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How Stock Video From Drones Can Elevate Your Production To The Big Leagues
By: Michael Duff on Jan 16, 2017 at 6:43:00 pm

In a casual survey of Super Bowl commercials from 2015 to 2016 we saw a roughly 700% increase in those commercials using some kind of aerial shot. We expect an increase in the 2017 commercials as well. You see them everywhere now. And if aerial footage seemed like some secret production element that only big production houses could use, that's no longer the case. With the number of drones in the "wild" today, it's more available and affordable than ever and it's no wonder why it's quietly becoming the new "must-have" element. ...

Drone Stock

After Effects Tutorial: Reveal Title/ Lower Third
By: Brinder Singh Gera on Jan 13, 2017 at 6:45:15 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr_o1dXBWIY&t=330s...

aftereffects

What Happened at Apple? Where did the Quality Control go?
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Jan 12, 2017 at 9:21:56 am

One thing I have never minded was paying more for my Apple gear. Why? Because at the end of the day, I got a lot done with it and it nearly always did it with ease and a level of being trouble-free that our PCs rarely matched. ...

Apple

A Brief Summary of the State of Women in Film
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 12, 2017 at 8:26:14 am

Whenever I discuss gender in the film industry, someone usually pops up and says "yeah but it's waaaay better than it used to be!" ...

women

Free Motion Graphics eBook
By: Timo Fecher on Jan 11, 2017 at 3:25:49 am

Crossfeyer , a new resource for creative training, is giving away a free Motion Graphics eBook: “Motion Graphics Design Academy” . Learn how to improve your animation and design skills to enhance your movies! Everyone who preorders the ebook before the release in spring 2017 will get the ebook for free. ...

Motion Graphics

My excuses for not buying a drone are disappearing. Here's why...
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Jan 8, 2017 at 1:43:21 pm

I have to be honest, I'm a guy who loves the idea of drone technology but, like many, I have been reluctant to buy a drone because I've watched one after another of my friends crash their drones into trees, buildings, rocks and just about anything else that happened to be around. Crashing a drone has never bothered me when I was testing my flying skills on those cheap toy drones that you can pick up for $25 to $50. But crashing a pro-level drone that costs $1,000 or more? -- well, let's just say that I have not wanted...

Drones

Premiere Pro Templates Now Available At Motion Array
By: Brett Rakestraw on Jan 8, 2017 at 11:08:34 am

So, what’s a Premiere Pro template? Well, anyone in the post production or content creation business is probably aware of After Effects templates. These are After Effects project files with pre-made animations, transitions, content boxes, and presets that make the job of building an After Effects animation easier. ...

Premiere Pro

After Effects Tutorials: Flying Colorful Lines Animation
By: Brinder Singh Gera on Jan 3, 2017 at 7:20:04 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpqGeGElq7o ...

aftereffects

One of the baddest shows in the history of television...
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Dec 20, 2016 at 10:57:56 am

When the History Channel announced a few years back that they were going into original dramatic series television with VIKINGS, I was already sold as the time and history of the vikings is one that has always fascinated me. Some of my friends know I joke about one day suing the descendants of the vikings for reparations for raiding my progenitor's villages in the Friesland -- now a part of The Netherlands -- what with all their raiding, raping, and rifling through the goods of my forebears. It had to be terrifying and maybe for the first time ever, that...

Vikings

Now on VOD - Star Trek Beyond - Now Streaming Review 8.5/10
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Dec 16, 2016 at 3:43:08 pm

This week on the Harold & Maudecast's Now Streaming Reviews, STAR TREK BEYOND! It premiered at Comic Con in July 2016 and has just been released on DVD and is Now Streaming on Amazon and other VOD services. ...

movie reviews

HMC's Walking Dead Midseason Finale Review "Boots on the Ground"
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Dec 16, 2016 at 3:39:47 pm

In this week's episode of The Harold & Maudecast's We Talk Dead, a review of The Walking Dead midseason finale, Episode 708 "Hearts Still Beating". ...

tv reviews

HMC Ep 285 - Westworld Season Finale Review
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Dec 16, 2016 at 3:38:39 pm

Hello Fans! This week on The Harold & Maudecast Weekly we review the season finale of HBO's Westworld -- all has been revealed, and we are even more confused than ever before. Never fear! We are here to help you pull out all the tangles in the ever-evolving timeline of Westworld. ...

tv reviews

The Walking Dead Ep 707 "Sing Me a Song" Review
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Dec 16, 2016 at 3:37:30 pm

On this week's episode of We Talk Dead on the HMC we review The Walking Dead Season 7, Ep 707 "Sing Me a Song". ...

tv reviews

'BATMAN - The Telltale Series' Episode 4: Guardian of Gotham
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Dec 16, 2016 at 3:35:27 pm

This episode of Confessions of a Basement Dweller hosted by Jake Essoe, 'BATMAN - The Telltale Series' Episode 4: Guardian of Gotham. ...

game reviews

Jackie - Movie Review
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Dec 16, 2016 at 3:34:03 pm

By Sarah Mason ...

movie reviews

Alone for the Holidays: An Editor's Tale of Loss and Healing
By: Katie Toomey on Nov 30, 2016 at 8:52:05 am

I still remember the last few countdowns, 3..2..1…to 2016. It had so much hope. It always does. After a bumpy 2015, I was looking forward to this year being filled with a lot more happy and a lot less trouble. It’s the same wish I think we all have every year, but I thought for sure this would be it. ...


