Avoid the Cheesy Look: Tips for Directing Talent from Videographer Ruslan Mykhalets

We’ve all seen it—that cheesy, posed stock video. It’s that shot where the smile never meets the eyes, or where everything is just a little too perfect. It’s cliched and completely inauthentic. But the industry—and the world—is changing, and these days, more and more people are looking for videos that are diverse, relatable, and natural. As one of our top contributors of authentic lifestyle footage, we spoke to Ruslan Mykhalets of MStockAgency to get his top tips and tricks for ditching the cheesy look and producing high-quality, realistic … Read more about Avoid the Cheesy Look: Tips for Directing Talent from Videographer Ruslan Mykhalets

The Best Gear for On-the-Go

Picture this: You’re about to go on the destination footage trip of a lifetime, but you can’t bring all of your favorite equipment with you—we’ve all been there. Which camera should I bring? Will I need this lens or that one? Next thing you know, you’re sitting on your luggage, using all your strength to fit the zipper around your folded up tripod. Traveling can be stressful—especially if you’re a videographer or photographer. Not only do you want to make sure you have the right gear, but you also want to make sure it stays safe. … Read more about The Best Gear for On-the-Go

Artist Spotlight: Oleksandr Smaglov and Radosław Frankowski

We’re featuring artists from our new Creator to Creator collection--Oleksandr Smaglov and Radosław Frankowski. With fresh stock footage that reflects our creative community, this collection focuses on energetic and social media-drive lifestyle clips that resonate with the next generation of creators.   Olkesandr Smaglov   … Read more about Artist Spotlight: Oleksandr Smaglov and Radosław Frankowski

Quit Your Day Job: Film Full Time with These Tips from the Pros

“Listen to your heart and do what brings you joy. For me that happens to be shooting stock. The joy and excitement of the process fuel my portfolio growth to the point where I don’t need to worry about slow times.” —Konstantin Sutyagin As we burn through those weekday blues, it’s easy to dream of another adventure. For those of us with a passion for film and video, the idea of successfully translating our “hobby” into a full time job seems too good to be true. That’s something other people do—people who don’t have a family, or who are … Read more about Quit Your Day Job: Film Full Time with These Tips from the Pros

Get Featured in Our June Collection

Photo credit: Kevin Klopper / Visualmagic   This June, we’re celebrating creators with a special campaign and curated collection to share with our members. We’ll be selecting work to match the collection theme and we want to give you a chance to participate! Enter our submission challenge to showcase your best lifestyle shots featuring artists, creators, and creative or animated templates with an artistic spin. The challenge opens today! To enter, simply send up to ten clips representing this theme to submissions@videoblocks.com by … Read more about Get Featured in Our June Collection

­­ProTips and Gear Advice for Capturing Water Footage

by Chris Chitaroni A top-selling contributor in our video marketplace, Chris Chitaroni has a lot of experience capturing water on film. We asked him to share his favorite tips and advice for filmmakers looking to work with this fun—but sometimes tricky—element.   I’m not sure why I ever chose to shoot as many watery scenes as I have—but when you look at my stock footage portfolio it becomes evident very quickly that I’ve spent a lot of time getting wet. Liquid is an awesome element to have in front of the lens. It … Read more about ­­ProTips and Gear Advice for Capturing Water Footage

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Marketplace Awards

Here at VideoBlocks, we believe that “When the community wins, we win.” This means that we live and breathe for our creative community of filmmakers, artists, and contributors—we are a stock footage company founded by creatives for creatives, and we’re always looking for new ways to celebrate the talent, innovation, and artistry of our contributors. That’s why this year we’re introducing the first ever Marketplace Awards. Our video Marketplace is the fastest-growing on the internet, with filmmakers uploading and selling their footage from … Read more about Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Marketplace Awards

Turn Trends into Sales: How to Keep Your Portfolio Fresh, Current, and Profitable

In our recent How to Succeed in Stock Footage guide, we talked about keeping up with industry trends. But how do you translate that information into your work? We talked to some of our top-selling contributors to find out how they incorporate aesthetic, technology, and pop-culture trends into the business of selling stock footage. Here’s what they had to say:   1. Tracking Trends Data Top-selling contributors are vigilant when it comes keeping up with the latest themes in media. Most are looking for insight on a daily basis, and there … Read more about Turn Trends into Sales: How to Keep Your Portfolio Fresh, Current, and Profitable