Stock Footage of the Week: Holding Your Ground

“No tree becomes rooted and sturdy unless many a wind assails it. For by its very tossing it tightens its grip and plants its roots more securely; the fragile trees are those that have grown in a sunny valley.” -Seneca the Younger   Welcome to the third installment of our new series, where we bring you stock footage to inspire your work week—and beyond. This week as we were browsing our top performing stock footage clips we came across a video of a tree growing from a steep and rocky mountainside. Even though we weren’t … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: Holding Your Ground

The Epic Training Montage Toolkit—How to Go the Distance with Stock Video

An ominous, overcast sky. Skyscrapers and streets speckled with graffiti. Every epic montage starts with an establishing shot or two of training grounds; the place where the hero will push the boundaries of his or her physical abilities in the pursuit of greatness. From Rocky to Creed and all the sports movies released in between, cinematic workout regimes tend to share common elements that make viewers want to “eat lightnin’ and crap thunder.” In the video below, we used five key editing techniques to show how to make an epic montage … Read more about The Epic Training Montage Toolkit—How to Go the Distance with Stock Video

Why—and How—Great Directors Steal

Great directors such as George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Nolan are under an enormous amount of pressure to innovate, yet much of their monumental success as directors rests equally upon imitation. Some say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; yet others say that life imitates art. Instead of being mutually exclusive, both can exist. Like all artists, great directors borrow and build upon each other's techniques, allowing them to spend more time filmmaking and less time reinventing the wheel. For the best proof that … Read more about Why—and How—Great Directors Steal