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
For most of us, the opportunity to explore Kenya and capture footage of the “Big Five” game animals may come once in a lifetime. But for VideoBlocks contributor and expert safari guide Steve Kuria Kinuthia, a.k.a. Bushman Steve, getting up close and personal with Africa’s wildest animals is just another day at the office. Kinuthia is the managing director at Bushman Adventures, a private wildlife safari operator located in Nairobi, Kenya. He first pursued his love for wildlife by studying zoology at Oxford College in the United Kingdom and … Read more about Around the World with 80 Contributors: Shooting Safari Footage in Kenya
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
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
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
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.
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
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