Non-linear editing system poll, which one FCPX or Adobe Premiere?



The results are in! More than 500 folks participated in my impromptu poll. Above are the detailed results.

As I watched the poll unfold over the course of the last few days, it continually held steady at around 60/ 40 in favor of Adobe Premiere, despite one user- you know who you are– who tried to stuff the ballot box, by visting the poll everyday and continually voting for FCPX for several minutes. Shame on you. You wasted your time, oh those precious moments lost in time like tears in rain. You could’ve spent that time learning Premiere ;)

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KDMC Berkeley, The Complete Package of Workshps

Check out The Knight Digital Media Center’s amazing Summer line-up of  New Media workshops:

KDMC Multimedia Summer Series

Knight Digital Media Center and the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley are proud to announce our Multimedia Summer Series. These multimedia workshops are hands-on workshops designed to enhance your ability to create audience engagement across multiple digital platforms. The Multimedia Summer Series workshops are brought to you by the world’s premier center for applied digital communications.


Multimedia Storytelling Institute

June 18-29, 2012 Learn tools and techniques for developing compelling multimedia content in our two-week immersive summer program, led by experienced staff with presentations from award-winning faculty and industry leaders. Participants will take away best practices for crafting compelling interactive online content; strategies for storyboarding and multimedia project planning; tools for designing captivating visuals; and how to build successful social media engagement campaigns. Includes a fully-loaded iPad with all course content for you to take with you.

Tuition Pricing: $4999


Data Mapping for Beginners

July 23-24, 2012 Learn the techniques for using data driven maps. Data maps are an effective visual tool used to communicate ideas, explain complex concepts, illustrate relationships or tell a story. This two-day workshop is a hands-on program focused on applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) tools to visualize data with industry standard techniques. Participants will learn to utilize publicly available map files and data to build layered and informative maps.

Tuition Pricing: $545 — Save 10% when you register by May 21, 2012.


Video For Storytellers

July 25-27, 2012 Learn from master storytellers techniques for capturing the attention of your audience to create engaging videos. This intensive three-day workshop is an immersion in digital video storytelling, providing hands-on video training in every phase of planning, production and digital delivery. This workshop delivers the same world-class training the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism provides its graduate students.

Tuition Pricing: $545 — Save 10% when you register by May 24, 2012.


Social Media Intensive

July 31, 2012 Gain real-world social media skills to apply immediately to your business or organization. Learn techniques for building an effective social media team, defining strategies, best practices and identifying key performance indicators. This one-day conference provides the framework for building an engaged online audience.

Tuition Pricing: $545 — Save 10% when you register by May 30, 2012.

In addition during each workshop, KDMC and the Graduate School of Journalism will provide the alumni an evening with the KDMC lecturers.

More Information Contact

Vicki Hammarstedt
Ph: 510.642.3892 

Always be Learning! Can’t Miss Workshop Opportunities


I believe that the secret to success in visual journalism is, “Never get comfortable.” The more you get outside your comfort zone, the more you learn and the more you learn, the better you get. Elementary advice I know, but it never hurts to be reminded every now and then. Here are a few workshops I feel are worth attending. Sadly, I’m going to miss the NPPA Immersion, but I’m working on making a Skype appearance. Fingers crossed. But, I will be on the faculty of the Kalish Workshop. :) Details below. I’ll also make an appearance here: Multimedia Storytelling Institute for International Journalists at the Knight Digital Media Center. Finally a good friend is running the Tortuga Workshop, it looks fantastic, remember to use the promo code KOCI  if you sign-up for the Tortuga.


Tortuga Photo Workshops: At the intersection of story and adventure.

Explore your visual voice amongst some of the most inspiring vistas the world has to offer. Our life altering experiences combine storytelling, personal attention from award-winning instructors and adventure in serene setting that’ll melt away the daily grind so you can focus on your passion.

The premier Tortuga Photo Workshop on the island of Meanguera will sharpen your photographic skills in a location full of surprises.

