Meeting Report: Sunday May 7th

Vlogging Gang Sign
The May meeting of the Boston Media Makers was held on Sunday May 7th at 10 AM at Sweet Finnish in Jamaica Plain.

We had a bunch of new people join us and we discussed the idea of combining the talents of the group to create some media. I started to write about it on my blog as a Boston flickr photo walk.

I started off the meeting with a review of upcoming events people might be interested in.

Next up I showed my new site New England Stories and asked people to send me submissions. Then we took a look at the FOX25 news report on podcastign that featured Boston Media Makers guests Four Eyed Monsters.

Holland Wilde

We then went around the room quickly so everyone could introduced themselves. Then we did a second round where each person said hi again, talked about something of interest to them, what they were workign on, asked a question, or did a show and tell.

Boston Media Makers
Ken started off by showing some videos he had posted to YouTube.

Ben Sheldon talked about Digital Bicycle and POSM.TV.

Dean Jansen was with us from and he told us about his telemusicvideo channel.

Ted Dillard from Tech Superpowers told us about his background in photography and about how he made the first digital Holga. HolgaHolgaHolga!

DC Dennison of the Globe gave an update on the Globe’s plans for the Pulse Points and told us that the Newbury Street location was where they’ll be trying new stuff.

Boston Media Makers
Brittany has two projects that she’s working on, and a Boston version of

Carl Weaver talked about his Worcester Diaries.

Chris Brogan talked about his plans for a video channel/aggregator. Check out his amazing visual meeting notes. was mentioned.

David Tames Show and Tell
David Tames gave us his impressions of his trip to NAB and was most impressed with an LED light from ZyLight. He’s also started a new vlog with his wife called Daytrippers.

We watched his first video.

David also told us why the ElectroVoice RE50 is the best mic for doing interviews.

Theresa told us about her experiences trying to get some information from Apple store employees about vlogging, and as a new visitor to the group said that she got exactly the information she wanted from David’s explanation of what mic to use for recording! Yay!

Bonnie ended up the round table by introducing herself and was happy to be there to listen and learn.

Ravi was there too but had to step put early. Thanks to Ravi we convened out front and mingle for 1/2 hour before adjourning to the meeting room.

It was a great meeting.

Next month we won’t be meeting at Sweet Finnish on the first Sunday. It’s the weekend of BarCamp Boston.

Next Small Meeting
Join some of us for coffee on Sunday May 14th at 10AM for an informal gathering with out of town guests Jay Dedman, Sean Gilligan and possibly Kent Bye who are all in town for Beyond Broadcast at Harvard.

[ I’ll update the post with links later ]


Meeting Report: April 2, 2006

Steve and Jonny by stevegarfield, uploaded from flickr.

Steve Garfield and Jonny Goldstein at the Boston Media Makers meeting on April 2, 2006.

While I’m writing the meeting report, check out my video.

Please tag your photos bostonmediamakers on Flickr. Carl’s got some photos posted and Brittany made a video too.

To start the meeting I asked if anyone had any old business. Then we talked about how Michael Oh of Tech Superpowers is offering his Internet Cafe on Newbury Street space for us to use. We want to think about the best way to use this. The Forum hasn’t been used much and is now receiving a lot of spam comments, so we’ll have to think of a better way to discuss things online. I announced the start of Video Blogging Week 2006 and Podcast Academy.

The Un-Meeting
Next up we went around the room and introduced ourselves, talked about what we were working on, videos we’d seen, asked questions, and presented short Show and Tells. Fun Stuff.

I started off by showing a preview of a video I shot for Rocketboom. It was my first scripted piece. It got a few laughs but was probably too long for showing on the big screen. Might need some more editing.

Holland is making some changes to his site and next month will talk about his thoughts behind the redesign.

David Tames showed us a clip of the intro to a movie he is making about John K Marchall. He ads music to the start of the video so that people will be able to adjust their audio levels right away. Next he brought out his new Sony HD HVR-A1U and talked abotu it’s features. It’s a very powerful small camera.

Ben Sheldon talked about the BeyondBroadcast conference. also was mentioned.

Annaliese was looking for feedback on how to arganise her new Annaliese.TV domain. She wants to have different sections of her site devoted to different styles of videos. She also has

I suggested taking a look at Broadcast Machine for allowing you to create channels for videos that are hosted elsewhere. Here’s a sample channel I set up for testing.

A new visitor to the group, Ken, asked about filming bands and rights associated with that. We had an interesting discussion on this topic and David Tames shared his experience with us. we could have a whole meeting on this topic.

Carl Weaver told us about a marathon education fundraiser he is involved in and spoke about Worcester Diaries.

Brittany of Shooting Full Force told us that she had decided to do a thesis on Viedoblogging.

Andy Carvin was here briefly then off to the airport to get some video footage of Jill Carroll.

Josh Kilgore was also new to the group and is excited to move from being a consumer of media, to a producer.

Dave Alpert showed a video.

Jonny Goldstein visited us from NYC and spoke about how he is getting kids in the NYC schools to vlog. Very exciting stuff. Check out and comment on the kid’s videos.

DC Dennison from the Globe had to leave early and we thank him for bringing in the projector from Tech Superpowers.

Randy Mann talked about his and his plan for videobloggingweek2006, Is It Art. Always a good topic.

Robert finished up with some stories of