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Sound on Sound: An Interview with Steve Saada

If you’ve ever listened to Selina Meyer cracking a pointed punchline, you’re probably unknowingly familiar with the work of Steve Saada. At just twenty-six years old, Steve is already a staple of the sound department in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., productions, having worked as a boom operator, sound mixer, and audio utility in more than

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The Secret to Success on Vimeo

While Vimeo’s smaller footprint might not lend itself to the kind of mass exposure attainable through YouTube, the trade-off could be a more engaged audience and a more fitting home for your videos. Founded around the same time, both Vimeo and YouTube were created to provide homes for videos and viewers—yet their specific targets, demographics,

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The Difficulties in Licensing Jimi Hendrix Music

Close your eyes and try to think of the 1960s without thinking of Jimi Hendrix. It’s virtually impossible. In a few short years of recording, he became known as a guitar god who helped usher in such mainstays as righteous guitar burning, heavy metal, and playing with your teeth in lieu of picks, among others.

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Stock Makeover: The Simpsons Edition

Mmmmm . . . stock footage. What better way to illustrate the versatility of our library than to recreate The Simpsons intro entirely from royalty-free footage? From heavenly blue skies to nostalgic nuclear power plants, hazardous plutonium rods, sidewalk skateboarders, and “saxomaphone” soloists, we’ve reconstructed the show’s classic title sequence scene by scene in high-definition

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Better Call Caravaggio

Above left, a still from Better Call Saul; above right, Caravaggio, The Sacrifice of Isaac (detail), 1602. The eldest character in Better Call Saul isn’t Mike Ehrmantraut, Tuco’s unsuspecting abuelita, or any of the nursing-home residents shakily spooning gelatin from attorney-branded dessert cups. It’s the show’s sixteenth-century lighting scheme, which has better lines than even

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Stock Wars: Now Witness the Best Stock Footage in the Galaxy

In celebration of #StarWars and #MayThe4th, we partnered with the duo behind SoKrispyMedia to find out what happens when stock footage strikes back. Begun, the Stock Wars have . . . Spoiler alert: the following video contains charitable Stormtroopers, Tie Fighters, and massive CGI destruction. If you’re looking to bring balance to your footage, joining

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Great Film Schools NOT in New York or California

For most of the last century, there were two great hubs of the entertainment industry: New York City and Los Angeles. As such, popular belief suggested that the only way to get a proper education in film and video was to migrate to either of these titanic towns. Even today, this myth is perpetuated as

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