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Meet Russ Jamieson of Broadcast Solutions and Southeast Stock Footage

Today we’d like to introduce you to Russ Jamieson.

Russ, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Grew up on a family farm… got a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri.

Started in small market radio… Columbia, Missouri and then on to Topeka, Kansas… and finally the ATL. Spent 15 years as a General Assignment Reporter at WAGA… then three years with CNN as a freelance correspondent. (Two Emmys) Conceived and help set a Media Village for NBC News Channel and NHK Television for the 1996 Olympics… served as a “live generic” for the New World station group during the ’96 Republican and Democratic Conventions (300 live shots in two weeks!!).

Spent two years with a Atlanta-based company as a consultant for NASA, attempting to create a NASA News Network Channel.

Joined Jack English as a Partner (Broadcast Solutions) and have produced two documentaries (The South Takes Flight and the Golden Isles at War). The latter revealing how U-boats lurked off the Georgia coast prior to WWII.

Created and installed a monitor solution for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport consisting of a one hour HD loop which plays out across 108 HD monitors to International travelers. For four years helped produce and edit Ambassador Andrew Young’s quarterly documentary series (another Emmy)

Over the past 20+ years have gathered helicopter based gyro-stabilized footage of the nation’s great cities, starting with New York. Began with 35mm motion picture film… and now with Arri Alexa and Red Dragon cameras. Multiple movie and television show credits.

Has it been a smooth road?
One of my first obstacles was moving out of small market television! Topeka Kansas at the time was the 137th market… I sent out tapes for over a year and finally jumped to Atlanta, which was the 14th market at the time (1981).

Working as a TV Journalist and a Network Correspondent taught me a lot of things… I learned to be a very good “live shot” reporter and to be very very organized… if you can’t put together three stories in a day with two live shots… you go back to small markets. It required you to work fast (and be accurate).

Challenges – being tear gassed in riots… shot at by moonshiners in the woods of north Georgia… and surviving the eye of multiple coastal hurricanes. (I loved it).

Now, in a business for the past 20 years… you must constantly do the best work you can to keep your clients happy. I love documentaries – they allow you to stretch out as a journalist, to be creative and to do good research.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Broadcast Solutions and Southeast Stock Footage – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Broadcast Solutions and Southeast Stock Footage are a small, but powerful video production company specializing in two things… helicopter based gyro-stabilized stock footage and documentaries.

For over 20 years we have collected some of the most beautiful day/night and golden hour footage of America’s great cities. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Las Vegas. We started with Wescam stabilized 35mm film aerials and now 20 years later… Arri Alexa and Red Dragon acquisition. We have the largest Atlanta and Georgia based stock footage anywhere. The footage has often been used in movies… television shows, documentaries and national commercials.

Our proudest moments?? Our two documentaries… the South Takes Flight (detailing how Atlanta became the aviation hub it is today) … and the Golden Isles at War. The latter brought back to life a time just before WWII when German U-boats prowled America’s coastlines, eventually sinking over 400 ships and killing more than 3,000 men.

No other production company has such a rich collection of high quality aerial stock footage.

We also are very proud of our “Welcome to America” efforts in producing content which displays across more than a hundred HD monitors as International travelers arrive at Hartsfield Jackson International airport. We personally installed the monitors…

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Atlanta… I really do.

What to hate is pretty obvious… Atlanta traffic is notoriously bad.

What I love about the city???

Midtown Atlanta and how it has grown and brought new life back into the center of this city. White flight in the 60’s took a lot of life and culture out of Atlanta, but Buckhead and Midtown have come back to life.

I love the history of Atlanta too. After working with former Ambassador Andrew Young for many years I have come to appreciate, respect and admire how Atlanta became the “City too Busy to Hate”. It is rich in the Civil Rights history of the 50’s and ’60s. These were great men doing dangerous work and yet they managed to stay non-violent.

I believe Atlanta has an unmatched springtime… dogwoods and cherry blossoms are everywhere and in the fall the mountains burst with color!

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Southeast Stock Footage

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