Tuesday, March 21, 2017

POND 5, BUY AND SELL DIGITAL FOOTAGE

At the moment, the website that has the world’s largest collection of stock footage is no other than Pond5, a marketplace for royalty-free media. This site has become the go-to option for numerous producers of digital media to buy and sell.

A Grand Selection to Increase the Value of Your Content

On Pond5, you will find millions of stock footage, audio, and images that will help stimulate your creativity in different aspects and thus achieve more original content in order to create a greater impact among all of your potential clients. 



Royalty-Free Stock Video at Pond5
The 411 on Pond5

Pond5 emerged in 2006 in New York, as a digital content agency that commercialized royalty-free videos. The success of the company resulted in the extension of its catalog; therefore, it started offering customers photographs, audio, and sound effects, too.

In the year 2013, the company acquired Pixmac and this merger allowed it to considerably increase its repertoire, becoming the biggest in the field. Since it is translated into more than 12-languages, it is visited on a daily basis by individuals from different parts of the globe.

Currently, Pond5 provides digital resources to many of the world's leading brands, including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, ABC, Weather Channel, and even National Geographic. In the network you will be able to find hundreds of agencies that offer audiovisual material.

Positive Review Galore

Ever since it was introduced to the public, Pond5 has been able to obtain numerous positive reviews, which indicates that most of its users have been satisfied with the material that they have obtained from it. Many consumers have highlighted the originality and good quality videos that are present on Pond5, emphasizing that they will continue to utilize its services.



Earn Money on Pond5

As a digital film maker, you cannot only buy footage on Pond5, but you can also sell it. Once you upload all of the creative work you want to sell, you will be able to set your own price, and once it goes live for the world to see, you will be able to earn 50% of each sale. You will be able to sell your work, without selling out!

Other Ways to Make Money on Pond5

If you have a blog or website, you can earn money by helping spread the word about Pond5. You simply have to register on the page and choose a banner to place on your site . . . that’s all! Each of the people who register through your referral link will earn you money. You will receive 5% of the total amount of purchases that each of your referrals has made in a year. If you do not have a blog or website, you can also earn money by recommending Pond5 to your friends and family via email.

Pond5 Keeps Standing out from the Rest

Just by entering the site you will realize that Pond5 provides quality and original content. All the footage is divided into categories, making it easier to search for what you are looking for. If you want your work to be professional, the sound effects must be impeccable and in Pond5 you will find them, from epic, footsteps, fire, explosions, and water sounds . . . whatever sound you want . . . you will more than likely find it on Pond5, which is just another reason what it keeps standing out from the rest.
Royalty-Free Stock Video at Pond5

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Found Footage 3d Screening

For the found footage genre to survive some people are going to have to take risk. This film, Found Footage 3d, was a risk and so far if word of mouth can be believed then that risk has paid off. Check out the trailer and try to check out one of the upcoming screenings.





You can visit the official site by clicking here.   






Tuesday, October 18, 2016

FILMMAKING, LEARNING IS ABOUT MISTAKES


“I counsel you, put down in record even your doubts and surmises. Hereafter it may be of interest to you to see how true you guess. We learn from failure, not from success.” ― Bram Stoker, Dracula


Before we begin, if there is anyone who wishes to do a guest blog post about a film project that they are working on you can contact me by leaving a comment at the bottom.

Now we are going to look at the learning power of failure. Film making unlike almost any other endeavor, is an exercise in trial and error. You get take after take to get a scene right. Before it was very expensive when film was used, but now with digital cameras and audio recording we can try and try again until perfection is found. The video that I would like to show you was shot around 2011 and the film maker made a ton of mistakes that he is happy to share with us.


  


     
 You as a film maker can help other film makers by recording behind the scenes footage and going over what worked and the mistakes that you learned from. One of the best interviews that I ever did was with a found footage film maker who made the mistake of shooting with multiple cameras and while not using the same frame rate. The editing process turned into a nightmare that took months rather than weeks. Always keep in mind that low-budget filmmaking is about learning a process. It is more difficult than big budget filmmaking because we can not solve every problem that pops up by throwing money at them. This a business where learning is everything. As the technology changes, you should learn and adapt along the way.


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

FOUND FOOTAGE, THE STATE OF THE GENRE ADDRESS

 


What qualifies me to give the state of Found Footage film making address? 

Have I ever made one? 

God no.

 Would I make on? 

Sure, but not in the horror genre and not pure found footage. 

