Quit Your Day Job: Film Full Time with These Tips from the Pros

“Listen to your heart and do what brings you joy. For me that happens to be shooting stock. The joy and excitement of the process fuel my portfolio growth to the point where I don’t need to worry about slow times.” —Konstantin Sutyagin As we burn through those weekday blues, it’s easy to dream of another adventure. For those of us with a passion for film and video, the idea of successfully translating our “hobby” into a full time job seems too good to be true. That’s something other people do—people who don’t have a family, or who are … Read more about Quit Your Day Job: Film Full Time with These Tips from the Pros

A Beginner’s Guide to Shooting VR/360° Footage: Tips from the Pros at SubVRsive

VR isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. With film giants such as Steven Spielberg, Guillermo Del Toro, and Jon Favreau rallying behind the technology, it’s fair to say we can expect VR and 360 footage to reach new heights in the coming years. This seismic shift in video tech presents a brave new world for filmmakers and videographers—one which allows creatives to stretch the limits of their storytelling while presenting new and often intimidating challenges. Our partners Austin Mace and Ryan Thomas from SubVRsive have spent years … Read more about A Beginner’s Guide to Shooting VR/360° Footage: Tips from the Pros at SubVRsive

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

Turn Trends into Sales: How to Keep Your Portfolio Fresh, Current, and Profitable

In our recent How to Succeed in Stock Footage guide, we talked about keeping up with industry trends. But how do you translate that information into your work? We talked to some of our top-selling contributors to find out how they incorporate aesthetic, technology, and pop-culture trends into the business of selling stock footage. Here’s what they had to say:   1. Tracking Trends Data Top-selling contributors are vigilant when it comes keeping up with the latest themes in media. Most are looking for insight on a daily basis, and there … Read more about Turn Trends into Sales: How to Keep Your Portfolio Fresh, Current, and Profitable

How to Succeed in Stock Video 2.0: 5 New Tips for 2017

With more than three million clips to date, there’s a lot of amazing stock footage in our Contributor Marketplace to choose from—so what does it take to stand out from the crowd, get ahead, and make a sale? We polled top-selling contributors for their creative insight and business savvy into what it takes to make it big in the world of stock video. With their help, we’ve come up five important rules for stock filmmakers in 2017. Whether you’re just starting out in stock media or a seasoned pro, these tips can help you make the most of the … Read more about How to Succeed in Stock Video 2.0: 5 New Tips for 2017

How I Got the Shot: Capturing Breathtaking Aerial Footage of China’s Countryside

The chance to capture aerial footage of the expansive landscapes or cityscapes of China is an unusual, if not downright rare, experience. For VideoBlocks Marketplace contributor Stef Hoffer, it was an opportunity to see a country he loves and has traveled to a number of times from a wholly new perspective. Hoffer shares some of his most breathtaking drone shots with us, as well as a few tips for tourist filmmakers traveling to China.   VideoBlocks: What Inspired you to capture this footage? Hoffer: Over the span of a decade, I … Read more about How I Got the Shot: Capturing Breathtaking Aerial Footage of China’s Countryside

Announcing the Semi-Finalists in our Celebrate the World Challenge

Thank you to all who participated in our Celebrate the World challenge. We received entries showcasing different countries, cultures, religions and traditions from across the globe which reminds us how great it is have such an exciting and diverse community of contributors. Our judges have selected eleven semi-finalists. Check out the clips here and be sure to visit our Facebook page where you can vote for our Audience Choice Award. Our overall winner will be announced in December so stay tuned!   The Nominees Are:   Vote … Read more about Announcing the Semi-Finalists in our Celebrate the World Challenge