February 27, 2014

Eyecup for the Canon C100 Viewfinder

If you have used the C100, you probably know the viewfinder is poorly designed. It more closely resembles a DSLR viewfinder. The angle cannot be adjusted and it's difficult to see through, especially in direct sunlight.

Fortunately, I found a close-to-perfect solution. I've been using an eyecup that came with our SmallHD DP4 monitor. I have been using it in the field for almost a year. It'll occasionally pop off if the camera strap bumps it just right, but it is a pretty snug fit. I could probably do a little more modification with velcro to keep it from falling off, but I haven't felt the need. I have tried other eye cups that we had laying around, but this was the only one that would stay on.

How do you get one? I would try calling SmallHD and to see if you can order just that. Or, I just came across this Kickstarter project, which is creating an eyecup specifically for this camera and might be a better option depending on how soon you need the eyecup.

February 26, 2014

Island of Widows: Update - 1 Week Left!

A widow poses for a portrait in the sugar cane fields of Chichigalpa, Nicaragua.
She lost her husband and two sons to CKDu between 2010-2012.
© Ed Kashi (VII Photo)

There is only 1 week left to help photojournalist Ed Kashi reach his $19,000 goal for his crowdfunded project The Island of Widows. With your tax-deductible contribution, you can help Ed spread awareness about the epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown cause (CKDu) among Nicaragua's sugar cane workers.

Please consider donating to The Island of Widows - a project telling the story of those who sweeten our lives at the expense of their own.

Why is this project so important?

Sugarcane workers in Nicaragua are dying in record numbers from CKDu. In Nicaragua, which exports 40% of its sugar to America, the average life span of men who harvest sugar cane is 49 years.  In the town Chichigalpa, often called the "Island of Widows," 1-in-3 men, mostly cane workers, are in end-stage renal failure.  The cause of this epidemic is unknown which is why Ed is launching this project -- in hopes of bringing about more awareness and finding a solution. 

A notoriously corrupt government continually mutes this issue by intimidating sugarcane workers and their advocates.  As a result, this greatly inhibits solving the mystery behind the cause of this deadly epidemic.  Research on the subject CKDu by La Isla Foundation has indicated that repeated dehydration, severe heat, and environmental toxins may play a huge part in the rising death toll among cane workers.  These clues require further investigation and increased media coverage to find a solution to this problem.

How can you help?

Make a tax-deductible contribution to Ed Kashi's IndieVoic.es campaign!  Once you have donated, please spread the word to family, friends, and colleagues.

If Ed does not reach his funding goal of $19,000 by March 3, 2014 then all donations will be returned to their funders and no money will go towards this project.

How will your support make a difference?

Once this project is funded, Ed will return to Nicaragua to continue creating documentary photographs and video to be used for outreach about this tragic epidemic.  Through Ed's efforts, he hopes to draw attention and resources to this crisis and, ultimately, help save lives. 


February 25, 2014

Eyes On This: Agent Orange - A Terrible Legacy

In 2010, TEM had the pleasure of working with esteemed photojournalist Catherine Karnow on the short film The Leaves Keep Falling -- an intimate portrait of two Vietnamese families whose children are severely disabled due to exposure to the dioxin in Agent Orange.  April 2015 will mark the 40 year anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.  But although the war is a thing of the past, its terrible legacy remains....

The effects of Agent Orange are felt for generations as afflicted persons pass the genetic burden to their children and grandchildren.  Second and third generation babies are born with cancers, respiratory problems, birth defects and deformities.

Catherine Karnow is returning to Vietnam to continue collecting photographic and video content for an awareness campaign about the ongoing devastation of Agent Orange.  The goal of this Awareness campaign is "to unlock US government support for Agent Orange clean up and equitable compensation for Agent Orange victims and their families and communities."

In order to complete this project, Catherine needs to raise $27,000 (via IndieVoices).  She has only eight days left to reach her goal.

To learn more about this project and/or to donate to her campaign please watch the campaign video below and use the following link:

February 24, 2014

February 2014 TEM Newsletter

*To view this newsletter in its original form: http://bit.ly/1pl7J8n

UPDATES & EVENTS: February 2014


The Island of Widows: The True Cost of Sugar

© Ed Kashi/VII
With an average lifespan of 49 years, Nicaraguan sugarcane workers are struggling against an epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown origin (CKDu).

Photojournalist and TEM co-founder Ed Kashi is currently running an IndieVoic.es campaign to raise funds for his project The Island of Widows.

There are only nine days left to reach the $19,000 goal. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to this project and help spread the word.

