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A Decade of Learning – 10 Years at MediaStorm

Today I celebrate my 10 year anniversary at MediaStorm; ten years of working with some of the finest people in the industry.

To commemorate, here’s a list of ten things I’ve learned and relearned during the last decade.

  1. The only way to make a great film is to obsessively care about every single detail from inception through export.
  2. Not every project will be great but you can still do great work on every project.
  3. You can edit only one film: the one in front of you, not the one you wish for.
  4. Filmmaking is a collaborative art form. Work with people you respect, and equally important, people you like.
  5. Don’t wait until your deadline to ask for feedback. Get it many times along the way. Revision is not part of the process. It is the process.
  6. Creativity is not a limited resource. Giving freely replenishes the wellspring.
  7. By teaching others, you not only give back, you learn more about yourself.
  8. Remeber to go outside once in a while. Life can be captured on hard drives but it exists in resturants, parks, and among friends.
  9. Stay humble. It’s a small world.
  10. Finally, it is a gift and an honor to do this work every day. And for that, I am so grateful.

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Vox Media is Hiring: Shooter/Editor

 

Vox Media is seeking a Shooter/Editor to join the video team for Curbed.com.

The ideal candidates will have an eye for dynamic and innovative visual storytelling — in the field and in post. They’re passionate about short-form content, and want to have an impact in the digital space. They will be part of a hardworking, knowledgeable team and contribute to the video evolution of this brand. This position is staff (with great benefits), and is based in New York City.

Responsibilities include:

  • Shoot, edit, publish 1-10 minute videos about cool designs, places and people.
  • Work with the video team to create content in concert with the Editorial and Engagement teams.
  • Design and/or produce graphics under direction of Producer.
  • Publish and package content for multiple platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, etc).

Qualifications:

  • You think visually and always look for the most creative and unexpected ways to tell a story – both in the field and edit.
  • You can craft a good story in any situation.
  • You’re passionate about creating content that’s entertaining, surprising and even experimental, at times.
  • You have a sense of humor, and know how to draw out the witty, the charming, the clever, even the odd, and the best in people.
  • You are an ideas machine and never go for the obvious or cliché.
  • You consume digital content daily, and have favorite sites and people you follow.
  • You have 3-5+years of professional production experience OR proven interest in video making on a personal YouTube or Vimeo channel.
  • You are proficient in Adobe Premiere and Photoshop.
  • After Effects familiarity is a plus.
  • You’re comfortable shooting with Canon 5DMKIII and Canon Cinema line.
  • You’re excited to experiment with new technologies (e.g. drones, VR/360, etc.)
  • You’re able to juggle multiple projects while learning new skills in a busy work environment.
  • You love collaborating, are flexible and able to pivot and respond to change.
  • You have an interest in architecture, home design/DIY, creators, builders, artists and colorful characters.

Sound like you? Then drop us a resume and a cover letter to voxmediajobs@gmail.com. In your letter, please include links to your past work.

Working at Vox Media: This is a permanent, full-time position with excellent benefits—including flexible hours and generous parental leave. Vox Media provides comprehensive healthcare options for our employees and to ensure that our healthcare and other benefits are LGBTQ-inclusive. You’ll be joining a group of focused, hard-working, creative people who are passionate about doing work that’s challenging and fun—and who strive to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

About Vox Media: Vox Media is one of the fastest growing media companies today, combining smart content, technology, and distribution capabilities to connect with an audience of 170 million people each month who rely on us for a modern, intelligent take on the world. Vox Media is seven distinct media brands, each reaching young, affluent adult audiences: News (Vox.com), Technology and Lifestyle (The Verge), Sports (SB Nation), Gaming (Polygon), Food and Nightlife (Eater), Fashion and Shopping (Racked), and Real Estate and Architecture (Curbed).

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Announcing the Bob and Diane Fund for Visual Storytelling

The Bob and Diane Fund is a new grant making program that will support visual storytelling about Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The Fund’s founder, Gina Martin, says this about the Fund:

“Our vision is a world where Alzheimer’s disease is cured and millions of people are spared the cruel and painful experience of losing a loved one to this awful disease. As a daughter of Alzheimer’s, I believe that visual storytelling can be a powerful way to advocate for the increased public and private research and spending needed to find a cure.”

Each year, the Bob and Diane Fund will award $5,000 to a visual storyteller—still photography, video, and multimedia—for stories about Alzheimer’s or dementia. Submissions will be open from August 15 – October 15, 2016.

For more information, please visit www.bobanddianefund.org.

 

 

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MediaStorm Curates Final Evening of LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph

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MediaStorm curated an evening of compelling and innovative short films based on the Worth Watching series for the last evening of the 2016 LOOK3 Festival in Charlottesville, VA.

When curating our selections, we have tried to offer the audience both a geographical voyage and an emotional journey. The work we’re sharing will take you from China to San Francisco, from Mexico to Memphis, and from Chad to San Diego. You will laugh, raise your fist in solidarity and want to get your hiking gear ready for your next adventure.

For those of you that couldn’t join us at the live event, MediaStorm is excited to share with you a playlist including all of the films that were shown at the screening, as well as a few additional films that didn’t make it into the presentation due to time constraints.

LOOK3 is a photography festival, founded by former National Geographic photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols, which aspires to annually present diverse work by a variety of artists, while also creating immersive community events and developing educational initiatives.

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The War Comes Home – Coming to a Cinema Near You May 24

Tickets are on sale now for a special one-day screening on May 24 of The War Comes Home  at theaters across the country! Friends in New York, please join the MediaStorm team for the screening at Regal Cinema Union Square Stadium 14.

The event will include a conversation with a panel of experts in veteran’s affairs, members of the faith community, celebrity advocates and veterans who will talk about everything from post traumatic stress to the challenges of assimilating to civilian life.

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 The War Comes Home, a special collaboration with Starfish Media Group and Soledad O’Brien, focuses on the lives of two veterans who live on the brink of suicide as the result of post-traumatic stress. It chronicles the veterans as they battle with demons on a 5-day, program called Save a Warrior that uses meditation and team building exercises to help them heal. It first aired on CNN on August 12, 2014.

The panel following the screening includes actor and activist Milo Ventimiglia; David Chasteen, co-founder of IAVA; Christina Rivera from Team Rubicon; Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.) Dr. Loree K. Sutton; and Colonel Brian Rees, MD (Ret.), from the David Lynch Foundation. It will be moderated by Soledad O’Brien. The event will include one-on-one interviews with actor/director Peter Berg, and veteran and actor JR Martinez.

To buy tickets to a screening at your local cinema, please go to Fathomevents.com.

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