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Congratulations to PDN and Rangefinder’s InMotion Honorees

PDN and Rangefinder identified 20 emerging artists to watch in film and video. The InMotion honorees are young artists that have been working at a professional level for five years or less and were nominated by respected industry creatives in commercial, editorial, documentary and wedding fields. There are a few familiar faces among them including MediaStorm’s director of photography Andrew Michael Ellis, Storytelling Workshop participant Gillian Laub and past interns Jon Kasbe and Maisie Crow.

Congratulations to our colleagues and friends! See their exceptional work here:

They Came At Night by Andrew Ellis

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MediaStorm Guide to Premiere Pro Search Bins

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

A great new feature in the most recent update to Premiere Pro (2014.1) is the ability to create search bins.

Search bins act like smart folders, allowing you to filter your assets for specific criterion. This is enormously helpful for locating similar items that are otherwise scattered across your project.

There are three ways to create a smart bin:

  • Click the search bin icon at the top of a Project Window

  • Right-Click in the Project window and select New Search Bin…
  • Select the menu File > Search Bin

You will then be presented with the Edit Search Bin window where you can enter your search criterion.
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Worth Watching #164: Extraordinary Human Beings in Slow Motion

Ben Garvin keeps innovating. – Brian Storm

Extraordinary Human Beings in Slow Motion at the Twin Cities Marathon Finish Line from Pioneer Press on YouTube.

See what else we think is Worth Watching.

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There’s Still Time: Apply For the October One Day MediaStorm Workshop

Spend the day with MediaStorm at our One Day Workshop on Saturday, October 25th, 2014. This workshop is perfect for anyone interested in multimedia storytelling, no experience is necessary. Participants spend the day with executive producer Brian Storm learning multimedia storytelling approaches and engaging in discussion about the most appropriate ways to create a multimedia story. When the day is done, you will leave with tips and techniques to help you improve the reporting, editing and distribution of your multimedia project.

Workshop Details

  • Tuition: $500 per person
  • Location: MediaStorm’s office in DUMBO, Brooklyn
  • Workshops start at 11 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. with an hour for lunch
  • For more information and testimonials from past participants visit the One Day MediaStorm Workshop page

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Talkin’ Rough Cut Blues

Currently, I’m smack in the middle of a long and complex rough cut. And that fills me with unease. I struggle to embrace the uncertainty of it all, even though I’ve been here before, literally a hundred times.

This is what I tell myself:

A rough cut is a sketch. It’s an early attempt to conceive the future. As such, it’s clunky, inelegant and mechanical.

The weakness of a rough cut is perhaps most evident in scene transitions: how you connect one section to the next.

If you’re like me, you feel a great urge to immediately fix these problems. One could spend hours trying to make them seamless. God knows, I want to.

Intellectually, I know that there’s no need to finesse these details when soon I’ll be rearranging whole sections. Or even deleting them altogether. It’s more important at this stage to just keep moving.

Emotionally, it’s much harder to let go.

I am reminded of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1968 film Sympathy for the Devil wherein we see the Rolling Stones write the eponymous song. The group modifies as they go, transforming a standard mid-tempo rock song to slow blues and ultimately to the rhythmic version that we know today.

Here is the true power of detaching from early results. (Plus, a lot of crazy-talented musicians.)

So in the end, I try to remember this: your value as an editor, or any kind of artist, is not based on the quality of a first attempt. Revision is not just part of the process, it is the process.

Naissance de “Sympathy for the devil ” (one+one… by cinocheproduction


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