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Cherise Randle
Using stock footage in demo reel to tell a story?
on Oct 27, 2012 at 2:20:43 pm

I am new to editing and visual effects. I am still in college and will be taking a video production class this coming spring. So, I want to start practicing and developing editing and effects skills. I also want to become a professional editing.

I have the entire adobe creative suite 6 provided through my university. But I don't have footage of my own yet. I have access to stock footage and I'm wondering if it is bad to using stock footage to create a reel. I'm new, so I'm not sure what to do.

Even for a professional demo reel, is it bad or complicated to use stock footage even if I was able to tell a story with it? Thanks!


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Angelo Lorenzo
Re: Using stock footage in demo reel to tell a story?
on Oct 28, 2012 at 9:22:14 pm

I don't see what not. You're advertising as an editor, not a cinematographer. If that stock footage of a truck shows your skill at replacing a logo on the side, that shows value to your client. I may put a disclaimer like "Some stock footage obtained for editing and visual effects demonstration" so they don't think you've worked for huge clients if you haven't yet.

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Mark Suszko
Re: Using stock footage in demo reel to tell a story?
on Oct 29, 2012 at 2:40:53 pm

It might or might not be okay, even if you make it clear you're using stock. there are stock sources that might give you a break on stuff for a demo reel. Have you looked at Creative Commons s a source yet? There are also buy-out libraries of stock footage that can be pretty cheap.

There's also the option of finding someone on Craig's or whatever to shoot stuff just for you, on your budget.


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Mark Suszko
Re: Using stock footage in demo reel to tell a story?
on Oct 30, 2012 at 1:02:04 am

These folks have a deal going on right now:

https://www.videoblocks.com/join/?utm_source=HubOneDay825Special1012&utm_me...


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Corbin Gross
Re: Using stock footage in demo reel to tell a story?
on Oct 31, 2012 at 5:48:44 pm

You may be able to put together a couple of shoots with other artists to get the footage you need. If you can find a videographer, sound man, stylist and/or whomever else you might need you could get some good stuff.

I'm a still image photographer primarily, but we do test shoots regularly with people who all just need a body of showable work to pull from.

Put an ad on CL.

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Stephen Smith
Re: Using stock footage in demo reel to tell a story?
on Nov 2, 2012 at 3:21:55 pm

Are you learning to be just an editor in school or will you learn to shoot to? If you want to be a shooter as well, then there is no time like the present.

Here is a link to some free stock footage: http://www.stockfootageforfree.com/

Here is a link to some good footage that you only have to pay for shipping and handling: http://www.footagefirm.com/free-footage/

Best of luck.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

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Cherise Randle
Re: Using stock footage in demo reel to tell a story?
on Nov 3, 2012 at 1:04:25 am

Yes, I will be learning in school next semester. I think it will be both shooting and editing. I've checked out that website. They have some great stuff, but because everything is in HD, I have to find a way to save all the videos I need somewhere. Thanks!


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Misha Tenenbaum
Re: Using stock footage in demo reel to tell a story?
on Mar 20, 2015 at 5:08:09 pm

Instead of using traditional stock footage to make your reel, get footage from us! http://www.EditStock.com. We have uncut dailies from films, music videos, and commercial. I actually developed the site in part exactly for the reason you mentioned above.

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