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PhotoPhilanthropy | Powerful Non-Profit Multimedia

Here are two can't miss posts from the PhotoPhilanthropy Blog: PhotoPhilanthropy interviews photographer, Josh Meltzer, about his ongoing projects. Josh won last year’s PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Award, and has some great insight as a photographer collaborating with a non-profit. If you are a photographer thinking about working with a non-profit, or a student looking to learn the ropes as a photojournalist, you should definitely check out this video and listen to the wise words of Josh Meltzer.  

Living Stone: A Community Losing Its Life

By Khaled Hasan for Save The Children
The story I focus on is about the hard work community of Jaflong, in northeastern Bangladesh. The Piyain River is the main feature and shows the natural beauty of Jaflong which flows from India through Bangladesh.

8 Rules, Awesome Videos and Inspiration Galore!

50 milligrams is not enough

Documentary filmmakers Bob Sacha and Scott Anger produce a powerful  series of  short films done for the Open Society Foundation

An H.I.V. Strategy Invites Addicts In


At www.mta.me, Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA’s actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 diagram.

20 Playful Interactive Website Design Inspiration

Some good ideas for engagement here.

10 Awesome Videos On Idea Execution & The Creative Process

At 99%, we try to demystify the creative process. To show you the real inner-workings of how ideas are made to happen by sharing the thought processes and creative practices of great achievers. Here, with the help of our readers, we’ve rounded up some of the best videos on idea execution from artists, writers, designers, storytellers, researchers, and chocolatiers.

by Jocelyn K. Glei

8 Rules of Multimedia

A blog with some great content, definitely worth following , including this post. Below is the mission of  The Digital Naturalist by Amy Marquis.

The Digital Naturalist is a forum for video, film, and multimedia with a cause. It brings together an elite panel of experts to analyze what makes digital storytelling successful, establish helpful guidelines for advocacy groups, and shine a light on the most effective and inspiring work being produced today. Through analysis, forums, interviews, and personal accounts, we hope to help nonprofit organizations and the creatives working with them better communicate the most pressing, complex issues of our time.

Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests

Ever since a man in Tunisia burned himself to death in December 2010 in protest at his treatment by police, pro-democracy rebellions have erupted across the Middle East. Our interactive timeline traces key events

The Lottery of Life

Goodnight Moon from Margaret Cheatham Williams on Vimeo.

“First it was her face, and she always had a beautiful face.”

A story of my grandmother, who lost her courageous 13-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease in February.

Special thanks to Chad A Stevens.

April is Parkinson’s Awareness month.

Music by Thomas Gamble

TODAY from m ss ng p eces on Vimeo.

On August 27th, 2009 Jonathan Harris turned 30 and began a simple ritual of taking one photo every day and posting it to his website before going to sleep.

This is a short film about Jonathan’s project, made a few weeks after he stopped it, by Scott Thrift

TODAY by Jonathan Harris

video by m ss ng p eces

Directed by Scott Thrift
Music by Julio Monterrey @ youthfaire.com

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3715m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.

The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April (http://bit.ly/g3tsDW) and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.

Available in Digital Cinema 4k.

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The Well: Covering Capitol Hill from Chris Gregory on Vimeo.

A rare glimpse into the way press photographers cover the politicians of the United States Congress and the problems they face. Leading political photographers in Washington talk about the perills of the 24/7 news cycle and the increasingly sparce access.

“It’s the genesis of the image as much as the ontological image itself that matters.”- Dr. Kerric Harvey, Media Anthropologist at GWU.

Visit my portfolio at: www.chrisgregoryphoto.com

SXSW: By the numbers from CNN on Vimeo.

CNN iReporters and Vimeo creators team up to show their view of Austin and SXSW.

Music- ‘Street Lights’ by Blip Blip Bleep

Published March 15th, 2011

Sub City New York from sarah klein on Vimeo.

It’s a short film – a visual poem – about that moment in New York when you emerge from the subway and find yourself in a new and sometimes unexpected world.

