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An update on “DRIFTLESS” by Danny Wilcox Frazier

Gabriel Stutzman

Gabriel Stutzman, the youngest of nine children raised by his Beachy Amish parents on the family’s farm, Kalona, 2003. From the book, Driftless, by Danny Wilcox Frazier

In 2009, MediaStorm published Danny’s epic project called Driftless. You can see the film at:

https://mediastorm.com/publication/driftless-stories-from-iowa

This month, Danny Wilcox Frazier joined Ziyah Gafic in conversation for a VII Insider Book Club discussion of Driftless. Danny was joined by special guest Gabriel Stutzman, one of the book’s subjects. This recording will be available here until February 6 to Freemium VII Insider subscribers. After that, it will be available to Premium subscribers along with all other VII Insider resources.

See the talk at:

https://viiphoto.com/resource/driftless-with-danny-wilcox-frazier/

In Driftless, Danny Wilcox Frazier’s dramatic black-and-white photographs portray a changing Midwest of vanishing towns and transformed landscapes. As rural economies fail, people and resources are migrating to the coasts and cities, as though the heart of America were being emptied. Frazier’s arresting photographs take us into Iowa’s abandoned places and illuminate the lives of those people who stay behind and continue to live there: young people at leisure, fishermen on the Mississippi, veterans on Memorial Day, Amish women playing cards, as well as more recent arrivals, Lubavitcher Hasidic Jews at prayer and Latinos at work in the fields. Frazier’s camera finds these newcomers while it also captures activities that seemingly have gone on forever: harvesting and hunting, celebrating and socializing, praying and surviving.

Poetic and dark but illuminated with flashes of insight, this collection of photographs is a portrait of contemporary rural Iowa, but it is also more than that. It shows what is happening in many rural and out-of-the-way communities all over the United States, where people find ways to get by in the wake of closing factories and the demise of family farms. Taken by a true insider who has lived in Iowa his entire life, Frazier’s photographs are rich in emotion and give expression to the hopes and desires of the people who remain, whose needs and wants are complicated by the economic realities remaking rural America. – Alexa Dilworth, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University

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International Finance Corporation Hiring Full Time Filmmaker

Most people have heard of the World Bank, but may not be familiar with IFC, the International Finance Corporation. As a member of the World Bank Group—and the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets—our work spans more than 100 countries.  We’re looking for someone to help tell our story creatively, making short films that offer viewers a glimpse into the many ways our projects and investments can improve lives.  These initiatives introduce solar power to poor communities, create gender-focused programs to help women join the work force, replace overflowing dumps with green energy-producing solutions, and effect change in many other ways.

Our approach is humble – we work in some of the poorest countries, among vulnerable communities, and there is a lot of work to be done. Our multimedia producers work with our clients to share their stories in a respectful, honest, authentic way. We are looking for someone who is a creative team player, curious about the world, sensitive enough to listen, and experienced in producing high-quality films. The application process closes December 17, 2020.

This is an opportunity to be based in DC, do some work here, but really get out and create films in developing countries.

https://worldbankgroup.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=10307&site=1

Via Julia Schmalz,  Multimedia Communications Officer

 

 

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First half of 2021 MediaStorm Master Classes Announced

Rosalind Fox Solomon

In these challenging and uncertain times, MediaStorm is committed to continuing our educational efforts in a safe and responsible manner. For the foreseeable future, we will be holding all master classes via Zoom video conference.

We are excited to announce dates for the first half of 2021 and are offering 50% off the following upcoming courses via video conference:

One Day Master Class:

• Online Video Conference: November 14, 2020
• Online Video Conference: January 23, 2021
• Online Video Conference: February 20, 2021
• Online Video Conference: March 20, 2021
• Online Video Conference: May 22, 2021

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Methodology Master Class:

• December 15-18, 2020 *Apply Now
• August 2-5, 2021 *Apply by June 22, 2021
• December 14-17, 2021 *Apply by Nov 1, 2021

Apply Now

 

 

Here’s what people say about our master classes:

