Chasing the Big Break: How Orion Owens Surfed to the #1 Spot with This Video

One look at Orion Owens’s VideoBlocks portfolio will have you California dreaming…or Maui dreaming...or Bali dreaming, for that matter. He’s a SoCal-based surfer, but the man behind Active Stock chases the break all over the world—funding his pursuits with the stock footage he films along the way. Owens seems to have already found the perfect wave, though, in this best-selling Marketplace shot that he captured while riding a picturesque swell.   Download Orion Owens’s POV surfing video   It’s easy to see why this clip is so … Read more about Chasing the Big Break: How Orion Owens Surfed to the #1 Spot with This Video

Footage to Feed Your Spring Fever

Spring—it’s a time for weddings, weekend getaways, and enjoying the great outdoors. Everyone is ready to come out of hibernation and find inspiration as winter’s grey melts away, revealing fresh earth and new ideas. It is the perfect time to bring life to your creative vision, and we have tons of great b-roll to work as the glue to your original footage. To help you get started, we’ve gathered our top spring-inspired video clips to showcase the potential the season brings. So shake off the dreary weather and dust off those drones; ‘tis the … Read more about Footage to Feed Your Spring Fever

Undercover Kylo Ren: Saturday Night Live’s Greatest Star Wars Parody?

Have you ever wondered what Stormtroopers and First Order officers talk about over lunch in the Starkiller Base canteen? Kylo Ren, commander of the First Order, certainly has—or so Saturday Night Live would like us to believe. Portrayed by Adam Driver, who hosted the episode of SNL and played the moody, Vader-esque villain in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren adopts the alias of “Matt the Radar Technician” and attempts to infiltrate the lower ranks of his employees. Though he may be strong with the dark side of the Force, Ren’s grasp on … Read more about Undercover Kylo Ren: Saturday Night Live’s Greatest Star Wars Parody?

Coming Soon to a Sock Near You: Stocking Stuffers for Filmmakers

From indie directors to home video aficionados, everyone has a filmmaker to shop for during the holidays. We all know that good things come in small packages, so we put together a stocking stuffer gift guide for filmmakers. These miniature presents are sure to knock the socks off of your resident cinematographer—and make shooting video all the merrier. Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density (ND) Filter $149 at B&H Photo This ND filter allows filmmakers to not only balance out light, but also take full control over depth of field. … Read more about Coming Soon to a Sock Near You: Stocking Stuffers for Filmmakers

Stock Filmmaker Toolkit: Medical Drama Edition

With the Fall primetime television season now well underway, we’ve been inspired by that perennial favorite of primetime diets, the medical drama. High stakes operations, strange diseases, and the chaotic lives of hospital doctors—what’s not to love? So whether your style is more E.R. or Grey’s Anatomy, we’ve gathered the best of our stock medical footage from our Unlimited Library to get your adrenaline (and your creativity) flowing. Eye-Catching Medical Animations In recent years, medical television shows have gone beyond skin deep with … Read more about Stock Filmmaker Toolkit: Medical Drama Edition

This Awesome Memorial Only Works on Veterans Day

Once a year—on Veterans Day—the Anthem Veterans Memorial just outside of Phoenix, Arizona comes to life at precisely 11:11 AM. The sun’s rays align with its five pillars to briefly illuminate a glass mosaic medallion of the Great Seal of the United States. The memorial was conceived by retired Rear Adm. Ronald D. Tucker in 2009 and designed by Renee Palmer-Jones, a local artist. It was dedicated on November 11, 2011 with an opening ceremony and has since been designated a historic landmark. But perhaps the greatest recognition to come to … Read more about This Awesome Memorial Only Works on Veterans Day

Crowdfunding 101

When platforms like Kickstarter initially gained traction in 2008 and 2009, Hollywood approached crowdfunding with due skepticism. It’s taken several years of testing the waters—and notable victories from industry regulars including Spike Lee (Da Sweet Blood of Jesus) and Zac Braff (Wish I Was Here)—but pursuing crowdfunding for films has finally moved into the mainstream as an accepted fundraising avenue for both big name filmmakers and newer artists. A Tradition of Creative Funding    The need for unconventional revenue streams isn’t … Read more about Crowdfunding 101

Crafting Terror: Wes Craven and Directing Horror

Horror, as a genre, is essential. It can often be written off as schlocky or superficial, but in the right hands, a well-crafted scary story provides us with a cathartic release that reminds us we're human. When it reaches the heights of fine art, horror can be a visceral mirror through which to look at the darkest, hidden, or ignored parts of society. Wes Craven was a master of this kind of brutal satire. He was an intellectual, a former humanities professor who could look beyond the macabre, but who did such a fine job of chilling our … Read more about Crafting Terror: Wes Craven and Directing Horror