I Know Where I’m Going Shortlisted for AnthropoGraphia

by Eric on June 1, 2013

From the MediaStorm blog:

MediaStorm’s film “I Know Where I’m Going,” created for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with Simon Schorno, Leandro Badalotti, Tara Todras-Whitehill, and Eric Maierson was selected for the Multimedia Shortlist. All Honorary Mentions and Shortlist entries can be viewed at AnthropoGraphia.org.

The Dude on Photography

by Eric on May 2, 2013

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.

New Project: 480 Votes

by Eric on April 18, 2013

I’m pleased to announce the release of 480 Votes produced for CARE in conjunction with Ripple Effect Images.

Rick Gershon did most of the heavy lifting on this project. He shot some stunning video in Peru and did most of the post. I added a touch here and there, cleaning up when Rick had to hit the road again.

Watch 480 Votes here.

Eight New Tutorials on the MediaStorm Blog

by Eric on April 13, 2013

I’ve written a slew of new tutorials for the MediaStorm blog .

They are the following;

Enjoy.

MediaStorm Wins First at NPPA Best of Photojournalism

by Eric on March 31, 2013

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.

MediaStorm Wins Second at Picture of the Year International

by Eric on March 2, 2013

MediaStorm won second place in the Picture of the Year International Best Website category.

The Los Angeles Times won first place and TIME took third.

Pretty good company, I’d say.

Congratulations to all the winners. Check out the MediaStorm blog for more information.

More Premiere Pro Tutorials on the MediaStorm Blog

by Eric on March 2, 2013

I’ve written a number Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials this year.

MediaStorm Guide to Rendering in Adobe Premiere Pro

MediaStorm Guide to Creating Freeze Frames in Adobe Premiere Pro

MediaStorm Guide to the Warp Stabilizer Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro

MediaStorm Guide to Cropping Stills in Adobe Premiere Pro

MediaStorm Guide to Dynamic Linking in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects

Additional Premiere Pro tutorials can be found on the MediaStorm blog.

Steven Soderbergh on Retiring from Filmmaking

by Eric on February 3, 2013

And what was that reason?

It’s a combination of wanting a change personally and of feeling like I’ve hit a wall in my development that I don’t know how to break through. The tyranny of narrative is beginning to frustrate me, or at least narrative as we’re currently defining it. I’m convinced there’s a new grammar out there somewhere. But that could just be my form of theism.

from Steven Soderbergh on Quitting Hollywood, Getting the Best Out of J-Lo, and His Love of Girls

Follow My Steps by Former Intern Extraordinaire Andrew Hida

by Eric on January 20, 2013

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

by Eric on January 13, 2013

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.