MOANA - Movie Review
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Nov 28, 2016 at 3:15:44 pm

This week on The HMC's Now Playing Reviews, MOANA, the latest animated film from Disney Pixar studios, is set in Ancient Polynesia where a young girl, Moana (Auli'i Cravalho) embarks on a great quest to return a stone, The Heart of the Ocean, to its rightful owner restoring life to the island where her people live. Aiding her on her quest, Maui (Dwayne Johnson), a demo-God who thrust them into this fine mess by stealing The Heart of the Ocean, must recover his mystical hook to regain his shape shifting powers and redeem himself. ...

movie reviews

The Harold & Maudecast Ep 283 "Westworld Ho"
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Nov 28, 2016 at 3:09:36 pm

This week on The Harold & Maudecast we check in with Westworld, HBO's drama/western/sci-fi/action/thriller based on the Michael Crichton book and movie starring Yul Brynner. We review episode 7, Season 1, which has a big reveal, but will the show keep us hooked the likes of Stranger Things, hmmm. Take a listen. ...

the harold and maudecast

Doctor Strange - Movie Review
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Nov 28, 2016 at 3:02:37 pm

The Harold & Maudecast review's DOCTOR STRANGE, Marvel's latest super hero to hit the big screen. Now Playing. ...

movie reviews

Could 2016 Be The Year That Changed Everything?
By: walter biscardi on Nov 2, 2016 at 5:13:20 pm

In the same week of October, Microsoft and Apple both debuted new products. In past years, creatives, especially Professional Creatives, would drool over the latest slick and cool Apple products. But here in 2016, the bulk of the reactions I found online and through direct communications were all about Microsoft. ...

Microsoft

Final Cut Pro X 10.3 – First Look
By: Charlie Austin on Oct 28, 2016 at 2:43:26 am

Well, the wait is over, Motion and Compressor have finally been updated! ...

fcpx

Being an Advertising Editor: The Ins and Outs of Agency Work
By: Katie Toomey on Oct 20, 2016 at 10:45:46 am

In a post production filled world teeming with editors working on TV, film, sports, live shows and even the news, there are many in-house editors working on a huge range of less visible work. From commercial spots to web pre-rolls or even internal pitch reels, there is a rapidly expanding role of “staff editor” in markets all across America. ...

advertising

The Legend of the Hanging Judge
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Oct 19, 2016 at 1:11:54 pm

The Harold & Maudecast traveled to Salem, Massachusetts for the annual Haunted Happenings festivities. In this episode, "The Legend of the Hanging Judge". In 1692, the Salem Witch Trials, wrought havoc on this small New England Community. In this production, based on the historic transcripts, we relive these events played out at Nathaniel Hawthorne's Birthplace. We encountered the tormented, the accused and their accusers in this captivating theatrical experience. ...

house of 7 gables

Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery Tour
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Oct 19, 2016 at 1:09:54 pm

One of our favorite attractions, anywhere in the world is Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery. Salem's ONLY Monster Museum, this museum and its truly unique collection is an incredible tribute to Horror, Sci Fi and Fantasy Films. Actors, Directors and Special Effects artists and fans like US! We met with owner and curator, James Lurgio, who gave us a personalized tour of the greatest monster gallery in the world! Take a listen to our full tour episode (above) with James as we explore the most impressive collection of horror and sci-fi wax figures in the world! ...

count orlok

OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL - Movie Review 8.5/10
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Oct 19, 2016 at 1:06:08 pm

This week on The Harold & Maudecast's countdown to Halloween Movie Reviews, OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL. In 1967 Los Angeles a widowed fortune teller (Elizabeth Reaser) tries to make ends meet for herself and daughters Lina (Annalise Basso) and Doris (Lulu Wilson) by boosting their séance scam with a new prop, a Ouija board. Bad news for the family when daughter Doris unwittingly unleashes unwanted evil entities. Even Father Tom (Henry Thomas) can't fight these grim creatures. ...

movie reviews

Abroadcast Salem Haunted Happenings
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Oct 19, 2016 at 12:30:27 pm

This October the Harold & Maudecast hit the road to find the scariest Halloween festivities in the Country. We spent a week in legendary Salem, Massachusetts where for the month of October, it's Halloween everyday! Here's our recap of all the fun and spooky antics which include our tour of Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery, The House of the Seven Gables "Legend of the Hanging Judge", interview with witch Leanne Marrama and Medium Kyri Spencer & more!...