A film by Sarah Klein and Tom Mason
Concept by Jennifer McClory
Music by Erik Satie

© Redglass Pictures 2011, www.redglasspictures.com

Storytelling Series: “Remember Me” by Lesley Graham from Blurb Books on Vimeo.

Sometimes a story comes along that we just have to share. Meet Blurb author Lesley Graham as she shares the personal story behind her beautiful illustrated book, “Remember Me.”

| Artists Wanted | In Focus : Pete Eckert from Artists Wanted on Vimeo.

Pete Eckert is a totally blind person. But through his photography, he proves that he IS a visual person, he just can’t see.

Pete was the Grand Prize recipient of Artists Wanted: Exposure 2008, an international photography competition, and was awarded $2,008 with a formal reception at Leo Kesting Gallery in New York City on Thursday August 7, 2008.

Artists Wanted is proud to present this truly inspiring portrait of the artist.

Produced by www.ideagarden.org. More info at www.ArtistsWanted.org. Join us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ArtistsWanted

And Let’s finish everything off with a nice single malt, :)

The Masters of Photography – Behind the scenes of the Albert Watson Edition from The Macallan on Vimeo.

“The Macallan came to me with the incredible story of the Spanish sherry oak casks used to make their Single Malt and asked me to interpret this as a photographic art project. The freedom and encouragement given to me allowed the creation of a visual journey demanding complete artistic integrity.” – Albert Watson

Music by my friend: Ludovico Einaudi – “Nuvole bianche” with permission.
Please support the artist here:

Thank you to my sponsors:
http://www.dynamicperception.com/ (Best dolly in the world!)

12 Must See Stories about Covering Conflict

“A Grunt’s Life”

Damon Winter and the New York Times

A Year at War

Thirty thousand American soldiers are taking part in the Afghanistan surge. Here are the stories of the men and women of the First Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division. Over their yearlong deployment, The New York Times follows their journey.

The list of Libyan photojournalism links

The YouTube Chanel of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell

Road Works presented by VII

APARTFROMWAR Newhouse School and News21

The mission: Get to know the community of war veterans that saturates this countryside. Their question: What are the consequences of war, as experienced by a tight-knit and classic small-town, all-American community?

The Afghan Diaries by the Bombay Flying Club

Witness to the Pity of War

Photographer Adam Ferguson, on patrol with Marines in northern Marjah, witnessed the unintentional killing of a girl in a U.S.-fired mortar strike

Covering Conflict

Magnum Group
Robin Lustig, presenter for the BBC, curates Magnum as part of a joint venture between The BBC World Service and Magnum Photos who together have a combined 135 years on the field of two century’s conflicts.

Black Hearts by NPR


Mike Kamber: Military Censorship

BagNewsSalon is pleased to offer this exclusive audio slideshow interview featuring Michael Kamber, and a focused look at the issue of military censorship, including the photos he’s insisted on being seen.

Featured Work: Curated, Must See, Visual Stories

Out My Window by the NFB/Interactive

Welcome to PIne Point by the NFB/Interactive

I don’t know how they do it, but NFB/Interactive team never cease to amaze me.

New spanish multimedia and documentary films company.

Producer: José Carlos Castaño
Image: Sergio Caro, Ernesto Villalba.
Video edit: Ernesto Villalba
Script: José Carlos Castaño, Ernesto Villalba
English translation: huge thanks to María Belén Oliva.
Thanks to: Antonio Rull

Climate Wisconsin

Climate Wisconsin is an educational multimedia project featuring stories of climate change. The stories from across Wisconsin were documented over ten months beginning in February, 2010.

Africa to Australia

SBS Online launches interactive documentary Africa to Australia
featuring a collection of first–hand stories from Africans who have
journeyed from their homeland to Australia.

Africa to Australia is a collection of personal and inspiring stories by African immigrants and
refugees living in Australia and their successes and struggles in shaping – and being shaped
by – Australian society. Driven from their homes and families by a variety of causes, many
thousands of Africans have brought their cultures and stories to Australia.

