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Worth Watching #161: Verschleif

Who knew industrial sanders could be so beautiful. – Eric Maierson

Verschleif from Laurin Döpfner on Vimeo.

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MediaStorm Accepting Fall Internship Applications Through July 15th

We’re currently accepting applications for our Fall 2014 internship. If you’re motivated, highly organized, and passionate about multimedia, we’d love to hear from you. The internship generally runs from September to December, but start dates are flexible. We’re looking for applicants with experience in multimedia production, design, motion graphics, and/or web development. Internships are paid.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through our online application form. Applicants should be prepared to supply:

  • Links to pieces produced/collaborated on (please indicate role in each)
  • Available start/end dates
  • Hours/week available

Applications are due July 15, 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions

Trying to decide if you should apply? Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions we get from applicants.

What will I be doing as a Mediastorm intern?

This is a production internship. You will be working closely with the MediaStorm team to produce multimedia projects. This means full days in front of Premiere Pro, doing picture research, organizing images, transcribing, or doing whatever else needs to be done to complete a project. You will most likely not be gathering content or taking pictures as part of the internship.

We expect you to be proficient in an OSX operating environment and experience in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and Aperture will help immensely. Our interns don’t do anything we don’t do ourselves—if you’re a coffee drinker, we’d love for you to grab us a cup if you run out, but we’ll return the favor another day, we promise.

What skills do I need for a successful internship?

In general, applicants should have familiarity with the following (or comparable) skills:

  • Multimedia Producers: Premiere Pro, Photoshop and Aperture
  • Interactive Designers: Flash, After Effects, Motion, CSS, and XML PHP
  • Developers: programming languages and MySQL
  • Motion Graphics: typography, After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator; Premiere Pro and Cinema 4D a plus

See more on our Intern page.

What are the hours like?

We’re pretty flexible—a typical day is 10am-6pm, sometimes a little earlier, sometimes a little later. We work hard, but if you’re coming from out of town, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the city as well. Weekend work is rare (except during workshops).

Who will I be working with?

You’ll be working mostly with our producers, but depending on the internship, you may work with our interactive designers and developers. Either way, we’re a small team, so you’ll get to know the whole staff.

Who is this internship good for?

This is an advanced level internship. Applicants should feel comfortable in their skills as a photographer, producer, designer or developer and be looking for an opportunity to refine and advance those skills with an award-winning team.

Our interns must be self-motivated and proactive—we will work closely with you, but there will be times we’ll expect you to work on your own too.

When will I know if I’m chosen for the internship?

The application deadline for our Fall 2014 internship is July 15, 2014. We will be in touch with all qualified applicants by the end of August.

Ready to apply?

Applications are due July 15, 2014. All applications must be submitted through our online application form.

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New Features in Premiere Pro CC (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.

In June, Adobe released major updates across their Creative Cloud suite of applications, including Premiere Pro CC.

In the coming weeks, I will show you some of these great new features. First though, here are some highlights that are most exciting:

  • Browse After Effects projects in the Media Browser.
  • Audio pitch remains the same when you shuttle forwards and back.
  • The ability to select all tracks backwards.
  • Select multiple transitions and change their durations simultaneously.
  • Match Frame backwards, from the Source window to the Timeline.
  • Tag ‘favorites’ in the Media Browser.
  • Automatically back up autosave files to Adobe’s Creative Cloud.
  • All video and audio tracks can be locked with a keyboard shortcut.
  • A contextual export menu for items in the Project Panel.
  • Add a keyboard shortcut for the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog.
  • ‘fx’ badges on timeline tracks can be turned off in the timeline.
  • More than one keyboard command can be assigned to a command.
  • Nested folders are recognized on import.
  • Much faster searching in the Project Panel.
  • Volume of audio clips with keyframes can be nudged up and down with a keyboard shortcuts.

For a full list of new features, see the Adobe blog.

Also, check out Scott Simmons excellent roundup at provideocoalition.com.

Premiere Pro CC is a free upgrade for existing Creative Cloud users. Check your menubar icon for updates.

More to come!

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The One Thing

Editing is about making decisions, thousands and thousands of them. Everything from whether to use a one-frame audio dissolve that will ultimately go unnoticed to how to arrange the scenes of your story in order to create the most powerful dramatic arc—the kind of choice that will ultimately determine the success of your work. Decisions lead to other options which lead to other decisions and on and on, seemingly forever.

It’s easy to get lost in trying to predict how a single choice will affect the rest of your work when you arrive downstream. It can feel overwhelming. And Lord knows, I’ve done my share of fretting.

When I think about the work to be done on my current project, part of me wants to crawl under a bed with a bag of candy and a stack of comic books.

But I don’t because I have two weapons in that fight. I have a workflow and I have a strategy.

Each evening before I leave the office I ask myself, what is the one thing I need to do tomorrow?

I give myself reasonable goals—a scene, for instance—things I know that I can accomplish so that once I’m done, any time left feels like a bonus. The pressure is off and I feel free to play and experiment and have fun.

It’s so simple it almost seems dumb.

But here’s the catch: completing that one task keeps the fear away because I know that I’m always making progress. As Tim and I tell each other when a story feels too complicated to untangle, The only way out is through. One decision at a time, one scene at a time.

Determine the one thing you need to do today and do it.

And as the Zen masters used to say, “A movie of one hundred minutes begins with the first edit.”


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Deadline Approaching: Alexia Foundation 2014 Women’s Initiative Grant

From 7-9pm young women, ages 15 to 22, prepare for a night of work at the Violin Karaoke bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Their job is to sell drinks to customers who book the karaoke rooms; in the neighboring dance club, also part of the Violin, there are cocktail waitresses. However, many are also freelance sex workers or ‘bar girls’ who make their own arrangements with the customers for a ‘date.’ Most of the customers are asian; they are either Thai, Korean, Chinese, or Japanese. The Thai sex industry model is rapidly developing in the Cambodian capitol, Phnom Penh. Tim Matsui

The deadline to apply for the 2014 Women’s Initiative Grant is Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST. The grant will provide a $25,000 grant for a project to be produced on a significant issue involving and affecting women. Any photojournalist from anywhere in the world is eligible to submit a proposal.

For more information visit www.alexiafoundation.org.

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