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MediaStorm 2015 Workshop Dates Announced

July 2014 MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop Staff & Participants

2015 marks our eighth training year at MediaStorm. Each year our workshops attract leading industry professionals looking to advance their multimedia and storytelling skills. Over 100 participants have come through our professional workshops and we continue to be humbled by how much they take away from the experience.

Meredith Birkett, Senior Multimedia Editor at NBCNews.com, told us that our Methodology Workshop was “a creativity adrenaline shot for doing storytelling at the highest level and for the right reasons.”

After taking our Storytelling Workshop, Claire Molloy, a freelance documentary filmmaker and editor, had the following to say, “I was in awe by the detail and thought MediaStorm has put into their stories. During the workshop they broke down their methods and process. The team not only discussed their achievements but their failures as well. Showing us you learn a lot from your mistakes. This is a company that truly loves to teach and wants everyone to improve.”

In 2015 we’ll be offering three Methodology, two Storytelling, and six One-day workshops at our studio in Brooklyn, NY. We are looking forward to another exciting, innovative and challenging training year. We hope you’ll be able to join us.

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MediaStorm Welcomes Interactive Designer and Developer David Kofahl

MediaStorm is excited to announce that summer intern David Kofahl will permanently join our staff as an Interactive Designer and Developer.

David is a designer and programmer, who explores the intersection of technology and storytelling. Since joining the MediaStorm team in May, he has supported the web development team in revamping the MediaStorm Storytelling Platform.

For the past two years he has collaborated on America Recycled, an interactive documentary that traces unique and radical communities across the Southern United States. He is currently developing the web application for the film.

In 2009 he founded Studio Syndicate, a web firm focused on building digital interfaces for non-profit organizations. His work often extends beyond developing websites and includes designing print materials, writing grants, and consulting.

He earned a bachelors degree in Political Science at the University of Florida.


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Congratulations to the 2014 Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant Recipient

Photo by Mary F. Calvert

Today the Alexia Foundation announced the recipient of the 2014 Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant: Mary F. Calvert, an independent photojournalist based in the United States.

Calvert will receive the $25,000 grant for her project, “Missing in Action: Homeless Female Veterans.” Her work will focus on the Los Angeles region, where the largest concentration of homeless veterans live. She will examine the painfully slow response to this crisis by the beleaguered U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs as well as the organizations that attempt to help these women. Calvert’s aim is to put a human face on this neglected crisis by making compelling photographs of the women affected and allowing them to tell their stories in their own voices.

For more information on Calvert’s project and the Alexia Foundation’s mission to promote the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice visit AlexiaFoundation.org.


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MediaStorm Guide to Blurring Faces 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.

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MediaStorm Storytelling at Photoville 2014

Join our executive producer, Brian Storm, at Photoville 2014. On Saturday, September 20th, 2014 from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Brian will lead a presentation on digital storytelling and the cinematic narrative. Discussing work by MediaStorm, he will emphasize how storytelling continues to evolve as a result of technological innovations and an expanding media space. The digital age gives filmmakers, documentary photographers and photojournalists extraordinary and unprecedented new ways to tell stories.

This seminar does not require advanced signup, but seating is first come first serve so we highly recommend that you reserve your spot in advance!

About Photoville

Photoville returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park September 18th through 28th.  Combining photo exhibitions, outdoor photo installations, talks, workshops, and night-time multimedia projections, Photoville welcomed 58,000 visitors during its sophomore year in 2013 and is projected to reach over 80,000 visitors in 2014. Photoville will also coincide and partner with the DUMBO Arts Festival, The Brooklyn Brook Festival and the Atlantic Antic in Brooklyn!

For more information visit the Photoville website.


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