From the cutting room floor to cash: what to do with extra footage

Extra footage left on the cutting room floor is a fact of life for DPs, editors, and producers; who will always find themselves cutting some of their most beautiful b-roll and other prized shots.

It’s true in writing, too. No matter how proud of a well-crafted line a writer is, Stephen King has a simple bit of advice if it doesn’t fit the final piece: “Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”

The good news in our industry is that those darlings have a chance at a second life through stock footage.

 

Four benefits of repurposing extra footage:

 

1. Passive income

Royalties go on and on. Do the work once and make money every time someone downloads it. Forever. This is music to every hard-working artist’s ears.

2. Exposure

Especially when you choose to submit to non-exclusive sites, your work gets in front of eyeballs you wouldn’t have access to any other way.

3. No risk

Even if you don’t get any downloads of a particular piece, you’re still learning what works by investing only a little time up front.

4. It’s fun

Finding new outlets for your creativity and hard work is fun. Getting paid for it is even better.

 

A few tips for success

Make sure your content is professional quality and ready to use. As part of that, get signed releases for everyone and everywhere you film so that you’re already covered when you decide to use the footage beyond its original purpose. Check each outlet’s guidelines and submit what’s in demand. Shutterstock’s Contributor Success Guide says buyers are looking for authenticity, cultural diversity, and local culture.

Have you made extra money submitting extra footage to stock sites? Email our coordinator team at info@crewconnection.com and we might just feature you and your footage on our website and social media!

 


 

About Crew Connection

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Crew Connection puts a suite of marketing tools at your fingertips. Get your demo reels, stills, gear, awards, and more in front of the biggest clients all over the world—for free. At Crew Connection we pay video and post production providers within 30 days of receiving your invoice so your work and your life are never interrupted. Need live assistance or want to add quality jobs to your pipeline? Our crew coordinators are on call around the clock. Sign In to Crew Connection, call 303-526-4900, or email info@crewconnection.com.

 

Camera crews need permits for what?! 6 important pre-shoot considerations

As the popularity of video content grows, so does the number of new folks in the industry who aren’t yet aware of all its intricacies. Sometimes, the shoot itself is the easy part—making sure you get to use the epic footage your camera crew caught can be the real challenge. Save time and headaches by making sure your camera crews have the following legal permissions before heading out to a video shoot.

 

Six situations that require special permissions for camera crews:

  1. Shooting in a public space

    This usually requires some kind of photography permit. Get to know the local film commission to make sure you’re covered.

  2. Flying high

    Drones add a whole other level of permissions to your list. Check out our cheat sheet here for the basic guidelines including drone permits and check with your local film commission if you need to dig deeper or discuss a particular shoot.

  3. Security clearance

    If your location requires clearance (think airports, hospitals, etc.), make sure your crew is on the list! This might include you sharing their identification info with security. Getting turned away at the door is expensive, embarrassing, and inconvenient.

  4. Talent and location releases 

    Get signed releases for everyone you film—even that hot dog vendor you interviewed on the off chance you’ll want to use her sound byte! Stores, museums, and other privately-owned spots sometimes require location releases, too. You may not even know which shots will end up in the final cut, but getting all your permissions signed before you leave the shoot location saves the time and effort of having to track down signatures after the fact.

  5. Parking and access

    Make sure there’s plenty of it for your crew and their van(s) full of heavy gear. And while you’re at it, plan to take all your gear with you so your thousands of dollars of equipment doesn’t find its way into the wrong hands. If you’re in touch with others in the industry, you already know it happens often and can happen fast.

  6. Music rights

    This one can be a doozy. If you want to use a popular piece of music, you could be looking at spending five figures on rights. And if your artist sampled another artist, you’ll need to get rights from both parties. Acquire legal permissions for any music you use in your final product—from background music to what you add in post production. Alternatively, consider hiring a composer for a custom piece or using royalty-free music in your piece.

 

The bottom line

These considerations are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the unique requirements you’ll come across while planning a video shoot. Our crew coordinators are veterans of the video and post production industry and on call 24/7. Whether it’s your first or fiftieth shoot, we’re here to help. 

 


 

About Crew Connection

Crew Connection logo

Crew Connection puts a suite of marketing tools at your fingertips. Get your demo reels, stills, gear, awards, and more in front of the biggest clients all over the world—for free. At Crew Connection we pay video and post production providers within 30 days of receiving your invoice so your work and your life are never interrupted. Need live assistance or want to add quality jobs to your pipeline? Our crew coordinators are on call around the clock. Sign In to Crew Connection, call 303-526-4900, or email info@crewconnection.com.