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Jeff Rhode

MMW 10: July 2011

Jeff Rhode has over 20 years of experience in photography. As a member of the award-winning photo staff at The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), he helped to develop the paper’s video department and played key roles in launching such projects as Ledger-Live, The Star-Ledger daily newscast. During that time Jeff was also the director of production for The Heart Gallery of NJ, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to putting a face on adoptable foster children in New Jersey, and videographer for Do1Thing.org, which raises awareness of the plight of homeless children in America. His work in video led him to invent three professional video camera accessories under the brand “The J-Rod”, which are currently available at B&H Photo, Adorama Photo, and several other retailers.

Jeff left The Star-Ledger in 2009 and now works at Holy Name Medical Center as a multimedia specialist and shoots freelance architectural photography and family journalism.

Jeff participated in the July 2011 MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop. He had the following to say about his experience:

The amount of resources that the MediaStorm team put into our workshop was amazing and impressive. A Director of Photography was available in the field, a Producer in the editing suite, an Associate Producer who helped with every detail, and an Executive Producer in the office for the final creative decisions. We worked long hours-a couple of 19 hour long work days-and the whole MediaStorm team was available all the time pushing us to do more and keeping us on track. Once the workshop was complete our project was still a rough edit, even with the long work days. We were assured that the final edit, color grading, sound polishing, and titling would be completed so we would have our finished video.

I procrastinated a long time prior to applying to MediaStorm, because there are a lot of other workshops available for less money. After experiencing the resources that were available to us during our week and the dedication of the staff I know I made the right decision. Their dedication and passion was inspiring and changed the way I see.

A Thousand More by Kristina Budelis, Piotr Malecki and Jeff Rhode

A family is determined to give their disabled son a whole and vital life. In the midst of a great burden, one small child – with a seemingly endless supply of love – is the blessing that holds a family together.