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Interview with Travis Terrell and Micah Sannan from Soundstripe : Episode 65

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"Play it, Sam" - Ilsa, Casablanca

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Finding the right music track for your project can be maddening, what with so many choices to pick from out there. And sometimes you can have trouble finding the words to describe what music track you're searching for. On top of that each music licence has its own price tag so you may be limited by your budget (or your own wallet).

Today we are kicking it off with an interview with Travis Terrell and Micah Sassan from Soundstripe, a subscription-based music library that allows you endless uses of its music tracks for all of your projects till the end of time!

You can sign up for as little as $10/month and have full access to their ever-growing library of music. Need help from a human? They also have friendly support staff available to chat directly with at almost any time.

Josh gushes about these guys and their service throughout this episode, and so Nick has followed suit and purchased a year subscription to the service. Let me tell you it's already paid itself off.

Automatic Customer John Warrillow

We all have those projects that leave little-to-no budget for you to play with when selecting music tracks. Soundstripe solves that problem by making it both affordable and easy to pick the right music track.

Now click play on the episode and check them out for yourself.

Also if you were curious about the book suggestion Travis gives in this episode, it's the Automatic Customer by John Warrillow. Adding it my own reading queue right now.

Effective Ways to Use Your Down Time : Cmd+Edit 014

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Thank you for listening to us, you are part of the #GroundFloor of Cmd+Edit. We had an overwhelming number of downloads in July. So we're off to a really healthy start. Share the podcast with your editor friends, especially those with a commute who need something to listen to.

This week we talk about those times when an editor is not working...confused yet? When you have down time how do you use it? Some work on marketing themselves, some have side projects to work on, some actually go on vacation. This episode isn't about that last group.

Here are some ways to make good use of your down time to further your career as an editor.

*Note that we here at Cmd+Edit fully acknowledge the importance and sheer joy of taking a much-needed vacation. We are not overlooking the value of that here, just saying if you're looking for more work to do, here are some ideas.


Ideas for spending your down time:

  • Marketing Research
    • What other new marketing tools should you be using? Which ones do you currently use? Which ones would you like to try?
  • Film Research
    • AKA Watching movies!
  • Training & Skill Development
    • Perfecting your editing skills with services like Lynda.com, Tutsplus, or Larry Jordan
    • BUT let's not forget improving other skills like financial, communication, graphic design and marketing
  • Networking and Partnering
    • Always be meeting new people and reconnecting with past clients
    • Use this CRM (Customer Relationship Management) Template to keep track of your relationships with your clients. It helps as a cheat sheet when you're headed into a meeting with an old client. DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE
  • Passion Projects
    • Yours or someone else's.
    • Have a goal for doing them and treat them with the same respect and importance as paying work, but be sure you're getting what you want out of them. If you're not enjoying working on it, it'll show in your work.

Do you edit to the beat of your music track? The Power Edit posted an article that challenged whether or not your work may suffer if you do. Why Cutting on the Beat is Killing Your Edit. Josh and I have different opinions on this. Listen to the episode to hear us discuss this.

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Double The Podcast, Double The Fun! : Cmd+Edit 012

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So last week Josh and I had a clashing of schedules and couldn't find the time for both of us to record together. Instead of release nothing we decided that we would each record our own segment and slap them together.

Basically you get two episodes for the price of one this week!

Josh talks about how you can benefit from "backing your car in". That one needs a bit of explaining, but rest assured it is a metaphor for how you can be better prepared for whatever your work may throw at you and at any moment's notice be able to seize an opportunity like a pro.

Nick has some thoughts about this whole "CGI is ruining movies!" cry that is being heard across the internets lately. With the release of so many movies this summer that rely heavily on CGI, it's become the usual suspect for when the movies fail to tell a good story. But is that fair of us? After viewing Jurassic World last month with some filmmaker friends, it changed Nick's view of CGI in movies nowadays and this will explain why he feels they get villified too much.

Here is the 2003/2008 Hulk comparison mentioned in Nick's segment. Which one do you think looks better?


Here is the video that Nick mentions about "The Weta Effect", which gives a theory on why VFX nowadays are so detailed and advanced yet rejected by audiences.


And finally if you're hungry for another podcast that touches on this very same topic, check out the Film in Focus Podcast. Specifically Episode 195 "Dumbing Down of Film".

Let us know what you think of this episode