Location & Time
The one day May 5 workshop will be held at:
450 Serra Mall, McClatchy Hall Building 120
Stanford, CA 94305
Sub-basement Room S64
All other workshops will be held at:
American Documentary | POV
20 Jay Street, Suite 937
Brooklyn, NY 11201
The workshops will start at 10 am and end at 6 pm
with an hour for lunch.
Maximum class size is 40.
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.
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If you have any questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian has developed a truly incredible and engaging body of work and speaks directly from his experience. When he walks you through the decision making process involved in each example of his work he breaks down storytelling with clear contextualized examples of what went into all the elements of a scene or a project. This helps you learn tremendously about what works and why in filmmaking, and challenges you to find the skill and craft you need to tell those engaging stories.
Brian also has a very humanistic approach to getting those projects made. It's inspiring and validating to see that when you take on a project and engage your subjects with authenticity and respect that's when great work emerges.
Filmmaker, Relevant Media
As a photographer with a background in legacy media, I’ve found the familiar way I’ve told stories in the past was limiting, and the result, often disappointing. I came to MediaStorm’s one day workshop because I love the quality of MediaStorm’s work and wanted to figure out ways to make a project I’m starting the best it could be. I also came with a deep prejudice against using video.
I bet you can guess the end of this story. I left with more questions than answers - a good thing. I also left with a deep appreciation of the power of video and an even deeper appreciation of Brian Storm’s generosity in sharing what he knows; the depth of his love for and knowledge about storytelling; and gratitude that somehow, despite figuratively dragging myself kicking and screaming, I saw the light…the light that video can throw.
This workshop was a rich introduction to MediaStorm’s work and methodology, spanning an incredibly broad range of topics in a single day. Brian did a great job of navigating between illuminating the factors that drive him and his team to create such powerful work and addressing the practical challenges of developing a sustainable business model to make that work possible.
I especially appreciated how Brian lifted the curtain on the story behind the story and deconstructed partnerships with artists and clients, from the evolution of those relationships to the nitty gritty of nuanced editing choices. Brian’s dedication to the power of good storytelling and commitment to growing the industry is a real gift to aspiring producers and entrepreneurs in the field.
Just want to tell you how much I enjoyed the workshop yesterday. For me it was off-the-charts great. I love the way you deconstruct the storytelling process. And the information about your business model was awesome. To do the kind of inspiring work you're doing and actually make money at it is nothing short of amazing.
Independent Film Producer and Editor
I became a storyteller to change the world. It wasn’t until I got older, more mature, that I realized I’d become a storyteller to help people connect. I believe it’s in that connection that we truly change our world. That’s why I’m so impressed with the work MediaStorm does.
On technical skills alone, the MediaStorm team can easily produce a beautiful film. What makes them so special—and I never got this until I took their storytelling workshop—is that they bring human connection into the process.
They emphasize the power of emotion in a way you don’t often hear. They bring a level of grace and dignity to the work that results in the most elegant stories about humans. They have inspired me to no longer settle for mediocrity, but to elevate my storytelling in a way that honors the people I feature.
Director, Marketing and Communications at National Breast Cancer Coalition
As a print photojournalist, I went into MediaStorm's workshop with a skeptical eye. Two days later both my notebook and my brain were filled with the new ideas and opportunities being offered by the medium of web-based visual journalism. Two months later, I am still processing what I learned. This stuff isn't the future. It is now. I am convinced there has never been a better time to be a visual journalist. And there may be no person better suited to show you the way into this new medium than Brian Storm.
Staff Photojournalist at the Baltimore Sun
Founder of Strobist.com
I learned more in a couple days with Brian than I could learn in several months any other way. I still refer to my notes from his workshop. Even more than the technical information I picked up, Brian's enthusiasm directly lead to a new vision for multimedia in our department.
Multimedia Producer at The Rocky Mountain News
So many papers are trying to rub sticks together to start a fire when all they need is a match. Brian's training with the Tribune Company helped focus the debate for what's important - good pictures and stories well told. Then he backed up his evangelizing with solid primers on technique.
Tom Van Dyke
Multimedia Journalist at the Chicago Tribune
Having Brian spend time with the photo directors and editors help set the tone for the direction we take in multimedia. The workshop opened up the possibilities that have gone mostly untested in the newspaper industry. As we move forward, these lessons learned will increase The Morning Call's audience especially when we tell stories with beautiful imagery and voices to create the complete narrative.
Director of Photography at The Morning Call