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How to use Stock Footage like a Professional Filmmaker | Guest Writer: Ciaran Grant

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How to use Stock Video Footage like a Professional Filmmaker

Drone stock video footage - a powerful tool!

Stock footage is a powerful tool for any creative. However, being able to weave it into your story for maximum impact may require a little more creativity than just filling your timeline with the stuff.

We can take the same piece of footage, but create completely different outcomes and feelings by using some simple techniques whilst in the edit.

Let’s say the first scene of our film is this stock drone shot of a mountain.

Moody scenes and ominous vibes!

For our first example, imagine our film is a gritty crime drama packed full of emotion. To fit the genre, we could take all the vibrancy out of the original image and send it to a much more desaturated, moody destination.

Next we frame the image with a 2:35:1 letterbox and pair it with dark, ambient sound design full of synthesised strings and horns. Now the mountain is ominous. What danger awaits?

How to use stock video footage like a professional filmmaker

OR…

Summer scenes and reminiscent vibes!

We might have fond memories of that summer hike we took with our mates before the lockdown (back in the 90s). You know, one of those classic coming of age stories set during an endless summer?! Let’s take our footage to that place.

First, we push the saturation further and make everything pop and come alive!

Second, we change the flavour of the synthesisers and give it a nostalgic 4:3 framing.

Remember the good times guys?!

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This editing exercise uses some simple techniques, but really showcases the versatility of well shot stock footage, and how it can be adapted to enhance your storytelling and overall video project.

VReel’s curated collections of drone stock video footage are handpicked and ready to be utilised in your next video project. All videos are supplied with a royalty-free license, which means you can use the clips in any kind of project you like. Yes! Even the commercial ones!

Ciaran’s Bio – Ciaran is a freelance video creative and expert, specialising in post production editing, colour work and sound design. His portfolio consists of an eclectic body of work, including music videos, advertisements, marketing campaigns and social impact videos. To find out more about Ciaran visit his website and follow him across his social channels.

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We came across you and your brother through your drone flying when VReel started off as a drone platform. How long have you been flying a drone and how did you get into it? We’ve been flying drones for many years, probably around seven years, more or less. In Holland we were one of the first companies using drones for making videos and photography.

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