April 29, 2014

Field Notes: Editing for Mpala

Zebras! Hippos! Elephants! Oh my!

TEM may be back from Kenya but we're still living in the wild....Multimedia Editor Reiley Woonten (left) and Producer Elissa Pellegrino (below) are busy editing short videos from TEM's recent trip to the Mpala Research Centre.

Stay tuned in the coming months to see what we're working on.....

April 21, 2014

TEM's New Video for the International Rescue Committee

Widespread rape and domestic violence have made the Democratic Republic of
Congo one of the toughest places in the world to be a woman. Yet despite these enormous obstacles, Congolese women do not define themselves as victims.

Talking Eyes Media collaborated with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and photojournalist Lynsey Addario to show how women of Congo are defying the odds by becoming powerful agents of change.

Through IRC supported women's groups, survivors of violence and other vulnerable women can access help with literacy, microcredit and lending, buying and raising animals, making soap, and starting their own small businesses.

"I am proud to be a woman in DRC now because I have rights and people listen to me now," says one women's group participant.

Watch the video below and click here to view the project's webpage (with more photos by Lynsey Addario).

April 16, 2014

TEM 2014 Fall Internship Deadline Approaching

Only two weeks left to apply for Talking Eyes Media's 2014 Fall Multimedia Production Internship.  Deadline is Friday, April 30.  (See the listing below to learn more about the position and how to apply.)

2014 Fall Multimedia Production Intern

Talking Eyes Media is now hiring a multimedia production intern for a six-month internship, requiring a five-day per week commitment in our Montclair, New Jersey office from AUGUST 4, 2014 – JANUARY 30, 2015. (We are located 35 minutes by train from New York Penn Station.)

This is a paid, advanced-level production internship. Interns must not only have strong editing skills, but must also be looking to expand and develop their storytelling skills, and work collaboratively with our production team.
The primary responsibility of this internship will include helping to edit short 2-3 minute videos.


  • Editing
  • Importing and organizing media content
  • Transcoding video
  • Scripting
  • Transcription and subtitling
  • Assisting producers and editors with story development

Desired skills & experience:

  • A passion for multimedia storytelling and social issues
  • Strong knowledge of Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro 7, Photoshop, and Expressions Media
  • Ability to execute, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Must be self-motivated, a team player, and prepared to work independently. We will work closely and provide regular input and feedback, but we expect the right candidate to take a project from raw media to an assembly stage
  • Familiarity with After Effects is not required but is a strong plus
  • Please note: Although this internship’s main responsibilities will not include shooting, filming capabilities is also a plus.

Application Process:

  • Interested candidates, please apply by APRIL 30, 2014 to Elissa Pellegrino (elissa@talkingeyesmedia.org) with "Internship" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

  • All applications must include the following:
    • Resume
    • Cover letter
    • Links to pieces produced/edited with indication of what role you played

April 15, 2014

Field Notes: Mpala, Kenya

We've returned from filming at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya.  Here is a quick peek at some more photos from the trip and a short timelapse of the gorgeous night sky.

© Jessey Dearing

© Jessey Dearing

© Jessey Dearing

© Jessey Dearing

April 14, 2014

MediaStorm's New YouTube Channel

For the past three years, the multimedia production studio MediaStorm has been offering an online training series geared to photographers, filmmakers and others who want to learn about storytelling. Previously behind a paywall, MediaStorm is now bringing this resource to its new YouTube channel for FREE. Each month will have its own theme (ie audio is the theme for April) and a new mini-lesson will be released every Monday.

Subscribe to MediaStorm's YouTube channel here.

April 11, 2014

Funding Opportunities

There are several current funding opportunities for documentary films that we came across and would like to share with you:


(1) Digital web documentaries co-productions from independent media creators and technologists that push the boundaries of nonfiction media for co-production. Will be funded in the range of $15,000-$50,000 and producers do not necessarily need to be based on the United States. Funded projects are more likely to be focused on mobile and emerging technologies. Submission deadline is May 30, 2014. Application Form available at pov.org/submit

(2) Short web-native documentaries or chapters of web-native documentaries. These productions must be based in the United States, and will be funded in the range of $2,500 to $10,000. Submission deadline is May 30, 2014. Application Form available at pov.org/submit

Getty Images:

Getty Images is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its grants programmer and will be offering six Editorial photography prizes, three Creative Grants for non-profit organization and photographers, and one Portrait award -- totaling $130,000 in cash prizes. Submission deadline is May 15, 2014. To submit your work: http://imagery.gettyimages.com/getty_images_grants/default.aspx

The Alexia Foundation:

The Alexia Foundation is now accepting entries for their 2014 Women's Initiative Grant which will provide a $25,000 grant for a project to be produced on a significant issue involving and affecting women.  Any photojournalist from anywhere in the world is eligible to submit a proposal.  Submission deadline is June 30, 2014. To learn more and submit your entry: http://www.alexiafoundation.org/grants/womensinitiative2014

