Stock Footage of the Week: Videos and Templates to Fill Your Pot O’ Gold

Welcome back to our Stock Footage of the Week series where we discuss trending content and the latest trends. This week we’ve gathered a few of our favorite St. Patrick's Day footage clips and animations to get you in the carnival spirit. You see it happening already. "Kiss Me I'm Irish" shirts are swarming store displays along with green sequined hats and beads. Chalkboards outside the local pub are advertising specials on traditional Irish fare, and leprechauns dance through commercials more often than usual. You know what this … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: Videos and Templates to Fill Your Pot O’ Gold

Women Who Lead: Fierce Stock Footage for Your Galentine’s Day

Hallmark holiday or not, Valentine’s Day is a day when people around the world celebrate love. And while love comes in many forms, many of us can get caught up in outdated ideas about what love looks like—or that Valentine’s Day is just for couples. In case anyone missed it, the ladies are taking over this year—and they aren’t done yet! In that spirit, we’ve compiled a royalty-free stock footage collection that celebrates just what it means to be a “Galentine”. “What’s a Galentine,” you ask? Well, it’s pretty much the best thing … Read more about Women Who Lead: Fierce Stock Footage for Your Galentine’s Day

The Truth Is Out There, Just Not in Hollywood’s Portrayal of Space

News of flowing water on Mars was released during the same week that The Martian hit theaters. This made Andy Weir’s carefully researched picture of the planet somewhat obsolete. But The Martian is in good company—many of the best space films of all time are wrought with inaccuracies. Whether the result of new knowledge of the universe or an utter disregard for science, filmmakers have been fudging the truth about outer space for eons. Sure, certain iconic films like Star Wars ask the viewer to suspend disbelief and enter a world of laser … Read more about The Truth Is Out There, Just Not in Hollywood’s Portrayal of Space

The Sounds of Marvel Movies

Superfans really don’t enjoy it when you mess with their favorite characters or storylines—just ask George Lucas. Not only do fans of his Star Wars franchise continue to hold grudges over characters like Jar Jar Binks and the controversial reversal of Han’s shooting first, but they scrutinize and dissect every minute detail, from lightsaber design to the strength of Boba Fett’s armor. That’s exactly why the sound engineers behind The Avengers: Age of Ultron employed a team of no less than thirty individuals to get the sound just right, all … Read more about The Sounds of Marvel Movies

Great Film Schools NOT in New York or California

For most of the last century, there have been two great hubs of the entertainment industry: New York City and Los Angeles. As such, popular belief suggested that the only way to get a proper education in film and video was to migrate to either of these titanic towns. Even today, this myth is perpetuated as we continue to celebrate schools like UCLA, USC, and NYU above the rest. That’s not to say that these schools haven’t earned their reputations, but let’s face it—not everyone has the desire or the money to attend these prestigious … Read more about Great Film Schools NOT in New York or California

What Filmmakers Did Before Green Screens

In the dark ages before green screens, or blue screens, filmmakers had to rely on in-camera effects for their backgrounds. Often, this meant using matte paintings or static backdrops incapable of showing movement. Other times, particularly when films called for motion backgrounds of things like clouds and sunsets, it meant using something called front screen projection. What is Front Screen Projection? Quite simply, front screen projection refers to the broadcast of live background footage behind the foreground action or actors. (Think … Read more about What Filmmakers Did Before Green Screens

How to Earn Money Online Through Your Website or Blog

How to Earn Money Online Through Your Website or Blog Everyone wants to earn money online, but when it comes to putting in the work, few are able to sustain the effort that is needed. Profiting from a website or blog isn't rocket science, but it does take perseverance and a strategy. Below, we'll highlight a few strategies that will help you get your online income off the ground. Content While blogging may not be your thing, your website's search engine ranking will benefit from regular blog posts. There's always a way to spin blog posts … Read more about How to Earn Money Online Through Your Website or Blog

Why Every Kickstarter Project Needs (Good) Video

Why Every Kickstarter Project Needs (Good) Video 5 Tips for Creating Successful Crowdfunding Videos Kickstarter has been very vocal about pushing the importance of video in successful crowdfunding campaigns—and for good reason: their profits are drawn from a percentage of successful pledge funds. While launching a campaign without the aid of video isn’t against Kickstarter’s rules (yet), they do state rather explicitly in their handbook that video is a must have for effective campaigns; in fact, they list the medium first on their … Read more about Why Every Kickstarter Project Needs (Good) Video