The island of Meanguera is surrounded by amazing natural geography and exotic beauty that will change the way you look at the world. With your camera and our guidance, we’ll help you improve your photography skills and the way you interact with your subjects. Every morning we’ll rise to amazing light, the perfect setting for capturing the daily lives of the local fishermen and the surrounding communities.

Within our daily excursions we will occasionally run into dolphins and sea turtles. You will have the opportunity each morning to select your own dinner – fresh caught fish sold by the fishermen waiting in the bay.

Our hotel, La Joya del Golfo or “The Jewel of the Gulf” in English, sits on the water overlooking a bird sanctuary on Conchaguita island. There are no cars on the island, offering workshop participants a glimpse of life as it has been for generations, a way of life that will not exist forever.

Sunday, August 12, 2012 through Saturday, August 18, 2012Tuition:
Early registration of $1,595 before June 1, 2012
Late registration of $1,795 before July 1, 2012
Full Price of $1,995 after July 2, 2012Workshop includes:
-Individualized instruction from award-winning working photojournalists.
-One-on-one critique sessions.
-Daily assignments and traveling to different islands and nearby fishing villages to makes images and share the stories of fishermen in their daily lives.
-Travel to and from the workshops from Comalapa Airport in El Salvador.
-Three meals per day, this island is a seafood lovers paradise but if you would feel more comfortable eating chicken, beef or veggie style that is a tasty option as well.
-Lodging with double occupancy.The workshop fee does not include airfare and alcoholic drinks.$500 Early bird deposit is due by June 1, 2012, or
$500 for the late reg. deposit is due by July 1, 2012.

All workshop participants need to be at the Comalapa Airport in El Salvador by Sunday August 12, 2012 at 9AM and plan on leaving the workshop after Saturday the August 18th, 2012. It’s up to each participant when they leave the country but the workshop will end on Saturday August 18th with a going away dinner at the beach.

About Tortuga:

Tortuga Photo Workshops formed in the summer of 2009 with a common goal of sharing our knowledge of great still photography and love for the amazing diversity and similarities of cultures and people around the world. We’ve hosted local after school programs in the southwest, Holga workshops, darkroom workshops and the El Salvador trips once a year. 

Our team is composed of a working director of photography at a major newspaper and a working independent photojournalist and filmmaker; so our workshops aren’t just theory but bring in knowledge and experience from what’s happening in the industry today.

Students receive real-world guidance to expand their visual portfolio but at the same time will be privy to personalized mentoring to stay competitive as a photojournalist in today’s market. In a nutshell, the dos and don’ts when it comes to applying for jobs, freelance or commercial assignments.

Also, if you are interested in pursuing film photography, multimedia or video, these are the instructors you need to listen to. Between them they have over 20 years experience with film photography, darkroom instructions and multimedia production.

About Roberto:

I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador where I lived until I was 11.

Then in 1980 I was forced to leave the country because of the civil war. My brother and I moved to Maryland where I attended school and began a new life. To make the long story short, I graduated from John F. Kennedy High School where I began taking photography which led to attending a community college. I didn’t even know college was the thing to do after high school. I had a great professor named Amy Heller who encouraged me to further my photography and suggested I transfer to the University of New Mexico. Eventually I graduated and returned to El Salvador where I conducted photo workshops for newspaper staffers. I returned to the states in 1998 and made my way back to Albuquerque, New Mexico where I became a staff photographer for the Albuquerque Journal and eventually the Photo Editor. Besides editing photos I am currently working on a project back in El Salvador on fishermen mainly around the area of the Gulf of Fonseca.

About Shaminder:

Long story short: I am a storyteller who specializes in not being a jerk.

Long story long: I’m a multimedia producer, documentary photographer and independent filmmaker with a penchant for uncovering the story behind places, people and things. With my work I strive to create images that live beyond the daily news cycle and craft journalistic narratives that allow for understanding of complex issues and coming to informed conclusions on the human level. My work has spanned three continents and appeared in The Houston Chronicle, Mother Jones, The UK Guardian and others.

