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We won’t name names, but there are a handful of stock sites that dominate the industry. OK, who are we kidding? There’s no way you’ll let us get away with being so vague. Let’s name some names. You’ve surely heard of Shutterstock, Pond5, and Videoblocks. There’s several others we could add to this list. Each of these sites have great libraries to choose from. They also have really strong search engines that allow you to narrow down your searches and quickly pinpoint the right clips for your project(s). Yet as creators, we’re always on the look out for what’s next and what can help us level up our projects. So, we put together a list of some sites that are unique and different from the biggies. Take a look below. And if you think we missed one, feel free to write to our team and we’ll look into it. Note: None of the links here are affiliate links, nor are we endorsing any particular site. We just thought this would be a helpful list to share with our community. Sorry, our legal friends made us say this. :) - This site caters to a very specific form of stock, all of the videos on here are 8mm or Super 8 home movies. The videos are all available in both 4k and HD. If your project calls for this type of footage than is your best bet with the largest collection 8mm and Super 8 footage in the world. FilmPac - All of the stock videos on FilmPac are 4k and come in comprehensive packs that are reasonably priced. Their mini pacs range in the number of clips, but for whichever you buy you’ll get at least a dozen clips starting at just $99. They’re currently offering a limited time deal where you can get access to all 87 pacs with over 4300+ clips starting at just $1499 (you can get a hard drive of all clips for an additional cost). Story and Heart - Have you ever tried to compile stock footage but end up with clips that look too disconnected? Story and Heart’s library is searchable by “stories”, allowing you to find groups of clips that have the same look and feel. You can also choose to search by keywords, mood, energy and even color so you can make sure any clips you use all have the same vibe. Film Supply - Similar to Story and Heart, Film Supply lets you search by moods, but also has several different other options to help narrow down your search results. You can search by category, people (number of people, age, race, etc.), setting (specific locations, time of day, indoor/outdoor, etc.), format and more! Each option helps make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for. Bigstock - The allure to Bigstock comes in their subscription pricing plans. Unlike other sites which have a limited list of free videos for their members, or a limit to your downloads each month, Bigstock has options for subscribers to get 5 or 10 videos a DAY starting at $79 a month. Pixabay - If you find yourself looking for good quality stock footage but don’t have the budget for the big sites, Pixabay can help. They have a catalog of over 1.4 million stock photos and videos, the majority of which have no limitations on use, all for FREE. Letting you find what you need for your project, without having to break the bank to do it.     Post by Jordi Matsumoto Jordi’s LinkedIn: Job Seekers:  Create a Free Accoun t to get job alerts, post your resume and more! Employers:  Post a Job  to get access to resumes, and staff your next project today!
At, our staff have extensive experience in putting together projects for film, video, television, and digital. That experience is part of what inspired us to start creating talent management tools for producers. Over the years we’ve gone through the hiring process with thousands of applicants. We know that finding good talent can be challenging, and so it’s actually disheartening to see candidates “shoot themselves in the foot” during the process. Sometimes, it can feel like applicants just don’t care about the position they’re applying for. However, most of the time, we think it’s a function of not knowing what you don’t know. So, we decided to put together a list of the most common reasons, at least from our perspective, that applicants don’t get hired. You didn’t follow directions . If a job posting asks you to answer specific questions or submit your application in a certain format, it’s really important to fulfill those requests. In fact, we recommend checking thru every application you send to make sure that you took care of all the requests listed in the job posting. When you miss something that other candidates included in their applications, guess how your application looks in comparison? You didn’t include a cover letter . Contrary to popular belief, cover letters are not dead. When submitting your application if all you write is “resume attached”, hiring managers may think you’re either flippant, lazy, or worse, that you just don’t care about the position that much. Cover letters are a chance to make a great first impression. Whether you’re applying to be a PA or a Cinematographer, cover letters help you stand out from the crowd. Even a short few sentences can show that you put effort into applying. You didn't proofread . A resume or cover letter filled with typos, poor wording, or misspelling(s) signals that you aren’t detail-oriented. No one wants to hire someone who doesn’t check their work, and not proofreading will show that you don’t care about getting this job. You didn’t tailor your resume . While creating your resume, if you include a generic goal or purpose, it comes