Fade to Black—Is the Feature Film Dying?

by Eric on May 4, 2014

A great short piece on the demise of the feature film.

Why are you trying to make a feature film? If you’re doing it because you think it’s the dominant story medium of our time, or because you believe it’s the way to a mass audience or because you think you’ll get rich, you need a healthy dose of artistic and personal self-examination. Telling stories through media of some form, yes. But buying into the conventional feature-film format and all its legacy business practices… that is no longer something you do by rote. —Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine

What I Learned at the The Image Deconstructed Workshop

by Eric on April 13, 2014

I am far more compassionate towards a stranger’s uncertainty and fear than I am to my own.

Fuck the Fear, circa London, 1977

by Eric on January 19, 2014

They [The Clash] were afraid to play until they saw the Ramones. I mean, Paul [Simonon] and Mick [Jones] told the Ramones, “Now that we’ve seen you, we’re gonna be a band.”

The Ramones said, “You gotta play, guys. You know, come out of the basement and play. That’s what we did.”

Basically the Ramones said to them, which they said to countless other bands, “You don’t have to be better, just get out there, you’re as good as you are. Don’t wait until you’re better, how are you gonna ever know? Just go out there and do it.”

That’s what the Ramones got from The New York Dolls, you know, “What are we waiting for?”

To me that’s the important part of it, what bands pass along to other bands by way of confidence.”

—Danny Fields, manager of the Ramones. Quoted in Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

20 Feet From Stardom

by Eric on January 19, 2014

20 Feet From Stardom is a compelling look at the challenges faced by some of rock ‘n roll’s greatest backup singers, including the legendary Darlene Love.

The Filth and The Fury

by Eric on January 11, 2014

The Filth and The Fury is a messy, chaotic and brilliant documentary about the Sex Pistols.

As it should be.

Blackfish

by Eric on December 25, 2013

If there was ever a doubt that keeping killer whales in captivity for entertainment purposes was cruel and inhumane, this documentary closes that question.

Recent Posts on the MediaStorm Blog

by Eric on September 1, 2013

I’ve been a bit quite here but there’s been a maelstrom of posts on the MediaStorm blog.

Premiere Pro
MediaStorm Guide to Creating Multi-camera Sequences in Premiere Pro, Part 1
MediaStorm Guide to Quickly Replacing Files in Premiere Pro
MediaStorm Guide to Copy and Pasting a Clip Range in Premiere Pro

Essays
MediaStorm Guide to Setting Up Shots
Time Lapse: The Making of Darkness Visible
In Praise of Tim McLaughlin
Thoughts on Going Further

MediaStorm Website Receives 2013 Edward R. Murrow Award

by Eric on July 6, 2013

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A bit of old news, but I’m nonetheless still thrilled to announce that MediaStorm received a 2013 National Edward R. Murrow Award in the category of Website by a National Online News Organization.

Congrats to my colleagues.

For more information see the MediaStorm blog.

I Hate ‘Multimedia’

by Eric on July 6, 2013

I went off on a bit of a tear about the misnomer that is ‘multimedia.’

You can read the gory details at the MediaStorm blog.

This Is What Editing Feels Like

by Eric on June 9, 2013

I wrote a short piece for the MediaStorm blog about the emotional experience of editing, and all its associated turmoil. It turned out pretty well, I think.

You can read it here.