H-Town Stories II on MediaStorm

From the MediaStorm blog:

In this new installment of H-Town Stories commissioned by Neighborhood Centers Inc., MediaStorm takes an intimate look at two lives that have been transformed by the power of work. Neighborhood Centers provides services to 400,000 Texans every year and MediaStorm hoped to create intimate portraits of just a few of these men and women who benefit from such assistance.

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Fred, a pilot and Vietnam veteran, spent decades taking care of his ailing wife. As a cargo pilot, he split his time between the stress of flying and the stress of watching his partner slowly die. With his savings finally gone and the passing of his wife, he decided at 60 to start his professional life again.

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Teresa was born in Mexico. She and her ex-husband traveled to Houston as undocumented workers. Despite the stress of her new life, and even an attack on her life, Theresa has managed to not only survive, she has thrived, starting a new business to support her two daughters and one on the way.

Watch here.

The Far End of the Road on MediaStorm

Blog-The-Far-End-Of-The-Road-Poster-v4 From the project description:

Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA) takes the medical breakthroughs of the developed world and brings them to The Far End of the Road where 1 out of 6 adults is HIV-positive and healthcare can be many hours away.

GAIA is successful, in part, because its dedicated staff brings care to those who might otherwise go without. Training and deploying mobile clinics, village health workers, and nursing scholars, GAIA builds stronger, healthier communities that are leading the way towards an AIDS-free future.

In The Far End of the Road, MediaStorm follows the story of two women working to create better health for Malawi.

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The Dude on Photography

It's been my honor to produce this project on a such an awesome subject. And I count it as one of the greatest moments of my life that Bridges said we did a "cool job."

Details: The Project was made in collaboration with the International Center of Photography with support from the Harbers Family Foundation.

From the project description:

Jeff Bridges is an Academy Award-winning actor. He is also an accomplished photographer. He’s been taking pictures on the set of his movies for more than 30 years, capturing intimate and surprising behind-the-scenes moments.

To watch videos for the other seven honorees please see the MediaStorm blog.

Congrats to all the winners.

Eight New Tutorials on the MediaStorm Blog

MediaStorm Wins First at NPPA Best of Photojournalism

I couldn’t be more proud of the MediaStorm family.

A Shadow Remains by Phillip Toledano won first place at NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism 2013 contest, in the Documentary Multimedia category. The piece was produced by my good friend Tim Mclaughlin.

Second prize went to former intern Andrew Hida for his master’s thesis Follow My Steps. I was part of Andrew’s thesis committee so this one makes me especially happy.

Check out the MediaStorm blog for more details.

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Follow My Steps by Former Intern Extraordinaire Andrew Hida

First a confession. I have a bit of a man crush on Andrew Hida. A bit. He's one of the most talented interns with whom I've had the pleasure of working. I remember a particular screening with him, when we were showing Brian a piece we'd been working on for weeks. Andrew had helped organize thousands of images and hours of video. He'd also edited one of the sections in the project. Brian watched the piece silently, then he said, this section is really great. It was, of course, Andrew's. He didn't cop to the truth so I did for him.

So that's Andrew. And Follow My Steps is his thesis.

It's everything I like about the guy. It's honest and intimate and funny and just good.

One last confession: I sat on his thesis committee along with Bruce Strong and Seth Gitner. It was one of the best decisions I made this year.

Watch it. And watch out for Andrew. You'll be seeing a lot of him.

The American-Made Benny

Eddie Van Halen once described his guitar playing as falling down a flight of stairs and landing on his feet.

This project feels about the same, though I'm still not sure exactly how we landed.

The American-Made Benny consists of the feature plus a two-part epilogue: Benny Watches in Split Screen and Benny Responds.

Also check out my essay Unanswered Questions: On the Limits of the Single-Subject Interview for a full account of this production's challenges.

I Know Where I'm Going for the International Committee of the Red Cross

This one is special.

I Know Where I’m Going follows Mr. Saleh, who was born and raised in southern Yemen, as he networks and visits with the Yemeni government and the leaders of the armed groups that control large swath of territory. It captures Mr. Saleh and the ICRC Aden team as they prepare for the first visit ever to detainees held by a Jihadist group, a significant operational milestone for the organization in the country and globally.

Mr. Saleh’s efforts were critical to the protection and assistance operations of ICRC Aden. Working closely with his colleagues, he made significant contributions to the development of a neutral and impartial humanitarian operation in this volatile and dangerous region.

Mr. Saleh was born in 1977. He died on June 20, 2012 in his native Abyan Province. He is survived by four young children and a wife who is pregnant.

Watch the project on the MediaStorm web site.

Darkness Visible Wins at FotoWeekDC

Seamus Murphy's A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan, produced with MediaStorm received first place in the multimedia category of the 2012 FotoWeekDC International Awards Competition.

Broken Lines, produced during the December 2011 Storytelling Workshop received second place.

Kudos to my colleagues Rob Finch and Tim Mclaughlin for their work on Rite of Passage, produced with photographer Maggie Steber, which received Honorable Mention.

Congratulations to all the winners.

This Workflow Goes to X

Tim McLaughlin and have I updated the MediaStorm Post-production Workflow for Final Cut Pro X. Since we haven't yet produced a project using the software, this is our best guess at how to adapt our current methods and best practices.

From the MediaStorm blog:

The updated workflow is bundled with the original FCP 7 workflow and includes access to MediaStorm’s Apple Aperture Workflow and MediaStorm’s Final Cut Asset Parser. Everyone who previously purchased the workflow will receive complimentary access to the FCP X document.

Online access to MediaStorm's Post-production Workflow, including MediaStorm’s Apple Aperture Workflow and Final Cut Asset Parser, can be purchased for a one-time fee of $14.95.

Click here for details.