Now back to the address. I am qualified because I spend almost an entire year writing a book on the subject. I interview dozens of low budget filmmakers for the book and sat through almost two hundred found footage films. I am a found footage war vet. I am the American Sniper of found footage films. When one is about to come out I get sent trailers and screening passes. I watch the trailers and never go to the screenings. Well until I got a pass for the new Blair Witch. I try my best to encourage film makers and rarely criticize them, but in this case... WHAT THE HELL? Scream, fall down dead and get dragged away. Lucky we have multiple cameras present or else we would not be able to scream, fall down dead and get dragged away some more and more and more and again. We are talking Eat, Sleep, Suplex, repeat.

  

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  The state of found footage on the big screen comes down to this that during the last three years the only film maker who cracked the code (I am from Philly and have seen the guy) is that legendary waster of movie goers time and studio's money M. Night. Yeah, The Visit points us in a direction that we needed to go if we are going to save this genre for future generation to suffer through. It works because it broke the unwritten rule about death. The leads do not have to die. The kids in that film survive because they behave like human beings, not puppets, when trouble strikes they actual use reason to survive it. I suppose that the lesson from the Visit takes us back to the first Blair witch Project. The movie is character-driven. The kids drive the film in the same way that heather drove the events in The Blair Witch. These two movies also have natural humor. Think about both films and I would bet that you can recall every major character in the films. Can you do that with any other found footage film? Maybe Paranormal activity, but come on there are only two real people in the first movie. Perhaps character driven is the way to go save this genre. 

 
 

  Found footage films are still films. To make a good found footage film you have to go out and make a good film that happens to be found footage. Go found footage only if it enhances the story like in the movie End of Watch. Remember there is also the footage film where no one was harming during the making of the film. With the ability to shoot world class footage with a smartphone the possibilities are endless. To conclude this post I believe that going back into the past to try to copy the success of the Blair Witch Project was a tactical mistake that will hurt the genre in the short term while looking into the past for inspiration in the form of another new film could be part of the answer.  Operation Avalanche.

 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Film School with Werner Herzog and Other Filmmakers

Film School with Werner Herzog and Other Filmmakers

I have mixed emotions about a director who has on many occasions put the lives of his cast and crew at risk. I have mixed emotions about a director who is fond of hiring Klaus Kinski to carry more than one film. His daughter Nastassja would be another story, but Klaus was a talented actor who was under the best of circumstances a lunatic. 

Back to the subject of this digital film making post, Werner Herzog is offering you a chance to learn from the master. You can learn film making from him in a course that he offers. If he is one of your favorite film makers I would jump at the chance to learn from him if I were you. Hitchock use to teach film when he lived in LA. and I would have killed for a chance to sit in his classroom. 

 Let’s first have a look at who this film maker is. 




Now 10 questions for the famous film maker.

Next the trailer for his course. You can find a link to the course by clicking on the trailer.


 

 When I want a master class of film making I watch a great film. I visit the film makers who understood that film and art could walk hand in hand. Not every artist realizes that they are making art while it is happening, but there are a few who know it and still manage to do it well. Here is a glimpse at the work of one such film maker. The class can be found in his few films. YasujirĂ´ Ozu was an amazing film maker who understood stillness and shot (for you camera buffs) almost totally with a 50mm lens. He chose this because this comes closes to the human eye.

 

Thank you for visiting. Now go out and find a great filmmaker and study them whether they offer you an actual course or a few films as a masterclass. Good luck and remember to share this post on your Google plus and to follow me there. 





Saturday, June 18, 2016

GROWING AS A FILM MAKER, JAMES WAN

GROWING AS A FILM MAKER, James Wan
 A few weeks about I found myself at a screening for the film Conjuring 2. I did not want to be there because I did not love the first one and the sequel rule (sequels usual suck) was ringing in my head, but I went because it was free tickets. Well it turned out that I loved the sequel. It was a much better film that the first and I chalk this up to the fact that the filmmaker had improved since the first film.

 I give the filmmaker most of the credit because I thought that the first script was better than that of the sequel, but not nearly as well shot. Filmmakers like athletes should get better with practice. They should learn and grow. This thought made me consider doing this post. Let’s begin with Saw. He directed the short film version as a pitch for the feature. Something that many micro budget filmmakers have done. 

 





 Next came Insidious, a very effective horror film. I did not like the last act, but still a good film. 


I think that horror is like composing music. Hitchcock described suspense that way. He would imagine himself as a conductor and the audience his orchestra. There is a rhythm that a good horror movie must have. When it is there you do not notice it and when it is missing you find a thousand things wrong with it. For me the Conjuring has a great many good scenes, but lacks rhythm. While the sequel has nearly perfect rhythm.


  


  

 Thank you for visiting my blog. Please share this post and if the Conjuring 2 interested you as much as it did me take a few moments to check out my new ebook on the story behind the script, the Enfield Poltergeist. You can find it at itunes and Kobo and B&N, click image below. Good luck with your filmmaking.