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Catie Peiper

Catie Peiper
Catie is an avid writer, traveler, and culture fanatic. Currently based out of Washington, D.C., she works at VideoBlocks as a Content Marketing Specialist. Before 2015, she lived in Los Angeles, where she studied film while researching digital media markets and global audiences at USC. Her writing has been published in the media studies journal Spectator and her research presented at several international film conferences.

Recent Posts

The 13 Best International Film Schools Around the World

Posted by Catie Peiper on February 22, 2016

Recently, we investigated the data behind The Hollywood Reporter’s yearly film school rankings, exploring what it took for cinema programs to be “the best.” As we mentioned then, one of the first things noticeable about THR’s lists was the switch from including international schools in its lineups to focusing only on schools within the United States. As a result, a number of important and impactful programs around the world have seemingly disappeared from the trade magazine’s notice—many of them more selective and innovative than U.S. schools. To make up for this, we’ve compiled a rundown of some of the best international film schools.

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Topics: Film School, Film School Rankings, International Film Schools

Understanding Digital Literacy & Why We Need Media in the Classroom

Posted by Catie Peiper on February 15, 2016

What exactly do we mean when we use the phrase “digital literacy”—is it a skill that can be taught, a set of tools to be used, or an educational framework for engaging students?

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Topics: Digital Literacy, Digital Media

The 5 Best & Worst Traits of Film School Instructors

Posted by Catie Peiper on February 8, 2016

Recently, we took a look at the rankings for top film schools in the U.S. Yet, just because students go to a great film school doesn’t mean they’ll always end up with the best professors. We’ve used these students’ own reviews on RateMyProfessor.com to find out the five best and worst traits in film schools instructors.

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Topics: Student Filmmakers, Film School

Unpacking the Digital Backpack

Posted by Catie Peiper on February 1, 2016

From film schools to Communications & Journalism programs, the need for digital literacy and classrooms equipped with multimedia is clear. Digital-storytelling exponentially increases the level of student engagement, and there are a number of scholastic fields, including Education or Composition & Rhetoric, that benefit from including media skills in their curriculums.

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Topics: Digital Backpack, AudioBlocks, GraphicStock, VideoBlocks

How Film Schools (And Their Students) Benefit from Stock Audio

Posted by Catie Peiper on January 20, 2016

When people talk about film school and screen craft, it can often seem as though we only focus on what audiences see: lighting, visual editing, production design, or mise-en-scène. Yet sound is just as vital to artful filmmaking, as well as an important pillar of a film student’s education.

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Topics: Film School, Stock Audio

5 Lessons for Film School Entrepreneurship

Posted by Catie Peiper on January 11, 2016

At VideoBlocks, we know a thing or two about entrepreneurship in filmmaking. Almost ten years ago we were an army of one; Joel Holland, our founder and CEO, sold his stock video footage in VHS bundles through eBay. This eventually became the inspiration behind our company as Joel looked to provide easily accessible and affordable stock footage. Today we’re more than 60 strong with an expansive digital download library. Though Joel’s vision was specific to his goal of building a stock video company, his enterprising attitude is something that he holds in common with the rest of the filmmaking community, taking part in a much larger entrepreneurial tradition in the industry.

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Topics: Student Filmmakers, Film School, Film Education

4 Academic Departments That Benefit from Stock Video

Posted by Catie Peiper on January 4, 2016

Although we’ve often written about the value of our Digital Backpack for film programs, VideoBlocks for Education knows that digital literacy is a cross-disciplinary issue important to all educators. A screen can never replace the value of a learned instructor or an engaged classroom; however, video is the future of education—as both its content and its medium. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of four academic departments that benefit from video education and stock media that aren’t film programs.

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Topics: Stock Footage, Digital Storytelling, Visual Literacy

Top 25 Film School Rankings - Best Over Time

Posted by Catie Peiper on December 21, 2015

Here at VideoBlocks for Education, one of our company’s core values is that “we heart data,” which is why we began to wonder after looking at the numbers from The Hollywood Reporter’s most recent film school rankings, what exactly does it mean to be on the top, and how do schools get there?

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Topics: Film School, Film School Rankings

Announcing the 2015 Student Film Competition Grand Prize Winner

Posted by Catie Peiper on December 9, 2015

The decision is in from our guest judge, cinematographer and director of photography Arthur Albert, and VideoBlocks for Education is excited to announce the winner of our 2015 Student Film Contest. Applauding the film’s “sophisticated cinematography and real storytelling ability,” Arthur Albert extends his congratulations to Adonis Lugo and his cast and crew on their winning short, “Sally’s Playtime.”

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Topics: Student Filmmakers, Student Film Contest

Best Practices For Digital Literacy In Higher Education [eBook]

Posted by Catie Peiper on December 8, 2015

As higher education’s embrace of digital media marches forward, it’s important we not lose sight of the research in which it is grounded. Digital literacy is not to be confused with the adoption of technology for the sake of technology or the veneer of campus aesthetics. 

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Topics: Visual Literacy, Digital Literacy