Most recently I wrapped up a six month road trip across the USA in which I lived and produced work out of an AirStream with some friends. I also was invited to Berlin, Germany in October for a stint of code hacking and journalism with the Knight Foundation and Mozilla Foundation.

Currently I am based in New York City where I am working on a feature length documentary chronicling the backstories of Generation Y and our shifting attitudes toward life and work in the wake of the recession, a photo book project and secretly working on my stand up act at open mic nights.


Multimedia Storytelling Institute / KDMC

The University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and The Knight Digital Media Center (KDMC) will present a summer Multimedia Storytelling Institute focused on the special needs of international journalists.* This intensive two-week program provides hands-on training in essential digital reporting skills.


The Institute is ideal for working journalists and communications professionals interested in a rapid-paced immersive experience in digital news production.

Training includes:

  • Strategies for multimedia story planning, production and delivery using mobile, tablet, and desktop platforms
  • Hands-on field reporting to learn professional video, photo and mobile techniques
  • Photoshop and Final Cut Pro X for editing visual content
  • Data storytelling with interactive databases, visualizations and maps
  • Social Media for reporting, content distribution and community engagement
  • Each participant takes home an iPad containing the complete training curriculum

Tuition Pricing: $6,999 USD — Save 10% when you register by April 15.
Please see Frequently Asked Questions for information on lodging options and meals.


The Kalish Workshop

Dates set for 2012 Kalish: June 11 – 15

The Kalish Workshop benefits visual editors, producers, photographers and designers who communicate across all platforms: Web, tablet, mobile and print.

In its 22nd year, The Kalish – a digital first, print second workshop – focuses on excellence in visual storytelling while embracing its historical values of picture editing, leadership, ethics, diversity and managing through example.

The workshop is a hands-on, collaborative learning environment. We kick it old school in the world of new media.

If you are looking to be inspired, or need guidance and support to sharpen your visual storytelling skills, apply for The Kalish today.


The 2012 NPPA Multimedia Immersion in Syracuse, NY will be an intense, five-day, hands-on training workshop for visual journalists looking to expand and grow their multimedia skillsets using the latest technology.

Our focus is on mixing photos, video and audio content and editing them into multimedia presentations.

Our previous students have ranged from multiple Pulitzer Prize Winners, Best of Photojournalism winners, the current White House Photographer, academics, editors, students, working professionals and freelancers all looking to supercharge their careers.


STUCK AT HOME? has some awesome online training that is not to be missed

MediaStorm Online Training is designed for professionals working to expand their storytelling capabilities, advanced students in multimedia reporting and production, motivated citizen journalists, teachers looking for quality educational content for the classroom, and newsroom editors in need of resources for their team. Wherever you fit in to today’s multimedia industry, our online training modules will provide essential information about the ethos and techniques of successful multimedia storytelling.






MultimediaShooter AWAKENING with an Avalanche of Inspiration and News

Since the first post in December of 2006, there have been many ups and downs. Who could forget the hack and resurrection of 2008?


Certainly not me.

In recent months, I took time to reimagine the blog. I’m happy to report that I’ll be launching a new design with the help of the best WordPress theme developers around, GraphPaperPress. I’m also happy to announce a return to helpful tutorials, storyteller interviews and more curated multimedia goodness. Enjoy this latest round of inspirational stories and stay tuned for more updates.





From the amazing folks who brought us Journey to the End of Coal, comes Klynt

About Klynt

Klynt is a new editing & publishing app dedicated to interactive storytellers. It was designed to help authors create immersive online content using the internet both as a distribution & creative space. With Klynt, authors can connect to today’s most popular media platforms and social networks to explore new narrative formats without writing a single line of code.



