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 … 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

Banjo Flamethrowers and Cello Cannons: Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper” Cover Gives New Meaning to an Explosive Performance

Music cover videos have been a staple of YouTube since its inception, but Rob Scallon presents us with a piece unlike anything you’ve ever heard—or seen! His unique banjo cover of Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper” (a traditional heavy metal composition) is a novel enough reason to warrant a click. From the fancy finger work down to an impressive riff solo midway through, Scallon’s musical expertise really shines—including shots of his audio capture program recording in the background is also a neat touch of detail. (Warning: Video contains battle … Read more about Banjo Flamethrowers and Cello Cannons: Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper” Cover Gives New Meaning to an Explosive Performance

Creativity on the Go: How Mobile is Changing the Creative Process

Creativity is as natural an instinct as eating and breathing—which is why the creative process so quickly evolves to mirror our everyday lifestyles. Rock legend Kurt Cobain once famously said, “When creativity flows, it flows. I find myself scribbling on little notepads, and pieces of loose paper, which results in a very small portion of my writings to ever show up in true form.” These days, the closest notepads artists have at hand are their mobile devices. While these high res screens and imaginative apps lack the nostalgic romance … Read more about Creativity on the Go: How Mobile is Changing the Creative Process

Watch the Winning Clips From Our Creator to Creator Challenge

What makes for a winning creative shot? In the words of top-selling contributor Radosław Frankowski from Motion.PL, it takes good light, a talented model, a great location, and—just sometimes—a little extra luck. “You press the record button at the right time to capture something truly great.” That’s something the filmmakers behind the winning clips for our new collection know a little about. This month we’ve launched our newest collection of artistic animations and creative lifestyle footage: Creator to Creator. The footage … Read more about Watch the Winning Clips From Our Creator to Creator Challenge

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