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MediaStorm Methodology Master Class

The MediaStorm Methodology Master Class gives participants a chance to look inside the workings of a successful film and interactive production company, while taking them step-by-step through both the creative and business aspects of digital storytelling.

During this course, attendees will learn about the history and recent developments in photojournalism, multimedia and video journalism, including the current trends in documentary filmmaking, all through specific examples in MediaStorm’s work.

The MediaStorm team will share their workflow and methods and discuss essential elements of project organization and storytelling concepts. We will also have detailed discussions about working with clients and fostering relationships with NGOs and other partners as well as traditional and new models of distribution, offering a detailed blueprint with specific recommendations for producers and educators alike.

Attendees will be encouraged to participate in ongoing discussions and in-depth critiques of MediaStorm’s work, as well as the industry as a whole. Our goal is to teach and inspire others to improve on MediaStorm’s model and approach, and to foster a growing family of storytellers that will continue collaborating with one another and moving the business forward for years to come.

Who should apply

  • Photojournalists, videographers and documentary filmmakers who want to learn how to improve their craft, while also getting up to date on the current state of the industry.
  • Educators looking to build out video journalism, multimedia or documentary filmmaking programs for both undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Organizational leaders and entrepreneurs looking to build or grow successful video/multimedia departments and companies.

Upcoming workshops

Admissions and Fees

The cost for this workshop has been reduced since 2020 to $1250.

All workshop participants receive a free one-year all access subscription to our online training.

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Location & Dates

The master class will be held via online video conference. The workshop will start at 9am and end at 5pm PST with an hour for lunch.

Interested applicants must fill out the online application. Once you submit the form, you will not be able to edit it. We strongly recommend copying the questions and working offline, and then pasting in your answers so that you don't lose any information.

You can also sign up to be notified as additional workshop dates are added:


Participants will leave the Master Class with an understanding of what it takes to produce quality documentaries and digital multimedia stories, from software options, to story selection, to distribution. This Master Class is not a hands-on workshop, nor is it designed to teach attendees how to use editing software or how to shoot video--we offer detailed Online Training videos for that and each participant will receive one year of complimentary access.

What you will learn

Storytelling Fundamentals
  • Fundamental video storytelling skills and techniques
  • Documentary filmmaking essential principles
  • Best interviewing practices for your subjects
  • Working with still photographs, sound and video
  • Organizing your dailies
  • Optimizing your editing workflow
  • Putting the package together

Design Fundamentals
  • Creating appropriate graphics packages for cinematic narratives
  • Fundamentals of web design and interactivity
  • Using animation appropriately and effectively in your work

Partnering with Clients
  • Pitching to and collaborating with clients/partners
  • Wisely choosing different types of possible clients/partners
  • Applying to production and post-production grants and contests

Packing and Distribution
  • Efficient and appropriate ways to showcase work on the web
    Encoding and distribution for various online platforms
  • Syndication models
    Various distribution models for both short and feature length content
  • Best festivals to submit your film to depending on your priorities
  • Specific examples and recommendations of companies and platforms to use to distribute your film

The Business
  • Real financials and business strategy of a small production company
  • Different possible modes of business for a successful production company
    Remaining innovative and ahead of the curve as a video/multimedia producer

Workshop Staff
The team assembled to lead the Workshop has extensive multimedia experience both in the field and in post-production. As a group, we've attended, led or taught at the top workshops in the profession.

Biographies of the MediaStorm Workshop team can be found here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where will participants stay?
Participants are responsible for their own room and board. We will provide local hotel and neighborhood information to accepted participants. MediaStorm is easily accessible by subway, so location is flexible.

Do you offer introductory workshops?
No. We feel there are already several terrific workshops out there offering introductory and intermediate instruction (see below), so we are focusing exclusively on advanced training.

Are there other workshops like this?
We think the MediaStorm Workshops are unique because of the small number of participants and the focus on advanced multimedia storytelling. With that said, there are a number of great workshops to consider:

I'd like to learn more about other MediaStorm Workshops.