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How to Film Fireworks Like a Professional

If you’re planning on filming fireworks this summer, you’ll need more than just a blanket and picnic basket—but a game plan for mastering high-contrast, low-light shooting. Filming explosive, mid-air, or nocturnal subjects is rare for most filmmakers, and capturing your best footage of fireworks will require facing all three at once. To help with this,

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Say Happy Father’s Day with Footage

This Father’s Day, dads everywhere will reign supreme over the acts of fishing, shaving, and making children feel weightless—further cementing their status as everyday heroes. It’s only right that we honor them the best way we know how: through the art of film. Please enjoy our heartfelt tribute to just a few of the things

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The Evolving Science—and Artistic License—Behind Jurassic Park’s Dinosaurs

  The original Jurassic Park film revolutionized not only the special effects and film worlds, but the public’s understanding of dinosaur behavior and evolution. When it first released two decades ago, The New York Times even called the film “seductively scientific,” but do those same words hold up today? Not quite; just as special effects

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The Sounds of Marvel Movies

Superfans really don’t enjoy it when you mess with their favorite characters or storylines—just ask George Lucas. Not only do fans of his Star Wars franchise continue to hold grudges over characters like Jar Jar Binks and the controversial reversal of Han’s shooting first, but they scrutinize and dissect every minute detail, from lightsaber design

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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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