across as lazy. So be specific. Include the name of the job you’re applying for, as well as the name of the company. Explain why you want that specific job. Don’t just say that it sounds cool or the company is really great. Also, make sure you only include relevant experience. Hiring managers don’t want to read multi-page resumes with information that doesn’t relate to the job. You didn’t provide a reel or portfolio (if applicable). Many positions within the film industry ask for a reel or portfolio, and not providing one is a sure fire way to disqualify your application. If the hiring manager can’t review your work, then they have no idea what you will bring to the table. A resume full of past work is not a replacement for a reel or portfolio. Forgo that reel / portfolio to guarantee that you will not be getting a response back. You took too long to respond . Did you actually get an e-mail or voicemail asking for more information or to set up an interview? Don’t respond in a reasonable time frame (i.e. the same day) and you might automatically disqualify yourself from the role. Nothing shows you don’t care about the position like making a recruiter or hiring manager wait too long. You trash-talked others . In whatever medium, be it a cover letter, phone interview, or in person interview, avoid talking trash about anyone. Don’t call out past employers, managers or coworkers. You may be 100% in the right. They were the worst, they screw you over, etc. However, the recruiter and or hiring manager doesn’t know all the facts. They’re just getting to know you. And so, it’s a tall order to expect them to believe everything your saying. Instead, avoid the negativity. Stick to the positive. If asked about a negative experience, focus on what you did to overcome it and leave it at that. You’ll create a much more favorable impression. You didn’t prepare for the interview . Preparing for an interview by researching the company or role you are applying for shows the interviewer you care about the position. It may sound like a no-brainer. However, plenty of applicants show up without having taken a look at the company’s website or having re-reviewed the job description. Do the homework and it will show. You didn’t dress to impress . When choosing an outfit for the interview make sure you pick appropriate business attire. Even in the creative industries, it’s important that you look classy during the interview process. Yes, if you get the job, you may be working on set in jeans or in cut offs. However, until you actually get the job, show them what a complete package you are. You checked your phone . This is big and we’ve seen even seasoned professionals do it. You’re doing an interview or you’re being introduced to people at the company, and in the middle of it all, you check your phone. That’s a sure fire way to communicate that you are not present for the interaction. So, put that phone away and don’t pull it out until you’ve left the venue where you are interviewing.     Post by Jordi Matsumoto Jordi’s LinkedIn: Job Seekers:  Create a Free Accoun t to get job alerts, post your resume and more! Employers:  Post a Job  to get access to resumes, and staff your next project today!
Just some background so you know where I’m coming from: I grew up in Ohio and moved to LA about 12 years ago. I am what you might call a self-made filmmaker. I never went to film school.  I just picked up a camera, shot some of my own work, got on set, kept learning, and eventually started a boutique production company called Marching Penguin ( ). In industry speak, I am a producer / director / writer, in that order as it relates to my experience level in each area. We started because we felt that the industry is broken. It’s broken in how people treat each other. It’s broken in how we hire and work together. If you agree with us, we’d encourage you to create a free account on and join us on this journey to reform the less glamorous aspects of Hollywood. For the Job Seeker... Getting your first job or even your next job in the industry is really hard. I’ve sifted through tens of thousands of resumes, interviewed thousands of candidates and worked with hundreds more. With that in mind, I wanted to share my 5 ways for getting your next gig. Our Head of Community, Jasper Grey, will add his 5. Hopefully, you’ll come away with some helpful tips and / or friendly reminders Jordi’s Fast Five:   Send a Thank You Note. This used to be hold hat. Now, and this is anecdotal, I see less than 5% of candidates send a thank you note. Maybe it’s because there’s a lot of gigs / jobs they’re applying to. Maybe it’s because we live in the digital age. Regardless, it’s a way to send a hiring manager a strong signal that you care about the position and that you’re motivated. For extra credit, be specific about what excited you in the conversation. That specificity translates into authenticity, which will surely make you stand out from the crowd. Ask How You Can Help. These days, I find candidates regularly asking good questions either over e-mail or in actual screenings and interviews. They’re asking about basic things like start date, pay, responsibilities, etc. What I don’t find people ask about enough is how they can help. That may seem basic or redundant even. However, I can assure you that it’s not. Asking how you can help, fosters a deeper understanding about the role and its place within the production. Search for Common Ground. You’re talking to a producer or a production manager about the next gig. Sure, it