­­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

How to Succeed in Stock Video 2.0: 5 New Tips for 2017

With more than three million clips to date, there’s a lot of amazing stock footage in our Contributor Marketplace to choose from—so what does it take to stand out from the crowd, get ahead, and make a sale? We polled top-selling contributors for their creative insight and business savvy into what it takes to make it big in the world of stock video. With their help, we’ve come up five important rules for stock filmmakers in 2017. Whether you’re just starting out in stock media or a seasoned pro, these tips can help you make the most of the … Read more about How to Succeed in Stock Video 2.0: 5 New Tips for 2017

5 Tips For Capturing Epic GoPro Footage: How to Document Adventure Like a Pro

Owning a GoPro can make you the hero of your own adventure—your very own Evel Knievel—and we’re no stranger to curating epic visual tales in our stock footage library. From casual videographers and stuntmasters to the pros like Peter Jackson and Ridley Scott, GoPros have proven that thrilling, professional quality videos don’t have to come at a steep price. Is it any wonder that POV footage is 2017’s biggest trend in video? Gone are the days of bulky and burdensome camera rigs that made capturing high quality shots a living … Read more about 5 Tips For Capturing Epic GoPro Footage: How to Document Adventure Like a Pro

A Thank You from Joel: We Hit 3 Million Clips and We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You

A letter to our contributor community from VideoBlocks founder, Joel Holland.   I’ll get right to the point: Thank you, thank you, thank you! Because of you, the VideoBlocks Marketplace has surpassed 3 million premium stock video clips in under 2 years—an absolute record! Because of you, VideoBlocks is the fastest-growing stock video company in history. But we don't just want to be the "biggest" or "fastest." We want to be the best place for contributors to sell, because we truly believe that when the community wins, we win. I … Read more about A Thank You from Joel: We Hit 3 Million Clips and We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You

How I Got the Shot: Capturing Breathtaking Aerial Footage of China’s Countryside

The chance to capture aerial footage of the expansive landscapes or cityscapes of China is an unusual, if not downright rare, experience. For VideoBlocks Marketplace contributor Stef Hoffer, it was an opportunity to see a country he loves and has traveled to a number of times from a wholly new perspective. Hoffer shares some of his most breathtaking drone shots with us, as well as a few tips for tourist filmmakers traveling to China.   VideoBlocks: What Inspired you to capture this footage? Hoffer: Over the span of a decade, I … Read more about How I Got the Shot: Capturing Breathtaking Aerial Footage of China’s Countryside

Announcing the Semi-Finalists in our Celebrate the World Challenge

Thank you to all who participated in our Celebrate the World challenge. We received entries showcasing different countries, cultures, religions and traditions from across the globe which reminds us how great it is have such an exciting and diverse community of contributors. Our judges have selected eleven semi-finalists. Check out the clips here and be sure to visit our Facebook page where you can vote for our Audience Choice Award. Our overall winner will be announced in December so stay tuned!   The Nominees Are:   Vote … Read more about Announcing the Semi-Finalists in our Celebrate the World Challenge