We’ve all seen it—that cheesy, posed stock video. It’s that shot where the smile never meets the eyes, or where everything is just a little too perfect. It’s cliched and completely inauthentic. But the industry—and the world—is changing, and these days, more and more people are looking for videos that are diverse, relatable, and natural. As one of our top contributors of authentic lifestyle footage, we spoke to Ruslan Mykhalets of MStockAgency to get his top tips and tricks for ditching the cheesy look and producing … Read more about Avoid the Cheesy Look: Tips for Directing Talent from Videographer Ruslan Mykhalets
From psychological thrillers to heart-pounding action films, zooming has always been used to capture a far-away subject or fill a frame with a close up—but thanks to post production programs like After Effects, the zoom can now go beyond its normal, everyday usage to provide a unique twist to any video. Just think of the iconic dolly zoom in Vertigo or the crash zoom in Django Unchained during the introduction of Calvin Candie. Need a visual? This video shows you how zooming can be used in big name Hollywood … Read more about Tutorial: How to Create a Zoom Effect in After Effects
Welcome back to our Stock Footage of the Week series, where we discuss trending content and the latest events. We’ve all had that dream—we’re soaring through the air, gazing down over majestic oceans and snow-capped mountaintops. Or perhaps you’d prefer to glide through a maze of skyscrapers and perch atop the Empire State Building? Wherever your imagination takes you, the fact remains that we all dream of taking flight—so it’s really no wonder that aerial footage consistently ranks among of our top-trending royalty-free … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane!
An influx of action movie blockbusters are hitting the silver screen this summer and inspiring creators everywhere to get a little action packed into their summer productions, too. And who could blame them? Explosions, gunshots, and rollicking fist fights are thrilling—not to mention they get an audience’s adrenaline pumping. But not everyone has the big time budgets that Hollywood boasts! If you can’t hire top of the line After Effects artists, and if Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has his scheduled booked until 2050—we’ve got a better … Read more about Make Your Own Action Movie with These 14 Explosive Alpha Channel Effects
There is a photographic revolution happening in the skies above us. Aerial footage that would have once cost thousands of dollars to capture can now be shot more affordably than ever. Similar to the camera or the lighting rig, drones have become invaluable tools for videographers and photographers alike, allowing for perspectives that required a helicopter or crane in the past. By opening the capabilities of flight to a whole new class of independent filmmakers, drones are perfect for shooting video of majestic landscapes and man-made … Read more about Top 25 Most Awe-Inspiring Drone Footage Shots
“Sometimes I’d believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” —The Red Queen, Alice Through the Looking Glass The everyday can be so boring—why not be extraordinary? Great storytelling doesn’t always have to be realistic. Some of the most memorable films of our time are built on the idea that reality isn’t always what it seems: The Matrix, Inception, not to mention Harry Potter. The world is full of fantastic—and maybe slightly weird—possibilities. For filmmakers, dabbling outside of the ordinary can be … Read more about Top 10 Surrealist Videos: Stock Footage That Reimagines Creativity
It’s no secret that Hollywood has a “type.” Since the earliest days of the silver screen, the typical leading lady has been a carefully crafted being—the product of professional grooming, exceptional discipline, genetic favor, specific racial heritage, and a rigorous process of elimination—think Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe. In recent years, Photoshop and CGI have been added to the mix to ensure that not a blemish or stray hair mars our heroine’s impossible beauty. But this level of "perfection" is boring. Perfect isn’t real, and … Read more about Why It’s Important to Have Diverse Women in Stock Video
When it comes to stock footage, finding the perfect shot can require some digging. With millions of clips to choose from, how do you find exactly what you’re looking for? To make the process easier, we’ve launched a new Related Search Cards feature. What are Related Search Cards? Related Search Cards help you quickly discover alternative options when you don’t see what you need in your original search results. It especially comes in handy when you aren’t sure which search terms to use—allowing you to click through to search … Read more about Announcing Related Search Cards: A New Way to Find the Stock Footage You Need