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June 27 2013


Introducing the Newest MediaStorm Workshop: Editing Workflows

MediaStorm is proud to announce our newest workshop, Editing Workflows. This one day workshop is a deep dive into the 200-plus step workflow that MediaStorm producers use every day to organize and create our films.

Led by producers Eric Maierson and Tim McLaughlin, participants will learn the keys to organizing and working with large scale projects.

While some editing techniques will be discussed, this workshop is primarily focused on methodology. We’ll be sharing the editing workflow we’ve refined over 7 years to produce more than 200 projects.

This workshop uses Premiere Pro and Aperture, though the principles apply to Final Cut 7 as well.

Applications are now being accepted online.

Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, August 10, 2013 – Apply by July 10, 2013
  • Saturday, September 7, 2013 – Apply by August 7, 2013

Workshop Details

  • Tuition for selected participants is $500
  • Workshops will be held at MediaStorm’s office and will start at 10 am and end at 6 pm with an hour for lunch
  • Attendees are responsible for their own room and board during the workshop.

Topics covered include:

  • Creating paper and radio cuts
  • Efficient logging
  • Techniques for quickly locating b-roll
  • Syncing two camera interviews
  • Working with large picture archives
  • Exporting and encoding
  • Archiving

Workflow Resources


MediaStorm Guide to Copy and Pasting a Clip Range in Premiere Pro

This article is part of a new series of posts with tips and tricks from our producers’ experience working with Adobe Premiere Pro after years of working in Final Cut Pro. To read more about why we made the switch, check out this post.

Today’s post was written by MediaStorm producer Eric Maierson.

A neat new feature in Adobe Premiere Pro CC is the ability to copy and paste a range of clips (or one clip) without first having to use the Razor Tool (C).

To do this simply mark an In (I) and Out (O) on your timeline.

Then, Copy (Command-C) and Paste (Command-V).

Super easy, super helpful.

Note that if a clip is already selected, you’ll simply copy and paste whatever is highlighted, not the range indicated by in and out marks. Use Command-Shift-A to first deselect all clips.

To learn more about how our producers are using Adobe Premiere Pro see our other blog posts on the topic. Also, follow our producers’ twitter feed @PrProShortcuts for Premiere shortcuts.

To learn more about our production style, you can purchase a copy of our Post-production Workflow. Readers who purchase our current Final Cut Pro and Aperture workflow automatically receive the Premiere workflow when it is released.

MediaStorm offers several online and in-person training opportunities at mediastorm.com/train.

Have you made a recent switch in your editing software? Let us know about it in the comments below.

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June 14 2013


September 05 2012


Worth Watching #89: RENDER, RENDER

A great poem, with evocative kinetic animation – Eric Maierson.

RENDER, RENDER a poem by Thomas Lux from Motionpoems on Vimeo.

See other videos that we think are Worth Watching.

August 22 2012


Worth Watching #85: Games We Play

Fun video about playing games to make life more exciting. – Eric Maierson.

Games We Play by Follow the Foot on YouTube.

See other videos that we think are Worth Watching.

July 25 2012


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.”)


Eric Maierson speaking at Ohio University, May 5th


MediaStorm producer Eric Maierson will be speaking about multimedia production at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio on Wednesday May 5th at 8:00 p.m.

The event will take place at Mitchell Auditorium, Seigfred Hall on the 5th floor.

The talk is free and open to the public.

If you’re in the neighborhood, come by and say hello.

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.

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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