MediaStorm Workshop: Broken Lines

I’m excited to share my latest production from the MediaStorm Advanced Multimedia Workshop.

The talented team consisted of Martine Fougeron, Richard Kendall,
Frank de Ruiter and Simon Schorno.

From the description:

Joe Soll never met his birth parents. Raised by upper-middle class New Yorkers, he spent half of his life tormented by the death of his mother.

But then one day, that story suddenly began to unravel.

“I felt crazed,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do with it.”

What followed was a three decade search for the truth and a mystery that would haunt him for years.

Through almost unbearable personal pain, Joe has devoted his life to a single question, where did I come from?

The quest for that answer has redefined him, setting Joe on a mission to help others.

Broken Lines was co-produced with Jennifer Readfearn plus two awesome interns: Leandro Badalotti, who helped with post, and Tucker Walsh, who created some lucious visuals.

The piece was made better by the insights and audio assists from teacher-extraordinaire Bruce Strong.

See Broken Lines here.

Also, make sure to check out the other, excellent workshop story Voice co-produced by Tim McLaughlin and Rick Gershon.

Edit: I committed a huge oversight. I forgot to acknowledge Brian whose vision touches everything we do at MediaStorm.

MediaStorm Workshop: A Thousand More

For the tenth MediaStorm Advanced Multimedia Reporting Workshop, I was joined by Kristina Budelis, Piotr Malecki, and Jeff Rhode.

Rick Gershon served as Director of Photography and our intern Leandro Badalotti did just about everything else.

About the project:

As a toddler, Philly Mayer was healthy and happy. A chubby baby, he was quick to laugh and eager to get up on his own feet.

And then, before his first birthday, Philly suddenly stopped walking. His motor skills began to deteriorate.

After a slew of tests and endless emotional upheaval, doctors diagnosed Philly with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a genetic disease that occurs in an estimated 1 out of every 6,000 births and leaves the spine underdeveloped. His parents were told that he would not live past seven.

A Thousand More is the story of one family’s determination to give their son a whole and vital life. In the midst of a great burden, one small child – with a seemingly endless supply of love – can be the blessing that holds a family together.

I'm super proud of this one.

Watch A Thousand More here.

Also, be sure to check out Nine Digits, a great workshop story by my MediaStorm colleagues Tim McLaughlin and Jennifer Redfearn.

Take Care Nominated for Online Journalism Award

Take Care, a piece I produced for the MediaStorm Advanced Multimedia Reporting Workshop has been nominated for an ONA award in the Online Video Journalism, Small Site category.

The Take Care production team is Gillian Laub, Elena Ghanotakis, Henrik Björnsson, Laura Varma, and Brad Horn.

About the project:

Virginia Gandee’s brilliant red hair and dozen tattoos belie the reality of this 22-year-old’s life. Inside her family’s Staten Island trailer her caregiving goes far beyond the love she has for her daughter.

Watch Take Care here.

Also nominated in the category is my friend, and MediaStorm alum, Chad Stevens for his work on Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining, a Yale Environment 360 collaboration with MediaStorm.

Take Care, MediaStorm Workshop #6

For the sixth MediaStorm Advanced Multimedia Reporting Workshop, I had the good fortune to work with Gillian Laub, Elena Ghanotakis, Henrik Björnsson, and Laura Varma.

Elena reported, Henrik edited, Gillian made some beautiful imagery and Laura did so much than her official role as observer suggests.

I was also assisted by the multi-talented Brad Horn who contributed greatly to the story's structure.

About the project:

Virginia Gandee's brilliant red hair and dozen tattoos belie the reality of this 22-year-old's life. Inside her family's Staten Island trailer her caregiving goes far beyond the love she has for her daughter.

You can watch Take Care here along with two other great workshop pieces: Close to Home and Johnnie Footman, New York City's 90-year-old cabbie.