“MediaStorm’s class broke down storytelling theory in a way that challenged me to think about my past projects and better prepared me for those that I am currently working on. Brian is a charismatic instructor who loves sharing the knowledge he has gathered with anyone willing to learn. His anecdotes and projects serve as his syllabus and he teaches with an authenticity that cannot be faked.”   McArdle Hankin, Co-Founder Back Pocket

“As a longtime reporter and editor looking to start a new media venture, I found Brian’s one-day master class both practical and inspirational. In an age of click-bait “journalism,” Brian’s unwavering commitment to quality storytelling resonated with me deeply, and has motivated me to keep pursuing my entrepreneurial journey.” Julie Makinen, JSK Stanford Fellow

“My week at the Methodology Workshop with Brian Storm and his team has been life changing. All of my questions about MediaStorm’s quality documentary filmmaking were answered as we went deeper than I expected into the storytelling secrets that make them who they are. Now the blanks are filled in, and I’m looking forward to increasing the quality of my own multimedia projects with renewed passion. Clearly compassion rules the way MediaStorm tells people’s stories, but they also make sure to get the stories in front of people who can benefit from them the most. Thank you Brian and all the team at MediaStorm for your inspiring generosity. I will make it count.” Carla Adelmann

MediaStorm’s Online Training

At MediaStorm we hold no secrets. We want to share our knowledge and tricks of the trade and want you to become the best storyteller possible.

Whether you are a student or a seasoned professional, MediaStorm’s online training provides essential tools and techniques proven to enhance your storytelling. Led by our award-winning team of producers, editors, and cinematographers, these modules offer a behind-the-scenes look at MediaStorm’s approach to making films.

Our online training program, which can be implemented as a complement to any filmmaking program, is now available for only $45. These online courses are usually priced at $199 but we want to make them more accessible at this time.

Educators get a free account if they assign the training to the students.

Wes Pope at the University Oregon used the training this semester and said:

“Whether you are just getting started, or have been producing video for some time, it is remarkable how much you will learn from these videos. I have reviewed dozens of textbooks and tutorials, and nothing else out there comes close. I recently used these as a required text in one of my graduate level video journalism courses. My students appreciated nitty gritty technical detail as well as the higher level insights into the creative process. Kudos and thank you to Brian and his team for taking the time to make these videos – and for sharing them at a very reasonable price.”

Tom Burton at Texas A&M University said:

“The online course has been great for my mobile multimedia students and is now a godsend as we have to move completely online at the last minute. Thanks for having this out there in the universe.”

We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities to further your education and provide world class online training to your students.

Watch it now

 

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Learn about MediaStorm’s new toolset

We have several upcoming events where you can learn more about MediaStorm’s new toolset and storytelling techniques.

Santa Cruz Works Clinic: Storytelling with the MediaStorm Platform

Thursday, October 15, 2020 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PDT

Join MediaStorm founder Brian Storm for a presentation about packaging video and interactive experiences online. Storm will showcase the MediaStorm Platform, a tool that enables storytellers to create and publish sophisticated digital packages using video, images, audio, maps, timelines, slideshows and other interactive components. He will detail his strategy for how independent publishers can take back control of their audience and create a sustainable publishing strategy.

Details at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scw-clinic-storytelling-with-the-mediastorm-platform-tickets-122169336775

2020 Digital Media Licensing Conference

Wednesday October 28, 2020 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT 

Join Brian Storm for a presentation of The MediaStorm Platform in a session titled Innovative Tool for Packaging, Monetizing and Distributing Media

MediaStorm has developed an innovative toolset for packaging, monetizing and distributing video and interactive experiences including slideshows, maps, timelines and charts. At this year’s Digital Media Licensing Conference, MediaStorm founder Brian Storm will tell the story of how the toolset was developed, what business, editorial and technological challenges it hopes to overcome and the opportunities it creates for the world’s top storytellers.

Details at: https://2020dmla.sched.com/event/eF6F/innovative-tool-for-packaging-monetizing-and-distributing-media

The event’s full schedule is at:  https://2020dmla.sched.com/

MediaStorm Master Classes

One Day Master Class

An intensive one day overview session with MediaStorm founder Brian Storm, focused on the art and business of digital storytelling.

