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

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

How to Succeed in Stock Video

NOW HIRING: Curious adventurers with a knack for videography. Unlimited world travel included. No boss, no dress code, no restrictions. That’s the life of a stock filmmaker. You follow your whims across the world, building a portfolio of stunning footage along the way. After editing, you simply upload your clips to the VideoBlocks Marketplace and wait for your 100% commission checks to roll in. There’s no catch—thousands of videographers make their living like this. However, owning a nice camera does not equate to success in stock. It … Read more about How to Succeed in Stock Video

Where Filmmakers Learn: The Best in Tutorials, Tools, and Classes

Got a great idea for a video project but want a filmmaking primer first? We’ve gathered thirteen of the best film resources to get you started. Whether you’re a seasoned cinematographer searching for new techniques or you’ve only just picked up a camera for the first time, these online tutorials, blogs, and tools will get your creativity in gear—and help you make the most of our Unlimited Library.   Classes and Tutorials from the Pros Lynda Lynda is a one-stop-shop for design and technology classes, all suited to a variety of … Read more about Where Filmmakers Learn: The Best in Tutorials, Tools, and Classes

Make Great Videos Without After Effects: 5 Tips for Using Animoto

Good news for those new to video editing—you don’t need After Effects to complete a great movie project. Contrary to common misconceptions, creating custom videos does not require years of training and advanced software. Programs like Animoto make it easy to produce professional business promos, wedding videos, and much more without the learning curve.   If you’re inspired to use our footage but intimidated by editing software, Animoto is a fun and cost-effective platform for filmmaking—and it works on both computers and mobile devices. You … Read more about Make Great Videos Without After Effects: 5 Tips for Using Animoto

Around the World with 80 Contributors: Kraków, Poland

It’s rare to capture a perfect, unexpected moment on film. Imagine you’re skiing down a slope in the Dolomites, when you happen upon two reindeer locking antlers. Unless you keep your camera strategically tucked inside your jacket, you’d miss it. But B. Targosz keeps his camera closer than Santa keeps cookies—and he’s quick on the draw. Watch two reindeer engage in a playful battle That’s how he managed to get such stunning footage of reindeer battling on the side of a snowy mountain. While on vacation in Italy, Targosz saw the … Read more about Around the World with 80 Contributors: Kraków, Poland

10 Essential Gifts For Student Filmmakers

Getting a start in filmmaking requires a lot of pricey gear—not to mention the possible cost of tuition. Most aspiring auteurs struggle to shoulder the investment, so we put together a gift guide for student filmmakers that will help bring big screen dreams to fruition. Unlike a brand new camera or lens, these ideas won’t break the bank, but they will inject some inspiration into winter break (and future semesters).   Cloud Storage Subscription There are three key steps to avoiding the heartbreak of lost footage: 1) save, 2) backup, … Read more about 10 Essential Gifts For Student Filmmakers