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MediaStorm One Day Master Class in Zurich, Switzerland on July 21, 2018

We are thrilled to be bringing our one day MediaStorm Master Class to the Zurich University of the Arts on Saturday, July 21, 2018. This free workshop will start at 10am and end at 6pm. It is being organized by Cast/Audiovisual Media (a unique field of studies in digital filmmaking at the university). 

The MediaStorm One Day Master Class provides a general, yet precise, overview of documentary video and multimedia storytelling approaches. MediaStorm founder Brian Storm will walk you through specific examples, and share his business experience, as well as proven tips to improve your interviewing, shooting and editing techniques.

Although this is not a hands-on workshop, active discussion is both encouraged and expected from all participants. Theory is backed up by real world examples using MediaStorm’s award winning work.

This Master Class  is designed for anyone interested in learning about the ins and outs of producing and distributing documentary video and multimedia content.

What You Will Learn

Narrative Storytelling

  • Developing the best approach for creating effective multimedia stories
  • Pre-production planning, finding the story’s focus and execution of those ideas and techniques

Reporting Approach

  • Using the best tools to get the story
  • When to use a still camera, when to use audio and/or video
  • How to ask questions and get to the heart of the story


  • Getting the most out of the reporter/editor relationship
  • Common issues and how to resolve them

Business Model

  • Collaborating with clients
  • Syndication models
  • Distribution of projects across various platforms

MediaStorm has been telling stories and building an-award winning business for over a decade and we want to share our lessons with you. Our immersive trainings have helped so many, from the most seasoned journalists and filmmakers, to those just entering the field.

2018 marks our 11th year of training at MediaStorm. Each year our courses attract leading industry professionals looking to advance their storytelling skills. Over 200 participants have come through our professional workshops and we continue to be humbled by how much they take away from the experience.

To reserve a spot in the workshop send an email to both leandro.russo@zhdk.ch and brian@mediastorm.com.

The workshop will take place at:

Zurich University of the Arts

Toni Areal

Kino Toni

Pfingstweidstrasse 96

8005 Zurich

(Tram 4, Stop “Toni Areal”)



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Honoring David Goldblatt

We are saddened to learn of the passing of David Goldblatt, legendary photographer and documentarian from South Africa. The images he took during apartheid captured, what he called, ‘the underbelly of apartheid’. For him, to know the values that underlaid the system were more important than covering the events of the day. His images gave the rest of the world a window into what it was like to live and work as a person of color in apartheid, and for that he will forever be remembered.

As a recipient of the 2013 Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center of Photography, we were honored to have the opportunity to create a film about his work. Please take a moment to watch the film to learn more about his incredible career. 

South Africa’s “Father of Photography”, Goldblatt played an important role mentoring  young photographers, including Zanele Muholi, winner of the 2016 ICP Infinity Award: Documentary & Photojournalism.

Our condolences go out to David Goldblatt’s family and all the photographers and concerned image-makers he influenced.


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Take a Stand to Protect Elephants

Our friend Ami Vitale has partnered with musician Dave Matthews on a campaign to protect elephants in East Africa, and we hope you can join them. Watch Ami’s film of Dave and his incredible song “Mother of Africa”, an homage to the first ever community-owned sanctuary, Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. 

Now, Dave is hosting a competition to build support for Reteti. Enter now for a chance to visit the sanctuary yourself at prizeo.com/elephants!

Well done to Ami, for once again, showing us the difference that film and photography can make!

(Photo courtesy of @AmiVitale)

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THREAD at Yale: Applications Now Open

Each year, THREAD at Yale convenes top nonfiction storytellers across print, video, radio, and other mediums on the Yale University campus to learn from one another and from masters in the field.

As the program enters its 4th year (June 10-13), it is looking for the best and brightest to continue building this program on storytelling in modern media. Yale is looking for writers, videographers, podcasters, and others they hope will apply, so please feel free to forward this to journalists and storytellers. Details on the application process are available here.

Apply now

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Sneak Preview of First Kitchen in San Francisco

Tickets now available here for the May 20th private world premiere screening of the documentary short Bloodline by award-winning director James Q. Chan. This is the launch event for the new food documentary series, First Kitchen, and includes a specially curated “street bites” appetizer menu by Chef Tu David Phu (Top Chef 152017 Chronicle Rising Star). Reception and street bites start at 5pm with the screening to follow at 6pm. 

The series, First Kitchen, will explore how “first experiences” with food shape our worldview, essentially tracking the evolution of “food consciousness” through a variety of personal stories. Through these stories, the producers hope to move beyond binary perspectives of surplus (i.e. chefs/eaters) and scarcity (i.e. starvation/hunger), to include a greater diversity of stories and voices in the discussion of how food influences and affects society.

This vision and mission are complementary and fundamentally rooted in food equity, as in order to address the various realities of food—from school lunches and food deserts to agriculture, famine and fine dining—we have to level the field of representation in food media. Food is a universal and unifying human need, we each have our own ideas that make us an expert on how it affects our lives, and everyone needs to be heard.

To watch the trailer for Bloodline, click here.


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