Get Featured in Our June Collection

Photo credit: Kevin Klopper / Visualmagic   This June, we’re celebrating creators with a special campaign and curated collection to share with our members. We’ll be selecting work to match the collection theme and we want to give you a chance to participate! Enter our submission challenge to showcase your best lifestyle shots featuring artists, creators, and creative or animated templates with an artistic spin. The challenge opens today! To enter, simply send up to ten clips representing this theme to submissions@videoblocks.com by … Read more about Get Featured in Our June Collection

Branding 101 for Creators: How to Establish Your Distinct Creative Identity

The door is wide open for creators, but the competition can be fierce. Developing a distinctive identity is key to turning your creative pursuits into a career. The art may come naturally, but marketing your stock footage may not. Your brand is the essence of your company. If you want customers as passionate about your product as you are, you need a strong and consistent voice. We spoke with Johannes Oppewal, a VideoBlocks contributor and founder of TravelTelly (now TellyVision), about how he developed a compelling identity for his growing … Read more about Branding 101 for Creators: How to Establish Your Distinct Creative Identity

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Marketplace Awards

Here at VideoBlocks, we believe that “When the community wins, we win.” This means that we live and breathe for our creative community of filmmakers, artists, and contributors—we are a stock footage company founded by creatives for creatives, and we’re always looking for new ways to celebrate the talent, innovation, and artistry of our contributors. That’s why this year we’re introducing the first ever Marketplace Awards. Our video Marketplace is the fastest-growing on the internet, with filmmakers uploading and selling their footage from … Read more about Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Marketplace Awards

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

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.

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

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

Around the World with 80 Contributors: Kuala Lumpur

Mosques and skyscrapers carve a jagged silhouette into the horizon above the dense greenery of banyan trees. Passersby follow their noses into hawker centers full of street food vendors. This is Kuala Lumpur—a hub of Southeast Asia that’s both energetic and enchanting. Here, the well of inspiration for filmmakers never runs dry. That’s why Hafiz Ismail, a VideoBlocks Marketplace contributor, still lives in his native city rather than an industry epicenter like Hollywood. You can’t quite recreate the magic of Kuala Lumpur, not even with … Read more about Around the World with 80 Contributors: Kuala Lumpur