Interview - Jullie Arrison Bishop, House of 7 Gables
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Oct 19, 2016 at 12:08:13 pm

Julie Arrison Bishop, Special Projects Manager for the House of Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts, gives us some intriguing background on the history of the house and the incredibly cool things this organization continues to do today....


Ouija: Origin of Evil - Movie Review 8.5/10
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Oct 19, 2016 at 11:16:36 am

This week on The Harold & Maudecast's countdown to Halloween Movie Reviews, OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL. In 1967 Los Angeles a widowed fortune teller (Elizabeth Reaser) tries to make ends meet for herself and daughters Lina (Annalise Basso) and Doris (Lulu Wilson) by boosting their séance scam with a new prop, a Ouija board. Bad news for the family when daughter Doris unwittingly unleashes unwanted evil entities. Even Father Tom (Henry Thomas) can't fight these grim creatures....


Telltale Batman Ep2 Children of Arkham - Game Review
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Oct 4, 2016 at 8:52:22 pm

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 2- Children of Arkham...


EP 282 Haunted October Happenings!
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Oct 4, 2016 at 8:21:43 pm

The Harold & Maudecast kicks off their Halloween Haunt review season with Haunted Hayride LA - Secret Society. We take a ride in the hay and find out if it lives up to all the buzz it's been getting....


HBO's Westworld - Review Ep 1
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Oct 4, 2016 at 4:06:12 pm

HBO's Westworld premiered Sunday, October 2 take over the Game of Thrones Sunday night spot. Did it live up to the hype? Listen to our review! Visit www.haroldandmaudecast.com for more reviews!...


Poldark S2 Ep3 Review
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Oct 3, 2016 at 6:35:51 pm

On this week's episode of Across the Pond Reviews on the HMC Network, Poldark Season 2 Episode 3!...


Salem Haunted Happening Promo
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Sep 29, 2016 at 1:24:26 pm

The Harold & Maudecast on The HMC Network is hitting the road to cover Salem Haunted Happenings! Follow our social feeds at www.haroldmaudecast.com for all the spooky fun....


Poldark Season 2 Ep 1 - Review
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Sep 27, 2016 at 6:47:41 pm

On this episode of Across the Pond Reviews, hosted by Sarah Mason (The Harold & Maudecast), Poldark, Season 2, Episode 1! He's back, and he's still hot and yes, shirtless in this episode. Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) and wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) barely have time to mourn over the loss of their infant daughter when now they are faced with the potential incarceration of Ross.  George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) is back and up to his old evil ways serving as puppet master to Ross' fate. All the familiar faces are back including Ross' former love Elizabeth (Heida Reed) now married to his cousin Francis (Kyle...


EP 281 - Scouts Guide to Halloween
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Sep 27, 2016 at 3:16:02 pm

On this week's episode of The Harold & Maudecast we are taking this party on the road to Salem, Massachusetts for the annual festivities of Salem Haunted Happenings. We're crashing the party and checking out some of their signature attractions and events. We get into it and preview all the spooky coverage and creepy fun including a tour of Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery -- a one of a kind amazing collection of classic, modern horror and sci fi by Curator and owner James Lurgio....


Don't Breathe - Movie Review
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Sep 22, 2016 at 4:16:30 pm

On Now Playing Movie Reviews, Sarah and Jake from the Harold & Maudecast review DON'T BREATHE, an independent horror/thriller starring Stephen Lange (AVATAR) and Jane Levy (SUBURGATORY), Directed by Fede Alvarez (EVIL DEAD 2013). Hoping to walk away with a massive fortune, a trio of thieves break into the house of a blind man who isn't as helpless as he seems. ...

movie reviews

Hell or High Water Movie Review
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Sep 22, 2016 at 4:15:17 pm

In this week's Now Playing we review the film, HELL OR HIGH WATER. Facing the foreclosure of the family ranch, divorced father of 2 Tobey (Chris Pine) enlists the help of his ex-con brother Tanner (Ben Foster), to rob banks in order to pay back the money. Hot on their trail is Marshall Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) on his last mission before retiring. ...

movie reviews

Interview with Alex Essoe star of THE NEIGHBOR
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Sep 22, 2016 at 4:14:18 pm

This week on The Harold & Maudcast co-hosts catch up with Actress, Alex Essoe (STARRY EYES) on her new film, THE NEIGHBOR. Alex gives us a lesson in how to kick ass like a boss, first squibs, and what comedian Bill Engvall was like as a villain. ...

movie interviews

The Walkabout Director: A Technique for Live Surgery
By: Greg Ondera on Sep 20, 2016 at 9:55:18 am

One Technique for Better Live Surgical Video Broadcasts ...

