Cinematic art is often reliant on stock video footage. Stock video footage provides scenes that otherwise would require expensive production trips and rights management, something independent filmmakers are unable to afford. When a filmmaker can locate stock video footage, though, they are able to include landscape scenes and the like that would otherwise be impossible.

Stock videos also allow filmmakers to ignore the true seasons of the year in their production schedules. If a scene calls for footage of a fall drive, the filmmaker does not have to wait until August or September to film that scene. They can simply locate stock footage of the autumn foliage, and incorporate that into their movie. The same applies to snow scenes or summer beach scenes; there is no need to wait until the right season to record these scenes when stock footage is available.

A little bit less common is the use of <a href=””>stock video</a> footage as a backdrop for a green-screen scene. The actors are filmed in front of the green screen or sometimes a blue screen, and the stock video footage is simply superimposed onto the green. This allows productions to depict scenes that otherwise might not be possible, such as a weather forecaster standing in front of a raging blizzard while wearing nothing more than a suit and tie.
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Production companies with large budgets often spend thousands of dollars on royalties and rights for the stock videos they use, but what about independent or hobbyist filmmakers? These filmmakers have just as much to contribute to the art as the major motion picture studios, but have a small fraction of the budget. For these filmmakers, free footage is their lifeblood. Without it, they cannot make their movies, and their contribution to the art is lost forever.

This is why it is important for movements like the Creative Commons Foundation to succeed and be supported. When you contribute your stock video footage to the Creative Commons, you help support an artist who might otherwise be totally bereft of the possibility of seeing his or her fantasy become a reality. By donating your work, you are getting recognition as an outstanding artist and you are helping another artist express himself or herself.

Contributing your stock video footage is simple and easy. All you have to do is upload it to a web site, such as Flickr or the like, and note that it is covered by a Creative Commons License. You can decide whether it's allowed to use your work in commercial ventures or not, and you can even lay out what method, if any, you want used to attribute your work to you.

If you're looking for ideas, <a href=””>video clip</a> try looking at some of the samples of free footage available throughout the web. You may want to duplicate a city-type scene, but within your own scene. Or perhaps you can just drive down the highway and have someone record the passing trees. Whatever you film, you can be sure that someone can find a use for it.


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