Take The Road Less Traveled: Explore Best-Selling Nature Footage of Changing Seasons

Burnt orange, coral, goldenrod, and ruby: for much of the world, these are only a few of the vibrant jewel tones that dominate autumn, inspiring filmmakers to capture beautiful nature stock footage. Color plays a critical role in the changing of seasons—it can even be its own story. From Francis Ford Coppola and Stanley Kubrick to Ang Lee and Wong Kar-Wai, the history of filmmaking is studded with directors and cinematographers who use color and light to tell complex and layered stories about the human experience. Inspired by these … Read more about Take The Road Less Traveled: Explore Best-Selling Nature Footage of Changing Seasons

Take a Stock Footage Tour of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” Season 8

There’s no list of “best jobs in the world” that doesn’t mention Anthony Bourdain—he’s like the Keith Richards of the food and travel world. This chef/author/cultural journalist went from an aging cook in the underbelly of New York’s restaurant industry to a hugely successful TV personality who spends his days exploring the far corners of the world and nomming on delicacies in the company of fascinating locals. Who wouldn’t want that gig? The newest season of his show, “Parts Unknown,” airs this Sunday, September 25, and because we … Read more about Take a Stock Footage Tour of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” Season 8

This Is What a Cruise Through the Game of Thrones Kingdoms Looks Like

Norovirus is the the last thing to worry about on a cruise through the Seven Kingdoms. If the white walkers don’t get you, then the Boltons probably will. But the scenery and exotic locales of the Game of Thrones world make the risk of death and dismemberment (almost) worth it. HBO films its series in some of the furthest reaches of Europe, from Iceland to Croatia, and inspired us to create a “faux” travel promo made almost entirely of stock. We used actual shots of iconic Ice and Fire filming locations—including where Daenerys and Drogo … Read more about This Is What a Cruise Through the Game of Thrones Kingdoms Looks Like

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

4 Stock Filmmakers to Follow on Instagram

Instagram is fast becoming the favored social platform for photographers and videographers. Our globe-trotting Marketplace contributors are no exception, so here are a few profiles from our top-selling filmmakers (in no particular order). Whether you’re looking to satisfy wanderlust or see what’s trending in stock footage, these four videographers will add serious oomph to your IG feed.   Derrick Lytle @derricklytle Derrick captures time lapse footage across the American southwest. His portfolio brings a whole new meaning to the … Read more about 4 Stock Filmmakers to Follow on Instagram

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

Around the World with 80 Contributors: Pittsburgh, PA

In the five months since launching the VideoBlocks Marketplace, we’ve welcomed 5,700 contributors from 111 countries into our ranks. With over half a million clips uploaded so far, we thought it would be fitting to highlight the stories of the filmmakers behind the stock footage. So, we decided to launch a new series: Around the World with 80 Contributors. Our video voyage starts with James Orlowski—a Pittsburgh-based contributor with an eye for cinematic shots. First Stop: James Orlowski in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Download this time lapse … Read more about Around the World with 80 Contributors: Pittsburgh, PA