Videoblocks For Aspiring Writer/Directors
There are many forms of inspiration. Many ways to get over writer’s block, sit in the chair and create. For screenwriters, there are coffee shops and quiet park benches. There are screenwriting books, classic movies and a never ending stream of content online.
It’s different for the writer/director combo. Aspiring artists who wish to write and direct their own films can satisfy their need to write instantly. But the director has to wait until the day the cameras roll to truly employ their craft. There is pre-production but, if you’re like me, drawing is an impossible task and creating storyboards consists of bad stick figures. (Not GOOD stick figures. Bad stick figures.)
There is a tool out there that you might not have considered. Stock video, graphics and audio libraries. There’s an incredible collection of high quality video at your fingertips. Collecting visual elements to help you plan your film can be an extremely valuable resource.
Beyond that, imagine being able to comb through thousands of music tracks to find a tempo that fits your screenplay perfectly. You can start a collection of cinematic scores and add them to your existing musical muses. Directors can search libraries of gorgeous stock video (with many in 4K) and throw together a rough visual reel of that fits their vision. Stock libraries as an inexpensive yet extremely powerful pre-production tool.
That doesn’t include the obvious uses implementing stock elements in practical film projects, documentaries, short films and promotional vidoes.
Every shot in this video is from Videoblocks. The music track and sound effects are from Audioblocks. The entire video was made possible thanks to the gorgeous landscapes and atmospheric audio I found using these libraries. Something tells me Plan B (Using my phone to film street puddles and pass them off as rivers) just wouldn’t compare to gorgeous footage of mountains, waterfalls and more. These libraries aren’t limited to video elements either. In addition to stock footage, there are also green screen elements, After Effects projects, animated backgrounds, templates and so much more.
My use of these sites stretches far beyond the world of video as well. Many of the stock images on The Screenwriting Spark come from Graphicstock. All three of these libraries are massive and I haven’t left empty handed once. Combined they are a crucial part of my work flow in broadcast video, web video, corporate videos, web design and more.
Stock video, image and audio libraries are a fantastic visual tool to help you gather elements for your projects. But you don’t have to be a screenwriter/director to use them. Corporate videos, web content, YouTube channels, commercials and more all apply.
Why Videoblocks? The library is huge and constantly refreshed, you don’t have to worry about copyright claims, the price is very affordable and you can download as many resources as you want! No matter what type of writing/directing you do, getting a subscription to stock libraries will definitely help you find the shots, music and graphics you need to create something amazing.