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Why—and How—Great Directors Steal

Great directors such as George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Nolan are under an enormous amount of pressure to innovate, yet much of their monumental success as directors rests equally upon imitation. Some say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; yet others say that life imitates art. Instead of being mutually exclusive, both

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Video Tutorial: How to Use Apple Motion Templates

New to working with Apple Motion templates? Watch this quick video tutorial to learn how to add your own media, text, and logos and export your custom graphics into movie files. Once you’re familiar with these basics, you can download and extract our royalty-free Apple Motion templates to take your video projects to the next

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How Two Teenage Brothers Got Their Music in Breaking Bad

While Breaking Bad celebrated record-crushing ratings during its 4th season finale, Bronson and Preston Taalbi were high-fiving in their musical headquarters—also known as their parents’ basement in Wisconsin. The brothers had just experienced the national debut of their first song “Freestyle” to an audience of nearly 3 million viewers. And they were only 13 and

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Recreating True Detective’s Opening Sequence—Using Stock Footage

HBO might never again recreate the magic that was True Detective’s first season—but it’s easy to recreate its magical title sequence using stock footage from our library. Watch how we did it by keying out backgrounds, adding overlays, and blending layers to give everyday stock footage the gritty, dreamlike feel that earned True Detective an

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The Story of VideoBlocks

This is the story of unlimited downloads, turning down $100K to chase a dream, and building a library of premium stock footage for the creative class. Join our CEO as he describes the origins of VideoBlocks, from a yearlong journey of shooting, editing, and marketing what would become our first commercial clips to becoming the

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Our Pluto Footage Still Holds Up

NASA’s New Horizons mission once again changed the way scientists view Pluto. Yet as publishers scramble to rewrite textbooks, our footage of the dwarf planet holds up remarkably well. Previously, our most detailed view of Pluto came from the Hubble Space Telescope, which orbits 347 miles above Earth’s surface—or some three billion miles from Pluto.

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Footage to Satisfy Your Summer Wanderlust

The term wanderlust describes a burning desire to explore the world and discover life outside your “stock” comfort zone. It’s also the driving force behind much of our stock travel footage. Like the twelve clips below, much of our library comes courtesy of weathered passports, moderate jet lag, converted currency, and a strong sense of

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The Following Preview Features Slow Theme Music

If there’s one thing Hollywood loves more than reboots, it’s pairing them with slow trailer music—and for good reason. If you want audiences to know in the first few seconds that a film is not going to be all moonlight and roses, the quickest way to show them is often through its sound (the more

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Full House Recast in Stock Footage

Netflix isn’t the only company that values eighties and nineties nostalgia. In anticipation of their upcoming Fuller House reboot, we gave the original Full House a stock footage makeover using footage from our library. Note: once you hit play, it’s almost certain you’ll have the theme stuck in your head for the afternoon. If you

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Leading Lines: A Filmmaker’s Guide to Composition

Leading lines are just one of the composition strategies cinematographers use to create dynamic film scenes. When framed strategically, these existing contours such as roads, structures, and tree lines act as arrows to guide our eyes toward a subject. The result is a greater sense of movement, a more defined subject, and a crystal clear

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