Cinematographer Matt Porwoll is based in New York City. His most recent work, Cartel Land, was nominated for a 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary (feature). Cartel Land was also selected for competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and subsequently went on to win the US Documentary Prize for Cinematography. He was one of three speakers on the documentary panel at MEWShop's "Sight, Sound & Story: The Art of Cinematography," 2015 event. We recently caught up with him to ask some in-depth questions about his career and experiences as a cinematographer.
MEWShop's speaker series continues in New York City with a night behind the scenes of cinematography.
New York, New York – September 9, 2015 – Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop), the cutting-edge authorized digital training destination for visual content creators, announces the expansion of their successful speakers series “Sight, Sound & Story,” with Sight, Sound & Story: The Art of Cinematography, debuting September 30th in New York City.
2015's Sight, Sound and Story conference at the Manhattan Edit Workshop provided some real nuggets of wisdom that can be applied to every edit room.
The Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEW) continues to grow its reputation as the top spot on the East Coast to learn the editor's craft. So it’s perhaps not unusual that it offers a great service pulling together panels of top-notch working editors who provide insight into how they pull off the latest reality TV show, miniseries or feature.
Academy Award-winner William Goldenberg, ACE heads this year’s lineup of celebrated artists, editors and filmmakers
New York, New York – April 7, 2015 – Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop), the cutting-edge authorized digital training destination for post-production and content creators, today announced their all-star list of guest speakers and panelists for its special one-day event, Sight, Sound & Story, held on June 13, 2015 at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway at Columbus Circle. “Sight, Sound & Story is one of the few events that brings together the community to celebrate the art of visual storytelling. We feel this year is our strongest, most diverse yet - we’ll explore the vital role of Visual Effects in cinema, the inner-workings of groundbreaking documentaries, compelling work from television’s golden age, and to close this year’s show, a look at William Goldenberg, ACE’s acclaimed career including The Imitation Game, Zero Dark Thirty, and the Oscar winning Argo,” says Josh Apter, owner of Manhattan Edit Workshop. "Our mission each year is to entertain, educate and provide our audience with unprecedented access and insight from the best in the business."
If you’re a fan of House of Cards, True Detective, Nurse Jackie or The Americans, then you’ll love these insights from some of television’s best editors on solving challenging edit problems. All of these clips were recorded at a recent Sight, Sound and Story event produced by The Manhattan Edit Workshop.
Manhattan Edit Workshop's Day for Learning.
As a young filmmaker and editor, I was very excited to be attending Manhattan Edit Workshop’s Sight, Sound & Story conference that took place right off of Madison Avenue in New York City recently. On my way to the event, I passed men in slick suits walking into shiny buildings, evoking thoughts of my favorite show, Mad Men.
A not very wise man once reflected that the strongest examples of film editing are the sequences where you don’t notice it. Day-long seminars such as “Sight, Sound & Story,” which took place last Saturday at the Florence Gould Hall in Manhattan, seek to pull back the curtain on the constantly evolving digital tools and techniques in need of demystification. Structured around a series of topical, industry-specific interests, the panels I attended approached the craft (and the difficulties of perfecting it) from a myriad of vantage points, none the least being narrative structure, the identification of theme and post-production sound design. Speaking to a house compromised primarily of similarly minded film craftsman, the panelists dug out their own portfolios to provide concise case studies.
Eugene Gearty, Phil Stockton and Sam Miille gather at MEWShop’s Sight, Sound & Story event on June 14th for the MPSE SoundShow NY, sponsored by Audio Network
Academy Award®-winning editor Michael Kahn, ACE, joins Bobbie O’Steen to discuss his illustrious filmmaking career in the premier panel, sponsored by HP and Intel®
Scary. Soiled. Scandalous. And basically shitty. This is how history not-so fondly remembers New York City of the 1970s. Drug use was rampant all across town; employment was not. Crime rates soared; faith in America’s greatest city plummeted. Bryant Park was referred to as “Needle Park,” and the 6 Train was appropriately termed “Mugger’s Express,” a place where armed bandits were known to have jumped turnstiles in a quest to rob hapless straphangers for free. Sorry kids, “Dave and Busters” and “TGI Fridays” were most definitely not the names of wholesome corporate establishments residing in Times Square, although such monikers likely echo those of the pimps and prostitutes (respectively) who once worked its corners. And when the financially devastated city teetered on bankruptcy in 1975, the nation’s president famously told New York to “drop dead.”
Read Dan Ovhiva's review of Sight, Sound & Story 2013!