In the same vien as the venerable  Lens Blog and The Picture Show comes CNN Photos 



From one of the most innovative multimedia storytellers of our time, Jonathan Harris and the creator of  We Feel Fine (One of my favorite interactives of all time) comes, COWBIRD

What is Cowbird?

Cowbird is a small community of storytellers, focused on a deeper, longer-lasting, more personal kind of storytelling than you’re likely to find anywhere else on the Web.

Cowbird allows you to keep a beautiful audio-visual diary of your life, and to collaborate with others in documenting the overarching “sagas” that shape our world today. Sagas are themes and events that touch millions of lives and shape the human story.

Our short-term goal is to pioneer a new form of participatory journalism, grounded in the simple human stories behind major news events. Our long-term goal is to build a public library of human experience, so the knowledge and wisdom we accumulate as individuals may live on as part of the the commons, available for this and future generations to look to for guidance.




Once is a magazine of photo stories exclusively for iPad. It’s an intuitive, surprising, and sharable magazine of the world’s best photography. Once publishes both long-form stories and freshly reported news, often timely, always in depth. It’s a classic format reimagined for the tablet age.

Along with the British Journal of Photography, ONCE has become a welcomed addition to my iPad homescreen. It’s simple and straight forward and puts the images at the forefront, not the bells and whistles of the iPad, beautiful!



‎’To Celebrate Image-Makers and to Highlight The Beauty and Style of the Camera’ to raise the profile of emerging photographers, while also providing an intimate glimpse of the workspaces and trade tools of the masters

The still photographer in me, loved the photographic vignettes of



These often beautifully produced video stories from the ETSY blog entitled Handmade Portraits are ‘undiscovered gems’ I’m sure you’ll enjoy.



From the incomparable Dai Sugano, a Visual Essay Capitalism meets Communism not to be missed IMHO from my former employeer the San Jose Mercury News.



Who’d have thunk it? Stellar video storytelling in the OPINION section of the NYTIMES, some good stuff, a bit uneven, but some real gems like El Wingador from filmaker Errol Morris.




In the eighth annual Carolina Photojournalism Workshop, UNC students found fascinating characters with wonderful tales to tell. Stories of survival and of death, of caring and family. And of fun — in fishing and four wheeling, movies and cliff jumping. Settle in and enjoy Finding the Uwharries.

The Uwharrie Mountains in south central North Carolina are old — very old. They are really more like hills, worn down by passing millennia. But cradled within these ancient hills is a land of forests and lakes, with people whose lives are as rich as the soil they live on. These are their stories.




In 2011, as the country reawakens from the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, University of North Carolina photojournalism students searched their communities for signs of dreams deferred. They tried to define a concept ingrained in every American but unobtainable for most. They came back with photographic essays exploring everything from re-imagined gender roles to resegregation of public schools, videos investigating crack addiction, immigration and the impacts of Obama-Care, and a non-traditional documentary project exploring the newest American Dream – immortality.




A series of video snapshots from the campaign trail, The Boston Globe.



In October2011,Nuru Project launched the first online photography store of its kind,allowing customers to
buy photojournalism prints online while supporting non-profits and storytellers.



I’ve been enjoying the great depth provided in the MediaStorm Online Training, especially the Making of A Thousand More. Almost 2 hours of learning, in just this Making of  piece, brilliant stuff.


The 10 Best Multimedia Training Opportunities

In an effort to help you with your continuing education in the art of multimedia, I wanted to post a few workshop opportunities that I highly recommend. My recommendations come from my personal experience  teaching at one of the listed workshops OR being very familiar with the trainers. I know these are quality experiences and worth your time and especially your money.

But before I list them, let me plug my own workshop!

October 22nd, 2011 in San Francisco

Mission Bay – 1675 Owens St., SF

$50 to $99 early bird before Sep 1st!

