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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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MediaStorm Welcomes Editor and Producer Ligaiya Romero

MediaStorm is excited to announce that summer intern Ligaiya Romero will permanently join our staff as an editor and producer.

G. Ligaiya Romero is a visual journalist and documentary storyteller. Originally from New York, she graduated from UCLA with dual degrees in Film Production and International Development. She studied documentary photography and multimedia production at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Recently, she received her Master’s degree in Visual Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Roy H. Park fellow.

Ligaiya’s work has been recognized by the SXSW Interactive Awards, College Photographer of the Year, Photo District News, the National Press Photographers Association and the New York Photo Awards among others.

Her portfolio can be viewed at ligaiya.com.

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Inside Tracks Exhibit Opens at Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios

The Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios presents Inside Tracks: Behind the Lens on the Assignment of a Lifetime, an immersive display of the story of Rick Smolan, a photographer assigned by National Geographic in 1977 to document Robyn Davidson, a 27-year-old Australian woman who undertook a 1700-mile journey across the Outback by camelback.

The exhibit weaves together elements from Rick’s work for National Geographic and his own groundbreaking book/CD-ROM From Alice to Ocean as well as Davidson’s best-selling memoir Tracks and the recently released feature film based on the book.

MediaStorm’s documentary Inside Tracks will also be screened.

Event Details

  • When: October 3rd, 2014 – February 1st, 2015
  • Where: Skylight Studios in Los Angeles, California.
  • Features a documentary film, a high-definition slideshow of photographs, an audio tour narrated by Smolan and an augmented reality presentation allowing visitors to experience the journey through Smolan’s lens

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