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April 03 2013


New from MediaStorm–480 Votes for Care

MediaStorm is pleased to announce 480 Votes, a new client project for CARE.

This project was produced in collaboration with Ripple Effect Images and support from the Harbers Family Foundation.

The project is a short, character-driven video piece that shows the life-changing impact CARE’s programs have had on the life of a woman in rural Peru. The piece extends beyond the surface of what the organization provided and speaks to the psychological effects of empowerment.

Project Synopsis: Lourdes Pilco is a middle-aged woman who’s spent most of her life working backbreaking jobs for little money. With the help of CARE, Lourdes was able to send her children to school while setting a new standard for women in her community.

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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.

September 04 2012


Worth Watching #88: DON’T WORRY, DRIVE ON: Fossil Fools & Fracking Lies

Great infographic about oil, featuring both well-designed arguments and dynamic transitions. – Joe Fuller.

DON’T WORRY, DRIVE ON: Fossil Fools & Fracking Lies from MONSTRO on Vimeo.

See other videos that we think are 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.

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.

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.


Discover a Bigger, Badder New York with Narratively

Discover Narratively

It’s no secret that New York is saturated with top-notch media outlets. But in such a fast-paced city, many of those outlets have no choice but to focus on the 24/7 cycle of breaking news, politics, entertainment and gossip. Countless blogs and websites repeat these stories over and over, but few have the time, resources or interest to undertake high-quality feature reporting. As a result, great human-interest pieces about New York are hard to find.

Narratively, a new digital publication, is here to change that by running the bigger, badder, weirder, sadder, uplifting and intoxicating stories about New York that average news headlines don’t cover.

Narratively is devoted to telling original, true and in-depth stories about New York, with plans to expand to other cities. It aims to slows down the news cycle. Each week, Narratively will explore a different theme about New York and publish a series of connected stories — just one a day — told in the most appropriate medium for each piece. One might feature a longform article with portrait photos on a Monday, followed by an animated documentary on Tuesday, then a photo essay, an audio piece or a short documentary film. Every story gets the space and time it needs to have an impact.

Narratively on Kickstarter

Narratively is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help them get their project off the ground.

Kickstarter donations will help their team create six months of compelling, innovative and important Narratively stories to kick off their publication.

They will also help complete development of the Narratively website and roll out their plan to become sustainable after their initial six months.

In their first week they are already more than 10 percent to their goal. Help them keep the momentum going!

Learn more about supporting Narratively.

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.

July 25 2012


April 12 2012


New Stories from the March 2012 MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop

We are pleased to launch two new stories produced in the March 2012 MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop.

From March 24-30, 2012 a team of journalists collaborated with MediaStorm at our workshop to create, Remember These Days and A Hundred Different Ways.

During the MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop participants work directly with MediaStorm staff to create an intimate, character-driven documentary in just one week.

Remember These Days image
For Walter Backerman, seltzer is more than a drink. It’s the embodiment of his family. As a third generation seltzer man, he follows the same route as his grandfather. But after 90 years of business, Walter may be the last seltzer man.
Watch it now.

A Hundred Different Ways
In 1987, Catherine Russell first stepped on stage in the play, Perfect Crime. Twenty-five years and only four missed performances later, she’s in The Guinness Book of World Records for the most performances by an actor in a single part.
Watch it now.

We are currently accepting applications for two upcoming MediaStorm Storytelling Workshops in 2012. Learn more and apply here.

  • July 28, 2012 – August 3, 2012 Application deadline: June 5
  • November 10, 2012 – November 16, 2012 Application deadline: September 12

Learn about other upcoming workshops and online training on our MediaStorm Training page.

June 01 2011


MediaStorm launches African Air by George Steinmetz

Flying in a motorized paraglider over one of the most diverse continents in the world, George Steinmetz captures the stunning beauty of Africa’s landscapes and people. His pictures, taken over 30 years, show not only the spectacular patterns of the land, but also the potential and hope that the continent encompasses.

Watch African Air.


Refugees United and MediaStorm launch “Lost and Found: The Story of Refugees United”

Refugees United commissioned MediaStorm to create a documentary that both told the story of Refugees United, as well as chronicled the lives of refugees that are currently separated from their family. They wanted to portray the universality of the issue that they deal with and show the heartache and struggle these people face as they are separated from and searching for their lost loved ones.

Following the lives of four refugees and how separation from loved ones has shaped their existence, “Lost and Found: The Story of Refugees United” is a journey into the hardships so many families must endure as they seek to reconnect.

December 08 2010


MediaStorm produces ‘How Will We Feed Them?’ for the International Fund for Agricultural Development

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) recently commissioned MediaStorm to create a compelling story titled “How Will We Feed Them” that would accompany their Rural Poverty Report 2011. MediaStorm sent producer Brad Horn to Madagascar to work with an IFAD-funded organization called the Rural Income Promotion Program.

How Will We Feed Them?

We need more food and we need it now. To meet the food needs of the 21st Century the nations of the world must make it easy to live and prosper and rural areas. Moravavy Seraphine and her daughter Maria are examples of what’s at stake.

See the Story: How Will We Feed Them?

December 01 2010


MediaStorm Multimedia Workshop launches new projects, Applications now open for 2011 Workshops

From November 13-19, 2010, we held our eighth MediaStorm Multimedia Workshop. Two teams of talented professionals, along with MediaStorm Producers Tim McLaughlin and Jennifer Redfearn, researched, reported, and produced the following projects:

Mr. Blues by Mariana Bazo, Benjamin Norman, and J. Pinkley
Samuel Hargress Jr. is the owner of Paris Blues bar in Harlem, New York. The bar attracts a cast of characters that could have come from Cheers, Harlem-style. While witnessing dramatic changes in the neighborhood, Sam created a timeless place where regulars dance in their godfather hats, snakeskin leather shoes, and 1940’s styled zoot suits.

Running with Scissors by Ricky John Molloy, Thomas Tolstrup and Nancy J. Haws
Brian Machon has been practicing his craft for over 20 years and has close relationships with his clients. When he narrowly escaped a heart attack, questions surrounding his life, and his real family were raised.

The MediaStorm Multimedia 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 three Multimedia Workshops in 2011:

  • March 5-11, 2011 – Application Deadline: Friday, January 7, 2011
  • July 23-29, 2011 – Application Deadline: Friday, May 27, 2011
  • November 12-18, 2011 – Application Deadline: Friday, September 16, 2011

For additional information, and to apply for future workshops, please visit our site.

July 01 2010


MediaStorm Contributor, Chad A. Stevens, fights to finish his film and save a mountain

The Coal War is the story of a symbol and a struggle: one mountain destined to be destroyed by the coal industry and a courageous effort to bring renewable energy to the heartland of America. MediaStorm Contributor and former Producer Chad A. Stevens has been working tirelessly for the last several years to document the fight going on near Coal River Mountain, and is looking for help to finish the film.

Visit The Coal War site to find out more about the film. You can also check out (and support, if you’re so inclined) their campaign for funding to finish the film on Kickstarter:

Chad’s work on the topic of mountaintop removal has also included Leveling Appalachia, a project for Yale Environment 360. Harvard’s Nieman Storyboard recently published a story on the project: Chad A. Stevens on choosing sides and choosing stories: two approaches to mountaintop removal mining

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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