Click here to DONATE: https://indievoic.es/projects/project_home/33/D


Syria's Lost Generation

© Ed Kashi/VII

Since the outbreak of civil war in Syria in March 2011, more than two million Syrians have fled their homes.  More than half of them are children under the age of 18.  Syria's Lost Generation (featured in Time Magazine last month) is a short documentary that provides and intensely personal account of two Syrian youth living unsettled lives as refugees.

Producer/editor Julie Winokur powerfully illustrates the chaotic effects of the war on Syria's refugee youth population by seamlessly weaving together these families' emotional stories capture through striking footage by photojournalist/filmmaker Ed Kashi.


2014 Fall Multimedia Production Internship Opening

Beginning in May, TEM will be accepting applications for its Fall 2014 Multimedia Production Internship.

The ideal candidate should be motivated and passionate about multimedia, have strong editing capabilities, and be interested in expanding and developing their storytelling skills.

The position is located at our office in Montclair, New Jersey from September to December 2014.

If you are interested, please mark your calendars and check back in May!


TEM Welcomes New Board Members

Talking Eyes Media is pleased to announce two new members to our Board of Directors:

Bob Fineberg, Chairman of the Board and Founder of the Montclair Film Festival, is Vice President and General Counsel of WNET, the premier public media provider of the New York City metropolitan area and parent company of public television stations THIRTEEN, NJTV, and WLIW21.

Maryanne Greenfield is Vice President of Institutional Advancement for The Rogosin Institute, one of the premier centers for the research and treatment of kidney disease in the country.



© Vincent Cianni

Vincent Cianni, Photographer and TEM fiscal sponsee, is launching the publication of his book Gays in the Military (published by Daylight Books).

Through compelling photographs and interviews made over three years on road trips across the US, Vincent has created an important historical record of the struggles of gay and lesbian veterans and service members in the US military.  This volume tells the stories of men and women who served in silence and oftentimes were penalized and prohibited from receiving the benefits accorded them for serving in the military.

Book launch & signing:
International Center of Photography (ICP)
New York, NY
March 7, 2014

To learn more about the book signing: http://www.icp.org/events/2014/march/07/evening-daylight-books

To purchase the book: Gays in the Military by Vincent Cianni


Workshops & Events

PhotoPhilanthropy Workshops: "Mobile Photography & Storytelling" & "Photography & Empathy"
Taught by: Ed Kashi , Richard Koci Hernandez, Tyson Wheatley, Amy Yenkin, and Oren Ziv
San Francisco, CA
March 7, 2014
Register Here: Mini-Workshops

"Bring It to The Table" Lecture at Adult School of Montclair
Taught by: Julie Winokur
Montclair, NJ
March 24, 2014
Register Here: Bring It

"Eyes in Progress" - Workshops on Visual Storytelling
Taught by: Ed Kashi
Paris, France
March 26 - 29, 2014
Register Here: Eyes in Progress

"New Frontiers in the Art of Visual Storytelling"
Athens House of Photography
Taught by: Ed Kashi
Parga, Greece
July 8 - 11, 2014
Register Here: 4-Day Workshop

"The Maleku and Bribri Project"
Costa Rica Photography Expedition with Ed Kashi & Jessica Dimmock
Presented by VII Photo Agency & Rustic Pathways
June 18 - July 3, 2014
Register Here: Student Summer Program

"Visual Storytelling & Documentary Photography Projects"
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Taught by: Ed Kashi
Snowmass Village, Colorado
August 11 - 15, 2014
Register Here: Visual Storytelling

Visual Storytelling & Documentary Photograph Projects
Taught by: Julie Winokur & Ed Kashi
Woodstock, NY
September 5 - 7, 2014
Register Here: 3-Day Workshop

February 21, 2014

Book Launch of "Gays in the Military" by Vincent Cianni

Talking Eyes Media is thrilled to announce the book launch of Gays in the Military -- a project by photographer Vincent Cianni (and fiscal sponsee of TEM).

Gays in the Military (published by Daylight's Spring):

Through compelling photographs and interviews made over three years on road trips across the US, Vincent Cianni has created an important historical record of the struggles of gay and lesbian veterans and service members in the US military.  As the Human Rights Commission attests, the US military has a long history of civil rights abuses against homosexuals, with harassment and discrimination frequently resulting in lost careers.  In many cases, these men and women -- highly skilled, well educated, patriotic, courageous and productive -- had attained high rank, received numerous medals and held top-level jobs essential to the military.  With essays by Alison Nordstrom, Don Bramer and Alan Steinman shedding light on the cultural, personal and political consequences of the ban on homosexuality, this volume tells the stories of men and women who served in silence and oftentimes were penalized and prohibited from receiving the benefits accorded them for serving in the military.

