MediaStorm – Online Training

MediaStorm offers web-based multimedia training. I’m going through the 1-year “all access” subscription for all existing training modules (plus any additional modules they put out within the next 12 months). Obviously there’s some risk (maybe they won’t post any additional training), but based on the reputation of MediaStorm and the multimedia stories that I’ve seen them produce, I took that risk. I felt additional modules would be gravy; I gambled that $199 is worth what’s already out there.

I’m so-so on the products so far.

The MediaStorm online training is broken into modules. There is a “Reporting Track” (covering audio, stills and video for multimedia) that was, frankly, not particularly insightful. Most of that information is already available online or through other sources. I don’t think the content in that one “Reporting Track” module warrants the separate $99 price tag (if you buy it alone).

In addition to the “Reporting Track” there is a “Post-Production” track. I haven’t gone through that module.

I did, however, listen to “The Making Of: Surviving the Peace” which was flat-out outstanding. That module is a steal at $50 (if you buy it separately). Rick Gershon and Brian Storm take viewers through the 18-minute “Surviving the Peace” film, dissecting the structure and techniques employed in capture and editing. It is really, really interesting to see all the decisions made in the course of building this film. Get this!

The online subscription also entitles subscribers to two additional “The Making Of” modules:

  • The Making Of: A Thousand More, and
  • The Making Of: The Amazing Amy

I’ve started “The Making Of: A Thousand More” and I’m not as impressed with it yet as with “Surviving the Peace.” I have a way to go, so I don’t want to judge the quality prematurely, but it looks to me as if MediaStorm launched this “A Thousand More” module before the “Surviving the Peace” module — and they improved the training module in the second round. The earlier module isn’t divided into logical segments, and I don’t find the exhange between the producers as crisp and insightful. But as I said, I’m just starting so I’m still hopeful.

I’ll keep you posted.

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