jerry Uelsmann by Jason Bajada
Thinking outside the box before Photoshop – Brian Storm

That’s all for now, but we’re adding to our list for next time. We’d love to hear what you are watching and what inspires you!

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