The book launch (for the publication of Gays in the Military and other titles from Daylight Books) will take place at the International Center of Photography (ICP) on March 7, 2014 at 6pm.

In addition to Vincent Cianni, 
the book signing will include the following artists:

Mariette Pathy Allen: TransCuba
Adrain Chesser and Timothy White Eagle: The Return
Martin Hyers and William Mebane: Empire
Mike Osborne: Floating Island
Jonathan Saruk: Forbidden Reel

Learn more about the artists' books: http://daylightbooks.org/store

February 20, 2014

Island of Widows - Project Update

Please help photojournalist Ed Kashi (co-founder of Talking Eyes Media) cross the $10,000 mark for his project The Island of Widows.  Using the power of photography and video, Ed's goal is to generate educational materials, support, and community awareness around the epidemic of chronic kidney disease in Nicaragua among its sugarcane workers.

There are only 13 days left to reach the $19,000 goal.  If the project does not reach its goal by March 5, 2014 then all donations will be returned and the project will receive no funding.

Note: Your donation is TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

Learn more about the project: https://indievoic.es/projects/project_home/33

© Ed Kashi

*With an average lifespan of 49 years, Nicaraguan sugarcane workers are struggling against an epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown origin (CKDu).  The town Chichigalpa, often called the "Island of Widows," marks a ground zero for this deadly disease where nearly 1-in-3 men, mostly cane workers, are in end-stage renal failure.

February 19, 2014

Automated Subtitles in Final Cut Pro 7

We recently came across a useful subtitling tool using Final Cut Pro 7 and InqScribe, a transcribing software that we use. Essentially, you can use InqScribe to subtitle a project, or a scene, and easily import those subtitles into FCP 7.

Start by creating a subtitle template.
1. Open Final Cut. Create a new sequence and name it Subtitle Template or something similar

2. Create a new title and put the text in the location you want it, the font, size, etc. Put the subtitle on the track that you want all your subtitles on

3. Once you have your subtitle template set, select File > Export > XML

4. Select Interchange Format, version 1 and make sure to select Save project with latest clip...

5. Click Ok and save it somewhere that makes sense for your workflow

6. Open your InqScribe transcript. When it is ready select File > Export > Final Cut Pro XML

7. Under XML template, choose Load from file and pick the XML template you exported in FCP

8. For Target you choose where to save the transcript as an XML, name it the same as your transcript file, then select Export

9. Back in FCP, select File > Import > XML

10. Choose what project you want the subtitles to be imported to under Destination
11. FCP will create a sequence named after your template with "_InqScribe" at the end of it

12. Open that sequence and you will find all of your subtitles

13. You can copy all your titles into the sequence that has your media or copy the media into the newly created sequence from the imported XML

* InqScribe doesn't currently support importing directly into Premiere Pro, but after importing to FCP you could then export XML from FCP and import it to Premiere Pro. This would be a lot of steps, and it doesn't seem to hold the formatting for the text slide, so you would have to format them all in Premiere. 

February 18, 2014

Photography Expedition to Costa Rica

Sick of this winter weather and all the snow we've been getting here in the States?  Then start thinking about the SUMMER.....in COSTA RICA!

Join VII photojournalists Ed Kashi and Jessica Dimmock on an exciting cultural and photographic expedition to Costa Rica!

Be one of sixteen high school students to travel to rural Costa Rica for two weeks under the mentorship of Ed and Jessica.  You will immerse yourself in the culture of Costa Rica's indigenous tribes -- the Maleku and Bribri -- living alongside them while visually documenting the challenges they face in maintaining identity and culture in the modern world.

VII Photo Agency in partnership with Rustic Pathways has specifically designed this riveting program for high school students interested in developing story telling skills through photography.

Click this live link below to learn more and submit your application:

¡Vamos a Costa Rica!

February 14, 2014

Traversing snow filled New York City by bike

I'm one of the few souls in the tri-state area who lives in New York and commutes daily to work in New Jersey. The "reverse commute," they call it.

To get to work, I ride my bike from Fort Greene, Brooklyn, to Penn station in midtown. From there, I board a New Jersey Transit train to Montclair for another 40 minutes. I do this almost every work day of the year, regardless of the weather conditions, including down-pouring rain and, yes, even snow.

I was lucky to be able to work from home yesterday during the most recent snowstorm, but I couldn't resist the urge to go on my usual morning ride anyway. My mountain bike is fitted with studded tires, which can handle snow seemingly better than any mass-transit train.

I attached a GoPro camera to my handle bars and rode over the Brooklyn Bridge and into lower Manhattan where people were on their way to work despite the heavy snow accumulating and the impending slushy mess.