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MediaStorm Field Guide

to Powerful Multimedia Storytelling

Choose the right gear. Interview with confidence. Create impactful stories.

Purchase on iTunes

The MediaStorm Field Guide to Powerful Multimedia Storytelling is now available on iTunes. Featuring interactive guides, photo galleries and videos from the MediaStorm Online Training series, the new iBook is the most comprehensive field guide we’ve produced to date.

The MediaStorm Field Guide outlines fundamental concepts for gathering multimedia content in the field for documentary films. The guide is based on MediaStorm’s years of experience shooting and producing award-winning projects.

The guide serves as a quick reference for important concepts, from picking appropriate gear, to setting up audio correctly, to shooting b-roll and backing up media.

Additionally, each chapter’s most important points are conveniently repurposed into a series of checklists to make it easy to remember best practices even when on the go.

Featuring in-depth explanations of key concepts and video examples from the MediaStorm Online Training series and the MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop, the MediaStorm Field Guide to Powerful Multimedia Storytelling is a handy companion for professionals and students alike.

PURCHASE ON ITUNES Available for iPad | $9.99

Chapter Breakdown

1. Gear
Provides a list of essential gear to bring to the field, plus an interactive gear guide and discussion with director of photography Rick Gershon about his kit.

2. Finding the Story
Discusses the keys to finding good characters.

3. The Video Interview
Explains how to visually compose the interview, set up audio and lighting equipment, and details best practices for conducting an interview.

4. B-roll
Outlines shooting techniques used to create good b-roll, including how to sequence and shoot for continuity, and tips for shooting on and off tripod.

5. Stills for Multimedia
Explains how to shoot stills for a multimedia piece, including how to shoot good portraits, details and sequences.

6. Audio
Shows the basics of capturing good audio, including avoiding common problems like plosives and detailing the importance of ambient audio.

7. Organizing for the Edit
Explains how to organize and backup media in the field.

8. Checklists
Provides checklists with key points from each chapter to make it easy to remember best practices even when on the go.


“If I could have one single text for teaching video storytelling, it would be the MediaStorm Field Guide. It’s easy to use (mobile friendly and accessible in the field), and most importantly, easily digestible. Students just learning video storytelling are often overwhelmed with too much information about camera settings, editing software and story concepts. Of all the different text books, manuals, handouts and online tutorials, the MediaStorm Field Guide is the one that majority of students actually watch and absorb. The interactivity and ‘tell, then show’ approach simplifies the fundamentals and gets the whole class up to speed quickly to start building their own video narratives.”

Gary W. Green, Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Journalism