I’ll be teaching a workshop on mobile phone (iPhone) photography. To my knowledge it’s the first mobile phone conference of it’s kind, so if you are in the Bay Area, register now, more info here:


Ok here are my recommendations in no particular order:


Chandler Griffin of Barefoot Workshop


Documentary Workshops

United States

Marfa, Texas

August 14-27, 2011

2-Week Documentary – Marfa, Texas

Tuition: $2,239.00 (housing not included)

Download full description (PDF 324k)


2011 Dates and Location Set

Run by : Tim Broekema

The 2011 Mountain Workshops will take place Oct. 18-22 in Somerset, Ky. We will be able to begin accepting applications for enrollment on July 1. Until then please be sure to visit our ABOUT page to watch videos on the Workshops, read more about our annual documentary event and see our FAQ’s.

On July 1 return to our web site and visit the APPLICATION page and instructions will be posted for how to enroll.

Space is limited so early application is encouraged.


The cost will be:

Photojournalism or Picture Editing Workshop

$625 prior to Sept.



Run by: Brian Storm


Advanced Multimedia Workshop

Collaborate with a team and go from concept to completed multimedia project in one week. Work as a field reporter, editor, or observer. Workshop #11 in New York City
November 12-18, 2011 *Apply By: September 16, 2011




Aug 28 – Sep 3

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Dive further into the tools and methods of multimedia storytelling

Building on the Introduction to Multimedia workshop, Intermediate Multimedia explores the most commonly used tools of multimedia storytelling in greater depth. Students find, shoot and produce multimedia stories using still and video cameras during a week that includes intense daily critiques, lectures and demonstrations.

Students learn the basics of shooting video interviews and setting up audio for those interviews. Principals of integrating stills and audio with video are also discussed in detail. Additionally, students are introduced to Apple’s Final Cut Pro as a means to edit and produce the stories they shoot.

Students should have a strong grasp of photography before attending this class. Students are also encouraged to have a basic understanding of video principles, audio content gathering and Final Cut Pro workflow.



Ok you got me, not so much a workshop, but looks like a killer conference with some great dataviz pre-conference offerings

SND STL offers Data Visualization Graphics Workshop in partnership with IRE

07.10.11   //   by Will Sullivan   //   Blog, Conference information, Speaker & Session Announcements  //

We’re busting-at-the-seams excited to announce our next partnership and pre-conference workshop, a Data Visualization Graphics Workshop with the Investigative Reporters & Editors. The day-long workshop will take place on Thursday, Sept. 29th, before the SND STL conference begins. You can register for the Graphics workshop on the same page that you can register for the conference, right here. Also as part of the partnership with IRE, their members can now get $100 off registration for SND STL!



This one just ended, but worth keeping on your radar for next year!





The Backpack Video Storyteller (B432B-11)

Sep 19, 2011 – Sep 23, 2011
Apply By:

Aug 17, 2011


More journalists in all media are shooting their own video as well as reporting their own stories. In this jam-packed, hands-on seminar, you will learn how to shoot and edit, and you will produce several stories.

We will teach you how to edit video using Final Cut Pro. You will learn the fundamentals of light, motion, sequencing, natural sound and character development. We also will teach you the ethics of video storytelling and editing, and how telling video stories online is different from television.

We provide Canon XH A1 cameras as well as DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras for those who want to learn to shoot video using that format. We also provide all of the editing software and computers you will need while at Poynter. We encourage you to bring to the seminar the video gear that you use on the job.

You’ll learn:

  • How to use a video camera and tell professional-looking stories
  • To capture, upload and edit video using Final Cut Pro
  • To employ video storytelling principles including motion, sound, lighting, transitions and composition
  • Why remarkable sound can set your storytelling apart
  • To think “visually” for the Web
  • How to find and capture memorable moments and characters in your stories
  • The ethical decisions to consider when editing video and audio
  • How to file stories quickly, even when you are working alone with sparse resources

Questions: E-mail

Who Will Benefit:
Broadcast reporters, photojournalists and still photographers who need to learn video and newsroom managers who want to raise their multimedia literacy

Price: $1,150.00


9. The Kalish

10. ONA Online News Association

ONA11 schedule drops: Three days of journalism, tech and togetherness in Boston

The ONA11 Program and Conference Chairs have been hard at work on the 2011 Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, building sessions and identifying speakers who will turn emerging technology into news gold, give you tools you can use and help you evolve in your digital media career. Once again, we had an amazing response to the Session Selector, and your subsequent votes gave us more than enough ideas for three solid tracks of news immersion.

