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Look at Me!

I love web video where we can ask about “the rules” and change them so they make sense. It’s one of the reasons I shoot my interviews with the subject looking directly into the lens so they can better connect … Read More

Top 5 Tips for Great Web Video

I love to teach because I love to learn.

What I learned from my students this semester is that you should always make the extra effort to make your work better.

Case in point: two students received A+ on their … Read More

16 Nov '12

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Judging hundreds of multimedia stories in 2 days

Young photographers push the envelope much more than their professional peers.

So I was excited to be a judge for the multimedia categories of the College Photographer of the Year.

I looked at a lot of stories. I saw a … Read More

Four for One

Text? Sound? Multimedia? Broadcast TV? Which is the best medium to tell a story? In the last days two major US media outlets chose to feature a story about an obscure 82 year old jazz pianists from Buffalo, NY. Not … Read More

This Is Not Your Parent’s Broadcast TV

For the first few minutes, this story looks more like super slick Nike commercia about a mixed martial arts fighter.

But right around 2 minutes the story takes a sharp left turn and ends up in “wow” territory.

Great example … Read More

Video Worth a 1,000 Words

Talk all you want about how words are important but you are never, ever going to string together a sentence that can capture what this video shows at the 30 second mark. Then keep watching…

However, murmuration, the word … Read More

14 Nov '11

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The Power of Words in the Creative Process

I’ve long been a fan of Ira Glass. I also hate to admit that I feel like I suck more times than not. Good to know I’m not alone…

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and I need to be producing more work.

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The Power of Music, Legally Obtained

Here’s a nice short story about an Indian barber shop told without any words but driven by a lively song.

Tom Pietrasik, who made the short, provides some insight into his tools and also gives an interesting description of what … Read More

Video will equal 90% of web traffic in 3 years.

The folks at Cisco think video will make up 90% of the traffic on the web within the next 3 years. David Hsieh, VP of marketing, Video and Emerging Technologies at Cisco, says that video already makes up more than … Read More

Lost Love Found

For years I’ve been trying to remember the name of a particular short film that I saw in a high school english class that so stunned me that it made me fall in love with storytelling.

Yesterday, I found a … Read More