The interactive documentary uses a combination of full-screen video, high-resolution
photography and rich design to create an immersive atmosphere that draws the viewer
deeper into the lives of these remarkable people. While a video is playing, other related
videos appear at key moments when these themes are being discussed, offering viewers a
more contextual way to explore the content.

A MATTER OF DECENCY from Bombay Flying Club on Vimeo.

Denmark was the first country to sign the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees in 1951 and since then this small Scandinavian nation has received and helped many refugees.

Over the past decade, however, the national laws and Aliens Consolidation Act have been changed repeatedly and this has led to international criticism and allegations that the Danish Government is constantly about to break international conventions.

The Danish people are torn between national interests and international human rights.

Nobody knows exactly how many refugees are living underground in Denmark but in fact there are Danish citizens who choose to break the law in order to help them.

Please visit the entire website behind this story to see much more information : bombayfc.com/amatter

People of the Coral Triangle from James Morgan Photography on Vimeo.

Also, visit thecoraltriangle.com

USA Today: Which Generation?

Just plain fun and smart!

The generation you belong to isn’t just about the year of your birth, but about your cultural experiences. Take this quiz and pick which fashion trends, news events, movies, TV shows or toys you remember from your formative years. Then we’ll match you up with your generation. Ready? Let’s get started!

5 Hours with Woody from phos pictures on Vimeo.

January 14, 2008

5 Hours with Jason Wood. Almost 3 years before “Last Minutes with Oden” as seen here http://vimeo.com/8191217

Another “8 LIVES” tease.
No Fancy DSLR arrangement, just a story.

Produced / co-Directed / Edited: Eliot Rausch

TELEPHONEME | MK12 from MK12 on Vimeo.

TELEPHONEME.TV for additional information and downloads

WORDS from Everynone on Vimeo.

Made by Everynone (in Collaboration with WNYC’s Radiolab & NPR)

Directed by Daniel Mercadante & Will Hoffman

Supervising Producer: Robert Krulwich
Original Score: Keith Kenniff (http://unseen-music.com)



” WOMEN ARE HEROES – Part of 28 Millimètres project by JR

More infos on the website : http://www.womenareheroes.be

Film by JR

The Sword Maker & The Swordsman from Matthew Allard on Vimeo.

The ancient art of sword making is a dying profession. Kuo Chang Shi is the last remaining professional sword maker in Taiwan. He made the famous Green Destiny sword for the Oscar wining Movie Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.

Shot on a Canon 7D with a Canon 50mm f1.2 and a Canon 16-35mm f2.8

A different version of this story ran on Aljazeera

A Mystery: Why Can’t We Walk Straight? from NPR on Vimeo.

Try as you might, you can’t walk in a straight line without a visible guide point, like the Sun or a star. You might think you’re walking straight, but as NPR’s Robert Krulwich reports, a map of your route would reveal you are doomed to walk in circles.

The Work of Videographer Miguel Fernández (periodista me)

Wonderful visuals the B/W works well, nice dash of Raging Bull!

I think the editing here is superb!

Catch a wave in Wyoming

By Rich Addicks, Special to CNN

Catch a wave in Wyoming

By Rich Addicks, Special to CNN

Jackson, Wyoming (CNN) — A surfboard atop a vehicle, 700 miles from the nearest ocean, is your first clue that the surf’s up in Wyoming.

Along the Snake River, just south of Jackson, Mother Nature provides a unique venue for the surf-obsessed in a region better known for wolves, grizzly bears, bison and the rugged Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.

Enjoy the show!


The art of simplicity and a few things you must see

After a few posts about After Effects, you’d think I’d only be inspired by lots of moving parts. Partially that’s true, but who doesn’t enjoy something so simple it knocks your socks-off? I know I do. Here are a few stunningly simple pieces that have inspired me. Enjoy! Oh and a few things worth your time, but a bit off topic.


I can’t remember how I stumbled upon this, but it’s a POWERFUL example of seeing beauty in small details.