Live Surgical Video Production

Adobe Stock Contributor Portal Allows Creators To Sell Their Stock Media Directly Inside Creative Cloud Applications
By: Creative COW on Sep 20, 2016 at 7:00:00 am

If you're reading this, it’s all but certain that you’ve at some point in your career made money using an Adobe product. With the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal comes a twist: Adobe now provides a platform for you to upload your footage, photos, and vector illustrations for sale into the libraries available to every Creative Cloud subscriber around the world, inside the Creative Cloud applications they’re using every day, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and more. ...


Interview with Alex Essoe, The Neighbor
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Sep 18, 2016 at 3:56:49 pm

This week on The Harold & Maudcast co-hosts catch up with Actress, Alex Essoe (STARRY EYES) on her new film, THE NEIGHBOR. Alex gives us a lesson in how to kick ass like a boss, first squibs, and what comedian Bill Engvall was like as a villain....


Why Representation Matters: Thoughts on the Creative Arts Emmys
By: Kylee Peña on Sep 11, 2016 at 5:28:25 pm

The first time I had tea with Meaghan, it was a bright summer day in New York. She told me I would have to work harder than almost anyone I knew if I wanted to succeed. ...

emmys

Hell Or High Water Movie Review - 9/10
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Sep 7, 2016 at 6:55:28 pm

In this week's Now Playing we review the film, HELL OR HIGH WATER. Facing the foreclosure of the family ranch, divorced father of 2 Tobey (Chris Pine) enlists the help of his ex-con brother Tanner (Ben Foster), to rob banks in order to pay back the money. Hot on their trail is Marshall Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) on his last mission before retiring....


EP 279: Ever Lasting Gobstopper
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Sep 7, 2016 at 6:47:10 pm

We are still talking about the passing of legend Gene Wilder and on this week's episode of The Harold & Maudecast we shout him out HMC style. Also, Now Playing, HELL OR HIGH WATER, our full review of the drama poised to be the first Oscar contender starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. On Now Streaming, Mel Gibson in BLOOD FATHER. Additionally, Why We Are NOT Watching Fear the Walking Dead. Take a listen!...


Ep 278: Fall Movie Previews 2016 & Don't Breathe Review
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Sep 3, 2016 at 11:40:14 pm

On this week's episode of The Harold & Maudecast we review the independent horror/thriller DON'T BREATHE that's taken the end of summer box office by storm. Also our Fall 2016 Movie Preview -- find out what's hitting theaters from September - December and our picks for the ones to watch and ones to wait for VOD....


Dont Breathe Movie Review - 7.8/10
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Sep 3, 2016 at 11:38:38 pm

On Now Playing Movie Reviews, Sarah and Jake from the Harold & Maudecast review DON'T BREATHE, an independent horror/thriller starring Stephen Lange (AVATAR) and Jane Levy (SUBURGATORY), Directed by Fede Alvarez (EVIL DEAD 2013). Hoping to walk away with a massive fortune, a trio of thieves break into the house of a blind man who isn't as helpless as he seems....


Lights Out - Summer Horror Movie Reviews - 3.5/10
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Aug 24, 2016 at 12:33:00 pm

On this episode of Now Playing Movie Reviews, LIGHTS OUT, a horror film from writer/director David F. Sandberg based on his short film of the same name. The film stars Teresa Palmer (WARM BODIES), Gabriel Bateman(AMERICAN GOTHIC) and, Maria Bello (HISTORY OF VIOLENCE)....


Kubo and the Two Strings - Movie Review 6/10
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Aug 24, 2016 at 12:20:18 pm

This week on Now Playing Reviews, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, a new stop-motion animated featured from Oscar nominated Director of THE BOXTROLLS, Travis Knight whose other credits include PARANORMAN and CORALINE. ...

movie reviews

Telltale Batman Ep 1 Realm of Shadows - Review 9/10
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Aug 24, 2016 at 12:18:42 pm

On this episode of Confessions of a Basement Dweller, Jake Essoe reviews the first episode of the highly anticipated Batman: The Telltale Series "Realm of Shadows". This is the first crossover for Telltale into a DC franchise and we see how it stacks up to prior Telltale titles. Will the Dark Knight rise to the occasion? Listen and find out! 9/10 ...

game reviews

EP 277 Duds
By: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Aug 24, 2016 at 12:16:09 pm

On this week's episode of The Harold and Maudecast we have two more Now Playing reviews of films we had high hopes for that turned out to be Duds, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS and LIGHTS OUT. ...


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