ONA11 general sessions

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24



Happy Learning!


If you need a little kick start, don’t forget this recent post:



Multimedia Rules to Live By and Seven Steps to Training Yourself






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 :

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

Also, visit

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

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 (


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

More infos on the website :

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 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.

Dirty, Pretty Thing, The Canon 5D MKII and other DSLR Stuff

I love my 5D. I’m a huge fan of the shallow depth of field and low light capabilities. I went to great lengths to get that look with my Canon HD video cameras.

I  use the 5D almost exclusively for freelance/client work. There’s so much out there – good and bad- about  DSLR cams.  I don’t have much to offer, except, some links to those sites and a couple of tips.

Let me start with the Beachtek DXA-5D. This is an essential piece of equipment  to eliminate the Auto Gain Control of the 5D. If anybody knows a better way to eliminate this, do let me know.

I am aware of the Magic Lantern Firmware solution, but I’m still a little scared of this. Again anybody whose done this successfully please do tell.

Anyway, long story short, the DXA-5D introduces a low frequency tone to trick the 5D and despite claims that it can only be heard by Superman, they’re wrong. While I was editing recently, my daughter feel to her knees in pain with her hand over her ears. Mind you, I couldn’t hear it and thought she must be exaggerating, she was not. She is actually still frightened when sit down to edit. But I also– sometimes– hear some unwanted high frequency tones coming the audio recorded with the 5D via the DXA. So, in a effort to save you the time surfing the interwebs, I offer you a solution approved by my daughter with the super human hearing.

First, in FCP you can add an audio filter called AUGraphiEQ, under the Audio Filters menu. After applying the filter. Scroll down and take down the 20000.0 Hz to -20db. I have sometimes needed to apply the filter twice to eliminate the tone completely.  Below is a screen shot of the settings.


The second option, I haven’t tried yet, but looks promising.

If you use a Beachtek DXA-5D to capture sound while recording with your 5D, you should take a look at the new droplet my friend Mathieu has created. The droplet convert the file to ProRes HQ and remove the low frequency used to disable the audio gain. Simple, but effective.

Get the droplet here.

Here is another great link about 5D audio:

Canon 5D Audio Exposed from the very useful site

Okay, on to another DSLR item that was tough, focusing. I have found more shots in focus and an overall more enjoyable shooting experience with the Hoodman DSLR viewer. The downside to the Hoodman is the crappy wau it attaches to the camera. But, as with everything now-a-days the is an alternative. The folks at IDCPhotography have a solution that I just love, check it out.

There is also another more expensive alternative to the Hoodman, called the Zacuto Z Finder. Haven’t tried this yet.

Okay in wrapping this post up, I wanted to finish up with some places to find  DSLR video inspiration  a set of links to some great DSLR blogs and articles.



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Here’s a great link to a very cool video shot on the 5D, it’s called Artic Surf Film Part 1:

I really like this story because it shows how the Canon 5DMrkII totally shifted the world of many photographers. By giving the ability to shoot video with the same gear we use to shoot pictures, it enables photographers to create more and better content. When you look at Yassine editing suite, you have to realize how minimal it is. No Final Cut Pro, no ProRes, no 24p, nothing a pro would use, yet he has created some awesome content.

This is a real example to prove that it is often a better investment to put your money in getting a great subject and location than getting the newest lens…


Zach Wise, Lesson Learned

Philip Bloom, The 5D or the 7D?

Recording Sound With The 5D





DSLR News Shooter

Canon 5D Tips