Beginner’s Guide to Drone Flying for Filmmakers

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the awesome new drone you finally talked yourself into buying! The temptation of stunning aerial footage is too much for most filmmakers to stand. If you haven’t purchased your first drone yet, you probably will soon. The technology has reached cinematic quality and the footage coming from drones these days can make your jaw drop. But, nothing is ever as easy as it looks. Learning to fly a drone well takes practice and finesse, and it’s all too easy to crash and burn as a beginner. This guide will help you get … Read more about Beginner’s Guide to Drone Flying for Filmmakers

How to Grow YouTube Audiences and Revenue for Success

The best part of making a video isn’t using an expensive camera or watching your name scroll along in the credits—it’s getting the opportunity to make an impact on your audience. Whether you’re aiming for the big screen or not, there are incredible resources widely available today that can help bring your video to the masses. Ten years ago, you needed a deal from a major distributor to get a real shot at viewers outside of your immediate family. Today, it’s as easy as uploading your content to a website with a few tags and a bit of … Read more about How to Grow YouTube Audiences and Revenue for Success

Tech Meets Art: 10 Trending Video Styles for the Future of Filmmaking

If there’s one constant in filmmaking, it’s that things are always changing. Years ago when film editors were still making cuts with actual razors on an editing table, the idea of using a computer program to create a movie seemed outrageous—Hollywood pros had no desire to completely rework their process. But early adopters forged ahead, and here we are in an age when digital editing is the norm. These days, it would be crazy to try to cut and paste a film together by hand. Making movies today is faster, the video quality better, and … Read more about Tech Meets Art: 10 Trending Video Styles for the Future of Filmmaking

15 Destinations in Under a Minute: Travel the Globe with New Timelapse Footage

Who doesn’t want to be a master of time and space—and travel the world? With timelapse footage, we all can. While a photograph captures a single moment, timelapse footage captures thousands of tiny moments into a single fast-paced clip, transporting viewers into stunning fragments of time all over the globe. Inspired by the newest additions to our Membership Library, we’ve created a tour of more than 15 destinations to experience in under a minute. Time flows fluidly in these clips—this warping effect shifts audiences outside of … Read more about 15 Destinations in Under a Minute: Travel the Globe with New Timelapse Footage

5 Drool-Worthy Production Vehicles

It was love at first sight—while strolling through the massive NAB Show in Vegas last month, we spotted these beauties from across the room and just had to go over and say hello. There’s nothing that makes a videographer salivate more than badass (and usually crazy expensive) gear, so whether you’re in the market for a dead sexy production vehicle or just browsing, these sweet rides will have you fantasizing about filmmaking adventures.   KOCO “First Alert Storm Command” Truck Mother nature beware. Oklahoma City’s news team has a … Read more about 5 Drool-Worthy Production Vehicles

Chasing the Big Break: How Orion Owens Surfed to the #1 Spot with This Video

One look at Orion Owens’s VideoBlocks portfolio will have you California dreaming…or Maui dreaming...or Bali dreaming, for that matter. He’s a SoCal-based surfer, but the man behind Active Stock chases the break all over the world—funding his pursuits with the stock footage he films along the way. Owens seems to have already found the perfect wave, though, in this best-selling Marketplace shot that he captured while riding a picturesque swell.   Download Orion Owens’s POV surfing video   It’s easy to see why this clip is so … Read more about Chasing the Big Break: How Orion Owens Surfed to the #1 Spot with This Video

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

This House of Cards Title Sequence Is Made Entirely of Stock Footage

The battle for presidency is getting ruthless. The stakes are higher than ever, and everyone’s favorite political antihero will do and say anything—literally anything—to win. No, we’re not talking about the candidates running for president this year; we’re talking about Frank Underwood’s ongoing fight to retain the most powerful seat in Washington during the fourth season of House of Cards. Life imitates art in this Netflix megahit, but it’s not just the storyline that feels familiar. We noticed a number of parallels between the footage on … Read more about This House of Cards Title Sequence Is Made Entirely of Stock Footage