can be awkward. And the last thing you want to do is engage in small talk. Instead, do your homework by looking up their background online. Maybe they have a LinkedIn or an IMDB profile. You can find common ground in geography, alma mater, or even just similar interest in TV shows and films. Regardless, it will set you up to have a more human interaction. Play the Long Game. You’re evaluating the gig. Either for experience, the money, your resume / portfolio or a combination of the three. Great. Yet make sure you aren’t treating this as the only gig. This gig may not be perfect, but the next one from this producer could be. Now I’m not talking about working for free or doing “copy/meals/credit”. I’m simply saying to keep an open mind. J.J. Abrams was crewing for much smaller stuff before Lost, Mission Impossible, and Star Trek. So long as the production team that you meet with is professional, offers reasonable compensation, and isn’t asking you to work under dangerous conditions, give them a fair shake. And if the gig still isn’t for you, great. Just make sure to turn it down in a gracious manner. Who knows, you may be turning down the next J.J. Abrams. Be Clear and Honest About Your Skill Set   - Production is highly complex and requires a number of highly specialized skill sets. Even if you are an editor, there are so many kinds of editors with different kinds of strengths. My production company tends to hire a lot of editors who have motion graphics experience. However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t hire more traditional editors to cut dialogue, interviews, and commercials. That said, we put a premium on getting an honest evaluation of what an editor’s strengths are. If an editor tells us that s/he doesn’t excel at After Effects, does that mean we will not hire them? Absolutely not. In fact, we often come back to candidates that did not fit a past project we were working on. At the same token, when editors have told us they could take on a specific skill and it turned out that they could not, well let’s just say those tended to be short lived relationships. Grey’s Fast Five: Bring an A-List Attitude. We hear it all the time, but it’s worth repeating: Attitude is everything. On paper, a lot of candidates look impressive. They have a lot of credits, a lot of experience, and they may even have some really cool gear they bring to the table. Attitude trumps all of these things. People hire people they like and like to work with. Full stop. If you show up, acting like you have an issue with something before you ever start the job, you probably won’t ever start the job. Communicate That You Are Selfless. As my title would suggest, I value community, working towards a broader goal. A community working together beats an individual working alone any day. I firmly believe that the coolest aspect about working in Entertainment is collaboration. It’s insanely important to remember: any project takes the population of a small town to complete, a team is only as strong as its weakest link, and you need to realize your ‘job’ is always to set up other team members for success. The point here is: communicate to the production team how you support all aspects of a production, not just your own interests. Use Your Current Gig as a Catalyst for Your Next Gig. I’m not saying to look for jobs while you’re on the clock. However, your job search, in this industry more than most, starts with how you’re currently performing. To that end, look for opportunities to inspire others and to motivate them to reach beyond their self-perceived limitations. Encourage your teammates to want to be better. The best people in the industry do their work with a huge smile on their face, are well-dressed, and perform at a pace that says ‘keep up so we can get to the next level together!’ And off hours, consider that the people you encounter might just be in a position to offer you a job down the road. So, make sure you’re always carrying yourself in a professional manner, even at the end of a crazy 14 hour day. There is No Small Job. Spoiler Alert: nobody really is watching you if you take a ‘step down’ because you need the work. So, throw out the ego. If you need work, there are always jobs (shameless plug: you can find them on right now and apply for free). And when you get on set, don’t let your title dictate your job responsibilities. Of course, let people do their job and take responsibility for your assigned tasks, but don’t ever take on a “that’s not my job” mentality. Finally, never forget that once you walk off a set and back into the real world, the titles fall away, and all that matters is the collective end result. Find Your Tribe. Instead of looking for a gig, start looking for great people to work with. Surround yourself with people that are motivated, creative, and have #1 (an A-List attitude). If you build these relationships, I promise you that the gigs and opportunities will come. Often, they’ll come from places you never expected. This is a challenging industry, and I believe that the only way to excel is to have a Tribe that is your own.     Post by Jordi Matsumoto and Jasper Grey   Jordi’s LinkedIn: Jasper’s LinkedIn: Job Seekers: Create a Free Accoun t to get job alerts, post your resume and more! Employers: Post a Job to get access to resumes, and staff your next project today!  
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Marching Penguin - Digital Production Studio Los Angeles, CA, USA
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