How I Got the Shot: Pro Tips from the Filmmaker Behind our 750 New Aerials

We’ve all had that dream—the one where we are soaring high above the clouds or gliding through a cityscape at night. Thanks to 750 incredible new aerial clips by our contributor Julian Weiss, you can experience these dreams in the daytime. Weiss’s videos have been so popular in our Marketplace that we recently acquired hundreds of them for our subscription-based Unlimited Library, where members get unlimited downloads of stock video. But we also wanted to know the secret sauce behind Weiss’s high-flying footage. How does he capture … Read more about How I Got the Shot: Pro Tips from the Filmmaker Behind our 750 New Aerials

What You Need to Know About Our Contributor Agreement Update

Welcome to our new and improved Contributor Agreement! VideoBlocks has made a few updates to the agreement terms and have clarified some of the language to fully encompass how contributors sell with us today. We know legal terminology can be confusing so we’ve summarized the major updates to our agreement:   We’ve launched VideoBlocks Enterprise The biggest change made to the Contributor Agreement is the inclusion of our new Enterprise platform and its terms for pricing and commissions. VideoBlocks may price your content higher for … Read more about What You Need to Know About Our Contributor Agreement Update

Announcing the Winners of our #STOCKWORTHY Instagram Contest

Inspiration often strikes at unexpected moments, perhaps when you’re waiting for the bus or hanging out with a friend. A VideoBlocks contributor once told us that he looks for “stock worthy” footage every day, which prompted us to hold our #STOCKWORTHY Instagram contest—asking filmmakers and photographers to share the images and videos from their lives that embody the qualities that we value in stock, from composition to lighting to subject matter. Over the course of two weeks, we saw stunning entries from across the globe—including a cowboy … Read more about Announcing the Winners of our #STOCKWORTHY Instagram Contest

These Astro Time-lapses Are the Only Reason to Go Hiking at 3 A.M.

The night sky has largely been an afterthought for camera manufacturers, who tend to think in feet and meters rather than parsecs and light years. But that hasn't stopped VideoBlocks Marketplace contributors like Derrick Lytle, who regularly hikes through deserts in the wee hours of the morning to capture otherworldly astro time-lapse footage. Lytle is proof that you don’t need NASA’s Long Range Reconnaissance Imager to film outer space, nor the f/0.7 lenses NASA commissioned from Zeiss. Really, the only prerequisites are a functioning … Read more about These Astro Time-lapses Are the Only Reason to Go Hiking at 3 A.M.

This Ain’t No Coke Commercial—What It’s Like to Film Polar Bears in the Wild

A lot can go wrong when you’re filming in -50℉. “Your equipment can freeze up. Tripods get sluggish. Carbon fibre snaps. And when you take equipment from extreme cold to interior temps you have to watch for condensation,” says Patrick McGowan, filmmaker and founder of BlackBox Guild. And then there are the polar bears. McGowan was on assignment in Pond Inlet, Nunavut—one of the farthest reaches of Canadian Arctic territory—looking for narwhals when he ran into a wild polar bear for the first time. Rather than fear, McGowan felt awe—and he … Read more about This Ain’t No Coke Commercial—What It’s Like to Film Polar Bears in the Wild

Trump’s Veterans Video Gaffe: What the Stock Filmmaker Has to Say

Media blunders are a time honored tradition of election years, but Aleksandr Krivov—a VideoBlocks contributor from Russia—never expected his footage to become a part of U.S. political controversy. Donald Trump’s campaign used one of Krivov’s clips in a video honoring American veterans. The problem? It showed Russian World War II veterans—not American veterans. Krivov has a few things to say about his (in)famous clip and how it was used by the campaign. VideoBlocks: What was your reaction to seeing your footage in the news this … Read more about Trump’s Veterans Video Gaffe: What the Stock Filmmaker Has to Say

We Are the Fastest-Growing Stock Video Library EVER

It’s official—the VideoBlocks Marketplace is the fastest-growing stock video library ever. The Marketplace launched in April 2015 with 147,310 items and soared to 1 million clips on December 31, 2015. Our competitors took years to achieve this milestone. We did it in just eight months. There’s a reason why VideoBlocks outpaced the rest: we put contributors first by giving 100% commission to the filmmakers who sell their footage through our Marketplace. We now have over 8,000 stock videographers uploading content from 112 different countries … Read more about We Are the Fastest-Growing Stock Video Library EVER

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