A simple story told in a simple way, utterly amazing example of the power of story.

The Power of Music from Life File Videos on Vimeo.

Losing Ground by Matt Slaby

A simple an undeniably moving story told through the simple use of old school techniques

Here’s a post by Matt about this project over at the lucero images blog.

Video commentary for “Birthright”

Original video here: vimeo.com/​9358866

Article: storytell.in/​hdvidz/​entry/​video_commentary_birthright_sean_mullens

One man’s struggle to transcend.
This humble film is about a friend of mine named Michael and his daily ritual to find his natural self through surfing.

Directed by Sean Mullens
Cinematography by Sean Mullens

El Rey

Surprise surprise! More kick ass stuff from the folks at California is a place. God I hate them! ;)

El Rey from California is a place. on Vimeo.

A debilitating medical mystery

Five babies born over 14 months in Kettleman City, Calif., were diagnosed with cleft lips and palates, Down syndrome or heart problems. Now, state and federal investigators are trying to answer this question: What is causing the birth defects?

Photography and video by Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

Off topic…..

Now What Argentina?

Another Kick ass project from http://www.carolinaphotojournalism.org/

In 2001, Argentina’s economy collapsed, leading to deep economic and social disruption. Over the past decade, people have found new ways to adapt. Yet old struggles persist and new challenges emerge. Rooted in their culture yet looking to the future, the people ask – now what Argentina?

Speaking of KICK ASS,

UC Berkeley News21: Behind Bars

Especially AWESOME is the microfilm feature of this story, Look Ma, NO FLASH!

Rights Not Rescue

Sex workers are subjected to widespread human rights abuses, including police violence and unequal access to health care, in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Despite enormous challenges, sex workers are organizing to protect their rights and demand an end to violence and discrimination.

A report published by the Open Society Institute, Rights Not Rescue, is based on a series of interviews and focus groups with sex workers and advocates throughout the three countries.

In this animated short film, sex workers who participated in the research and related roundtable discussions tell their personal stories and share the challenges they encounter as well as a collective call for hope and change.

Ciudad de México Video Documental by Luis Mandoki HD

Might as well end with something, not so simple, or is it? You be the judge!

So, you learned After Effects, now what?

Here are some recent articles and videos that I find inspiring as an AE noob. Enjoy!

A Financial House Advantage

Watch an animated explanation of how banks use securities lending to make a profit at no risk to themselves, while their customers cover the losses.

Produced by Zach Wise, Danielle Belopotosky

The Art Of Film Title Design Throughout Cinema History

A wonderful article, with many inspirational pieces. My feeling is that AE is a wonderful tool for titles and written information in a visual story. That’s what makes this article extra crispy!

DEXTER: Interview with creator of my favorite opening title sequence

This isn’t really about AE, it just kicks ass and the process behind how these titles can to be is super inspiring.

The Other Guys closing credit sequence

Classic example of a pill buried in a hot dog. Which is how I feed my dog her pills. But what an unexpected delight at the end of a Hollywood comedy, an AE sequence explaining how a Ponzi-scheme works, brilliant!

Why You NEED to Learn After Effects, NOW!

I’ll admit that I’m a sheep. I was the kid who was continually whining to his parents, “But all my friends are doing it!” And yes I was voted most likely to jump of a cliff if someone else did it first. I can honestly say the main reason I learned motion graphics was because all the cool kids where doing it.

Take one of my visual journalism heros, Zach Wise. When he started posting videos on his blog that had that little extra “something” in them, I wanted that in my pieces. Another cool kid at the time was Mediastorm. I’ll never forget watching RJD2 “1976” on the Mediastorm website. It was jaw-dropping. That piece pushed me over the edge. I wanted some of that eye-candy in my pieces.

I was now ultra-sensitive to this kind of “presentation” and subsequently noticed more and more videos using motion graphics. More often than not, I would see something provocative and ask myself, “How did they do that?” After many hours Googling, everything pointed to After Effects. My journey of discovery was over, it was time to venture onto learning this program.

