Video Blocks Makes Convention Debuts

Video Blocks is excited to announce that we are making our inaugural debut at TWO high profile conventions this year. Over the next few weeks we'll be gearing up to head to SXSW in Austin, Texas, followed by an exciting trip to Las Vegas for the 2013 NAB Convention. These exciting new opportunities will allow us to interact face-to-face with some of the brightest minds in the video industry! Here's a little bit more about the conferences and where you can find us!   SXSW--Austin, … Read more about Video Blocks Makes Convention Debuts

2013 Scientific and Technical Academy Awards

Oscar season is right around the corner, but its not just the big Hollywood stars that are getting recognition. The Academy also gives away some distinct honors in scientific and technical achievements in film. Unlike the mainstream awards that are given only for accomplishments in the previous calendar year, the science and technology awards are given to innovators and companies who have made a lasting impact in the field, regardless of the year. Take some time to familiarize yourself with this year's honorees. Technical Achievement Award … Read more about 2013 Scientific and Technical Academy Awards

The Best and Worst 2013 Super Bowl Commercials

The game was pretty good, the half time show was (insert obligatory Beyonce blackout joke here), and the commercials...well, they were there, too. I think the best way to describe this year's Super Bowl commercials is "meh". There were a few that stood out, but overall they lacked a good amount of creativity and wow-factor. Nonetheless, we were able to pick out a few of our favorites, as well as some of our lease favorites, to recap this year's commercial entertainment.   The Good Tide: Miracle … Read more about The Best and Worst 2013 Super Bowl Commercials

Independent Hits: The New Road to Oscar Glory

With the Golden Globes behind us and the Academy Awards ahead, we find ourself caught in the flurry that is award show season. While we can argue if these awards really have any cultural significance or if they're just trophies to boost celebrity egos, I think we can agree that this time of year helps those of us in the video industry look a little closer at current trends. For years these award shows have been predictable beasts, but over the past few years we've seen some new tendencies emerge. Specifically, we're talking about the popularity … Read more about Independent Hits: The New Road to Oscar Glory

StoryCorps and the Power of Audio

We'll be the first to admit that we are video centric people. Heck, our name is Video Blocks. Because of that, we often overlook how powerful audio can be, and how momentous it can become when telling a story. Luckily our reintroduction to an amazing nonprofit organization called StoryCorps has helped us get back in touch with the importance of audio and how it can sometimes be the catalyst for extraordinary video. About StoryCorps According to its website, StoryCorps is a private, non profit group whose mission is to provide Americans of … Read more about StoryCorps and the Power of Audio

Best Director Snubs: What it Means for the Oscars and the Industry

Yesterday's Oscar nominations came with very few surprises...except in the category of Best Director. The lack of recognition for some of Hollywood's biggest names proved to be the shot heard around the entertainment industry. Most specifically, people were outraged that Ben Affleck was not included for his work in Argo (though he was awarded a Critics Choice Award later that night in the same category) and female director powerhouse Kathryn Bigelow failed to get nominated for her vision in Zero Dark Thirty. Ironically, both movies mentioned … Read more about Best Director Snubs: What it Means for the Oscars and the Industry

Sound Effects for Free

Once again, Video Blocks is excited to announce that we are sponsoring another great website for free media content! This time we're focusing on audio with a great new site called Sound Effects for Free. Here's a quick look at all of the features on this new site and what makes it special! www.soundeffectsforfree.com The domain name says it all! This is your one stop shop for free sound effects. The great thing about this site is how it is organized. Unlike other free sound effect websites where you have to manually browse individual … Read more about Sound Effects for Free

Will Video Editors Like the New 2012 iMacs?

After way too much delay, Apple's new 2012 iMacs are finally available for order. Though they barely squeaked by their November deadline, many people (especially video editors) feel that this updated model is way overdue. The new design has been streamlined and is sure to please new consumers, but what about it specifically will speak to video editors? Here are a few features that we like in the new model:   Thinner Design Sure, thin is great, but it's more than just the aesthetic value that makes this aspect of the new iMac great. … Read more about Will Video Editors Like the New 2012 iMacs?