Upcoming dates:

  • Online Video Conference: October 17, 2020 
  • Online Video Conference: November 14, 2020 
  • Online Video Conference: January 23, 2021 

Details at: https://mediastorm.com/train/workshop/one-day-workshop

Methodology

This course offers a unique window inside the workflow and methods of a successful digital production company, including discussion on storytelling techniques, as well as elements of project organization, new business practices, and distribution strategies.

Upcoming dates:

  • December 15 – 18, 2020

Details at: https://mediastorm.com/train/workshop/methodology

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Back to School with MediaStorm: Big discounts for Online Training and Master Classes

At MediaStorm we hold no secrets. We want to share our knowledge and tricks of the trade and want you to become the best storyteller possible.

Whether you are a student or a seasoned professional, MediaStorm’s online training provides essential tools and techniques proven to enhance your storytelling. Led by our award-winning team of producers, editors, and cinematographers, these modules offer a behind-the-scenes look at MediaStorm’s approach to making films.

Our online training program, which can be implemented as a complement to any filmmaking program, is now available for only $45. These online courses are usually priced at $199 but we want to make them more accessible at this time.

Educators get a free account if they assign the training to the students.

Wes Pope at the University Oregon used the training this semester and said:

“Whether you are just getting started, or have been producing video for some time, it is remarkable how much you will learn from these videos. I have reviewed dozens of textbooks and tutorials, and nothing else out there comes close. I recently used these as a required text in one of my graduate level video journalism courses. My students appreciated nitty gritty technical detail as well as the higher level insights into the creative process. Kudos and thank you to Brian and his team for taking the time to make these videos – and for sharing them at a very reasonable price.”

Tom Burton at Texas A&M University said:

“The online course has been great for my mobile multimedia students and is now a godsend as we have to move completely online at the last minute. Thanks for having this out there in the universe.”

We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities to further your education and provide world class online training to your students.

Watch it now

 

Rosalind Fox Solomon

In these challenging and uncertain times, MediaStorm is committed to continuing our educational efforts in a safe and responsible manner. For the foreseeable future, we will be holding all master classes via Zoom video conference. Zoom is an excellent (and free) platform for connecting and collaborating, and we hope that by using it, we can continue to provide you the support you need to keep creating.

Join us and the hundreds of people who have sat in our classrooms, online and in-person, to take the next step in your storytelling journey.  Here’s what people say about our master classes:

“MediaStorm’s class broke down storytelling theory in a way that challenged me to think about my past projects and better prepared me for those that I am currently working on. Brian is a charismatic instructor who loves sharing the knowledge he has gathered with anyone willing to learn. His anecdotes and projects serve as his syllabus and he teaches with an authenticity that cannot be faked.”   McArdle Hankin, Co-Founder Back Pocket

“As a longtime reporter and editor looking to start a new media venture, I found Brian’s one-day master class both practical and inspirational. In an age of click-bait “journalism,” Brian’s unwavering commitment to quality storytelling resonated with me deeply, and has motivated me to keep pursuing my entrepreneurial journey.” Julie Makinen, JSK Stanford Fellow

“My week at the Methodology Workshop with Brian Storm and his team has been life changing. All of my questions about MediaStorm’s quality documentary filmmaking were answered as we went deeper than I expected into the storytelling secrets that make them who they are. Now the blanks are filled in, and I’m looking forward to increasing the quality of my own multimedia projects with renewed passion. Clearly compassion rules the way MediaStorm tells people’s stories, but they also make sure to get the stories in front of people who can benefit from them the most. Thank you Brian and all the team at MediaStorm for your inspiring generosity. I will make it count.” Carla Adelmann

We are offering 50% off the following upcoming courses via video conference:

Thursday, August 27, 2020

One Day Master Class

Friday, September 25, 2020

One Day Master Class

Saturday, October 17, 2020

One Day Master Class

Saturday, November 14, 2020

One Day Master Class

December 17-20, 2020

Methodology Master Class

 

Apply Now

 

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