I’ve only been dabbling in AE for about 2 years. I’m nowhere near where I want to be, but I’m having a great time on the journey to mastery.

Despite the headline to this post, I’m not advocating you learn this program, just because I said so. Everyone gets excited about producing different stories on different levels, with different tools. BUT, if you are interested in exploring the power of AE and want to know how to get started and where to go first, then this post is for you.

Here’s how I’ve broken this post down. First I’ll give you the tongue-in-cheek reason why you should learn AE, then I’ll move onto inspiration, resources and tips.


Ok maybe I’m like a cat with a new toy, swatting uncontrollably  in every direction, just becasue it’s there, but I think AE is the tool of the future for serious visual story tellers. Take that with a grain of salt, of course.

Many documentaries, and videos employ AE as a story telling tool. More and more of my freelance work is in the motion graphics sector. I’m seeing the economic value as well as an artistic value.

The somewhat tongue-in-cheek reason is because all the cool kids are doing it.  Just check out the screen shots below taken from the awesome blog http://www.innovativeinteractivity.com run by Tracy Boyer and her informative feature called  Innovative Individuals. This is what MANY of those cool kids interviewed by Tracy put on their to-do lists:

I rest my case.


Here are some of the many pieces that inspired me. Share your favs in the comments, please, I’m always looking for inspiration.

Demo reel of motiongraphic work for The New York Times. This demo reel is comprised of the following projects That use AE:

Choosing a President

War Without Borders

Flipped: Inside the Private Equity Game

Toxic Waters: From Air to Water Waste

The Card Game: The Deal With Overdrafts


I’ve been preaching the magical powers of Lynda.com for many many years. Nothing new here when it comes to AE. Worth every penny. (Disclaimer: In the near future I may have title on Lynda.com, stay tuned)

One of the best resources and sites for some amazing tutorials

Creative Cow
Another amazing site and not just for AE but FCP as well. Everytime I Google a question about motion graphics or a video problem I’m looking to solve, I always end up here.

Video Copilot

Something for the more advanced users of AE.


One of the best pieces of advice I received was to buy a professionally created AE template and study how a real pro puts the project together. I’ve learned tons by doing this. It was worth every penny I paid for the template just to see what was under the hood. I suggest you do the same. You can find some decent and somewhat inexpensive templates here:

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. Please, if you have any tips or resources, please share in the comment section.

The Power of STORY, the documercial

There is nothing new here. Whether you know who Don Draper is or follow Mad Men, story as advertising is nothing new. Be honest, this pitch from Don, brought a tear to your eye. It did mine. It’s a time machine! Good Luck at your next meeting. :)

Anyway, if you know me, then you already know that my passion is to find inspiration EVERYWHERE. And yes even if it comes from “The Man.” Say what you like about the current crop of Mad Men and Women on Madison Ave. But I’m pretty inspired. I hope you find something here to help inspire you in your next creative endeavor. I know I have.

A story is a story no matter how you slice it.

I HUGE shout out to Ernesto Villalba for the assist on this post.


When the steel mills closed in Braddock, PA, they left behind a dwindling population living in near apocalyptic circumstances. Now, a new generation of urban pioneers has come with a mission- to create a new frontier from the ashes of the once vibrant town. Brought to you by Levi’s in partnership with IFC and Sundance Channel.


Steve Berra (The Berrics) joins Mexican skaters Jesus Gonzalez, Eder Martinez, Mario Saenz, Angel Santiago and American Luis Tolentino for this Burn Ignite film, shot on location in Mexico City.


The Power of Dreams from Honda Watch the short films

Mutual of Omaha – proud sponsor of life’s aha moments

Documentary – Stars Align in United’s ‘Heart’ Commercial

Nice post elsewhere:

Sustaining Big Projects through Small Gigs

A trend toward online documentary-style commercials might be a good source of supplemental income for filmmakers.

AND for a laugh:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Ad Nauseam – Documercials
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

I hope you enjoyed or smiled. If you know of a good or inspiring documercial, post a link in the comments.