The Ultimate Comic Book Toolkit: Here’s All the Stock Media You Need for an Origin Story

Are you holding out for a hero or just heroic stock media? From the year-round blockbusters of Warner Bros. and Marvel to television’s The Walking Dead and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, comic book adaptations are everywhere. But independent creatives don’t need studio backing to bring their origin stories to life—all they need is superlative stock video, graphics, and sound effects. We’ve teamed up with our sister sites GraphicStock and AudioBlocks to bring you all the stock media necessary to take your next comic book-inspired project from … Read more about The Ultimate Comic Book Toolkit: Here’s All the Stock Media You Need for an Origin Story

Five (Great) Movies You Didn’t Know Were Books

Hollywood loves its book adaptations—and for good reason: a staggering eighteen of the twenty films with the all-time biggest opening weekends were based on books or comic books. If you’re wondering, the remaining two were inspired by a theme park ride. (Hint: it has to do with pirates.) Such is the reason we’ve grown used to seeing “based on the novel by ______” or “Stephen King’s ______” adorning movie posters. However, producers aren’t always so quick to publicize their source material. Here are five well-known films with little-known … Read more about Five (Great) Movies You Didn’t Know Were Books

Stock Footage of the Week: After Effects Templates for Blockbuster-Style Logo Reveals

Welcome back to our Stock Footage of the Week series. This week we’re featuring After Effects templates for blockbuster-style logo reveals. Add some motion to your brand identity and get down to business with these easy-to-edit templates.   What’s better than summer blockbusters? Sometimes, it’s the trailers that come before them. We’ve all seen movies that had better previews than performances, and it’s no surprise that teasers can have a big impact on box office performance. The same rule applies to your brand, which is why … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: After Effects Templates for Blockbuster-Style Logo Reveals

Marketing on Social Media: 20 After Effects Promos for Your Instagram Ads

It’s the event of the century, all your buddies have bought their tickets, celebrities are rumored to be there, and the artist line up is surreal—but, you had no idea this event even existed. How did an event get so much hype so quickly? Instagram marketing—it’s one of the newest, trendiest, and most affordable ways to market an event or product to an entire world of digital consumers. Unlike the now infamous Fyre Festival, Instagram Ads do exist , and so do beautifully crafted AE Promo Templates that can help you market on … Read more about Marketing on Social Media: 20 After Effects Promos for Your Instagram Ads

20 Blockbuster Movie Templates: Take on Tinseltown with A-List Intros

The 2017 movie season is well underway—but why save all the thrills for the big screen? Thanks to today’s tech, independent filmmakers can access studio-quality b-roll, mind-blowing special effects and engaging intros on less than a Los Angeles catering budget! So why not add a little movie magic to your next film project with our box-office inspired After Effects templates? Whether you’re looking for high-impact credit reels or a spine-chilling introduction, get the Hollywood look—minus the Hollywood budget.   The Future … Read more about 20 Blockbuster Movie Templates: Take on Tinseltown with A-List Intros

Your Holiday A.V. Toolkit: ‘Tis the Season for Templates and Audio Tracks Full of Cheer

With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to start rolling on festive video projects. Whether you’re sending animated greeting cards or looking for the right After Effects templates and audio for your family photo shoots, these visual and audio elements quickly add celebratory cheer to your projects. The toolkit below features After Effects and Apple Motion templates from both our membership library and contributor marketplace--plus essential holiday music tracks and loops from our sister site AudioBlocks--all curated to … Read more about Your Holiday A.V. Toolkit: ‘Tis the Season for Templates and Audio Tracks Full of Cheer

Coming Attractions: 11 Exclusive After Effects Templates Inspired by New Movies

From Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to Marvel’s Doctor Strange to Star Wars’ Rogue One, this film season is packed with excitement. But why save all the thrills for the big screen? With our new and exclusive box office-inspired After Effects templates, you can easily add a little movie magic to your next project. Drawing on iconic moments from this year’s most anticipated films, we’ve created template designs that truly capture the unique elements of each movie. From the esoteric spellcasting glyphs of Doctor Strange to the classic … Read more about Coming Attractions: 11 Exclusive After Effects Templates Inspired by New Movies

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 can exist. Like all artists, great directors borrow and build upon each other's techniques, allowing them to spend more time filmmaking and less time reinventing the wheel. For the best proof that … Read more about Why—and How—Great Directors Steal