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Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective Seeking New Members

The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective (BFC), a tight-knit community of professional filmmakers in Brooklyn, is currently seeking new members. Centering around weekly peer workshops with a small group of filmmakers, BFC members present their work- which can range from documentaries, narratives, experimental films and hybrids- discuss issues and ideas related to their project, and receive feedback and discussion around production, funding, and distribution strategies with other group members. Periodically, the BFC also invites guest filmmakers and industry representatives to share their experiences and engage with members’ work.

This coming season meetings will be held at Union Docs in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Tuesday evenings.  The BFC application is due by Thursday, August 21st, 2014.

If you have any questions, please reach out to info@brooklynfilmmakerscollective.com.

About the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective

The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective is a tight-knit community of professional filmmakers in Brooklyn, NY who are dedicated to innovative approaches to filmmaking. The collective comes together through weekly peer workshops to provide sustained feedback and critiques throughout the life of its members’ projects. It is the mission of the BFC to inspire groundbreaking films and maximize exposure of the best work from Brooklyn-based filmmakers.

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Bring MediaStorm Into Your Classroom

School will soon be in session and we want to go back to class with you. Last year, we launched our Educational Program, offering discounted Online Training subscriptions to students and instructors at accredited universities. Since then, journalism and multimedia programs around the country have made MediaStorm Online Training a part of their teaching strategy.

In addition to full access to our library of training videos, we’ve added a complimentary companion curriculum for educators featuring quizzes and assignments developed by Beatriz Wallace of Duquesne University and Steve Rice at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Wallace had this to say about her experience using our Online Training in the classroom:

MediaStorm Online Training captures students with seductive, rebellious and non-judgmental enthusiasm and faith in the possibilities of storytelling. The training videos drive the curriculum, assignments and final products.

MediaStorm’s training videos constitute clear directives that prepare students for in-class assignments, editing, production and publication. Students watch video modules for homework: Reporting (Audio, Stills and Motion), Post-Production and The Making of a Thousand More. They complete quizzes on each segment and receive checklists that match the training videos to structure their field workflows. And I get to spend three hours per week learning from and building relationships with students in class. We execute structured assignments that practice skills covered in the training videos.

Sign Up Today

You can get MediaStorm in your classroom in just three steps:

  1. Educators at accredited universities contact us to sign up for the Educational Program. Free two-week trial accounts are granted to eligible college professors and administrators.
  2. Eligible educators will receive an educator’s account at no charge and discount codes to securely distribute to their students. All educational accounts grant access to our entire collection of training videos plus any new videos released while the account is active.
  3. Students activate their accounts on their own, paying just $40 for the semester via PayPal or credit card. (A significant discount off of the standard retail price of $199.99.)

Interested in becoming part of the program? Contact us today.

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Worth Watching #163: Enter Pyongyang

Crazy, seemingly impossible speed tricks. – Eric Maierson

Enter Pyongyang from JT Singh on Vimeo.

See what else we think is Worth Watching.

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MediaStorm Guide to Nudging Audio in Premiere Pro 2014

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 quick way to change your audio levels in Premiere Pro is to select a clip in the timeline and use the closed bracket ( ] ) to raise the volume or the open bracket ( [ ) to lower it.

You can easily alter a group of clips this way by simply lassoing them first.

Unfortunately, this method does not work in Premiere Pro CC if any of the audio contained key frames. This was a real limitation.

Thankfully, with the introduction of Premiere Pro 2014, you can now nudge key-framed audio with a user-defined shortcut key.

From the Premiere Pro menu select Keyboard Shortcuts… (Option-Command-K)

Search for nudge.

At MediaStorm we use Control-Command-] (closed bracket) to nudge the volume +1db and Control-Command-[ (open bracket) to nudge the volume –1db.

Now when you use the nudge shortcuts, your key-framed audio will increase or decrease 1db relative to its starting volume.

Very handy.

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MediaStorm Guide to Adding Effects to Master Clips in Premiere Pro

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.

In previous versions of Adobe Premiere Pro CC if you wanted to apply an effect to an entire clip it was necessary to do this before you began to edit. Once you cut the clip into smaller pieces in your timeline, you’d have to apply the effect to each individual instance.

For example, say you had a fine cut and you wanted to color correct your main interview. In Premiere Pro CC, you’d apply color correction effects to the first instance of the clip in your timeline, then copy and paste attributes (Command-Option-V) to the next clip and so on throughout the entire edit.

The latest update, Premiere Pro 2014, changes this and makes adding effects to an entire clip effects far easier and faster.

Here’s how:

In the timeline place the playhead over an interview shot you’d like to tone. Make sure the interview is not covered by any other video layer.

Press F and the clip will load in the Source window.

Drag Effects> RGB Curves–or your tool of choice–onto the Source window.

Now, undock the Effects Control window and make your corrections. Changes will appear in the Program window.

When you are done, return to the timeline and you’ll see that every instance of the master clip has been changed in your sequence as well.

A great time saver.


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