From The Heart Productions:

For over 22 years, From The Heart has successfully helped filmmakers get the money they need to produce their projects via the Roy W. Dean  Grant -- awarding over $2m000 in film services, goods, and cash to filmmakers just starting their projects. Spring Grant submission deadline is April 30, 2014. Summer Grant opens May 1, 2014 with a June 30, 2014 deadline. To learn more and submit your work: http://fromtheheartproductions.com/available-grants/

Ian Parry Scholarship:

The Ian Parry Scholarship, a competition for photographers under the age of 25 or attending a full-time photographic course, is accepting entries for its 2014 edition.  The scholarship comes with a £3,500 (about $5,800) grant for work on a documentary project.  The winner automatically becomes a nominee for the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. Deadline is July 7.

April 10, 2014

Field Notes: Mpala Research Centre, Kenya

We're currently in Kenya documenting The Mpala Research Centre and all of its amazing wildlife. Mpala lies beneath the shadow of Mt. Kenya, in the center of Laikipia County, and is home to 7,000 elephants, the world's 4th largest African wild dog population, and the endangered Grevy's zebra.  What makes this place even more unique is that these large wildlife populations live alongside herds of livestock within a 200km2 unfenced landscape.  The Mpala Research Centre "receives hundreds of students, educators, and scientists from around the globe each year, conducting research on everything from parasites to elephants."

Check out some photos from the field!

©Jessey Dearing
There are 7 Northern White Rhinos left in the world.
4 of the 7 are at the Ol Pejeta Conservatory.
© Jessey Dearing

©Jessey Dearing

A Mpala researcher removes a weaver bird
from the netting to tag and release.
©Jessey Dearing

© Jessey Dearing

Early morning camel milking at Mpala.
©Jessey Dearing

April 9, 2014

POV: Call for Entries

Trying to get your film on television? POV (television's longest-running showcase of independent nonfiction film) is now accepting applications for films to be considered for the 2015 broadcast season.

"More than 800 programs are submitted for consideration each year. The films undergo a rigorous review process involving independent media professionals, public television station programmers and PBS.  Once chosen, POV works with filmmakers to craft a strategic broadcast plan which includes a national press campaign, outreach and educational activities in partnership with public television stations, educators and community-based organizations, a stand-alone website and other materials and services geared to providing the most effective springboard possible for the film."

The deadline for submission is Monday, June 30, 2014.

Click here to learn more and to apply.

"War & Memory" Photo Exhibition

Presented by The Homecoming Project, "War & Memory" is a group exhibition featuring the work of photographers Erin Trieb, Ed Kashi (VII), Ashley Gilbertson (VII), and Michael Kamber, among others.  This show uses the power of storytelling and visual arts to draw attention to our military communities affected by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

"War & Memory" will be on display at Fovea in Beacon, NY from April 12, 2014 - July 6, 2014 with the opening reception on April 12 from 5-9pm.  The opening event will feature an artist talk by photographer and founder of the Homecoming Project, Erin Trieb. On June 28th at 6pm there will also be a panel discussion on life after war, with Erin Trieb and photographers, veterans, and mental health professionals working with military families.

Fiscally sponsored by Talking Eyes Media, The Homecoming Project, aims "to illuminate key issues affecting military communities related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to create a community of support at a grassroots, media and policy level, connecting resources of aid to individuals seeking assistance."  The Project aims to "turn awareness into action."

Save the date for the exhibition, opening reception, and panel discussion! 

Click here to learn more about this moving and important project.

April 4, 2014

Eyes On This: Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt

NPR's Planet Money team provides a look into the hidden world behind T-shirts sold in the U.S. via the multimedia project Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt.

Broken into five video chapters (filmed across three continents) and with accompanying text story with charts and illustrations, we learn how a T-shirt is manufactured from cotton fields to factories to shipping containers.  

This multimedia project (funded entirely by a Kickstarter campaign) is very dynamic and engaging -- incorporating video, photography, print, and the 'Snow Fall' Effect -- allowing the viewer to experience a seamless experience.  Although only following a t-shirt, the project also gives us a glimpse into the modern global economy as a whole -- but all in an entertaining way!  No wonder Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt won 1st Place for Multimedia Package in this year's NPPA Best of Photojournalism Awards.

Learn more about this project:

April 3, 2014

Bring It to The Table in Montclair Film Festival

We're thrilled to announce that our film Bring It to The Table 
will screen in this year's Montclair Film Festival.

Screening Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Screening Time: 4:30pm
Screening Venue: Clairidge Cinema 2 (Montclair, New Jersey)

Watch the trailer below and 
visit www.bringit2thetable.org!

Purchase your tickets here!

Bring It to The Table - New Trailer! from Talking Eyes Media on Vimeo.

To learn more about the Montclair Film Festival,
view the program schedule and purchase tickets, please visit: