Posts Tagged ‘MediaStorm’

MediaStorm’s “Intended Consequences” skillfully uses music

June 16, 2010

Here’s a link to MediaStorm’s moving project on rape victims in Rwanda, “Intended Consequences.” Note how the original music by Pamela Chen and Sherman Jia is used to carefully underscore or highlight the material. Another skillful, and entirely appropriate, use of music in journalistic multimedia.


“Scary Mary Poppins” shows how music can change meaning

April 2, 2010

Ok, many of you have probably seen this, but I hadn’t until Brian Storm pointed this out on the Mediastorm blog. It’s a hilarious but telling example of how music (along with some creative visual editing) can totally change the meaning of a piece of work.

This should serve as a humorous warning to those of us who advocate the use of music in nonfiction multimedia: Use with care.

The secret to getting good…

January 26, 2010

Want to know the No. 1 secret to getting really good at something, like, say, composing music or creating multimedia projects? Eric Maierson over at MediaStorm’s blog has the answer. You have to click the link to find out what it is….

Ten tips for using music in multimedia

November 23, 2009

Music is an all too frequently overlooked facet of multimedia production, says Eric Maierson of MediaStorm. I especially appreciate this tip:

Music should not be used as simply background sound. It’s an integral part of multimedia, as important at times as your images, narration, or video. Effective music editing creates a rhythm, a call and response, with your other media sources.

It’s great advice, so read it now!

Multimedia production tips

May 11, 2009

Eric Maierson of the top-flight multimedia production house MediaStorm offers tips on creating multimedia projects over at the MediaStorm blog. Check it out – lots of great advice here!

MediaStorm’s tips for better multimedia

April 17, 2009

Many of you are familiar with the stellar work of MediaStorm, Brian Storm’s multimedia production house. They are responsible for some of the world’s best multimedia work. In MediaStorm’s blog, Eric Maierson has posted some excellent tips on improving your video and multimedia work.

Here’s what Eric had to say about music and audio:

Work with your music. Allow your images to flow dynamically with the changes in your music. Cut on the beat. Cut against the beat. End your piece with the final sting of the music. Edit the music, cut it up, and make it an integral part of your project, not just background noise. See the funeral section of BLOODLINE.

Use music dynamically. Increase the volume during an image sequence; decrease during an interview. Your music should be thematic just as your photographs are. See Kingsley’s Crossing fro an example of how music weaves in an out of an interview.

Use one-second dissolves to smooth rough audio. It’s startling to hear how a one-second dissolve can save a clip that would otherwise end abruptly.

Use room tone between gaps in dialogue, even when using a musical bed. Without room tone, your audio will sound like someone dipping in and out of a cave.