Shutter stock: Best Royalty-Free Stock Fotage



Have you ever needed some footage or picture to use for a production ? There is footage available free all over the internet, but is it royalty free. Can you use that footage and not be hit with copyright strikes. If you’ve made a  shot film/video, maybe some of you have taken shots from Google or YouTube to fill in something you can’t necessarily shoot yourself. A drone shot of the shard might not be something you can get yourself but there is footage out there available for you to use. Downloading someone’s video from YouTube and using short clips from it doesn’t give you the right to use it, especially if you’re trying to monetize content that isn’t yours.

However, there are websites and some YouTube channels out there that allow the re-use of footage or images that people have shot themselves and are distributing it out royalty-free. Although it may be free, some creators may ask for you to credit their work somewhere, which is fine considering you are making money from their content.

Shutter stock is a site available that allows for people to pay a fee for a whole range of royalty free content. The content available ranges from: Music, stock footage, pictures, visual elements and more. Shutter stock offers all this content at high quality downloads, a variety of stock footage is shot in 4k. The high quality content available is something that downloading a YouTube video or song won’t have.

Nonetheless, the content is somewhat expensive which may put people off. If the content was available totally free, it would be used more than double the amount it is now. But this means the content creators won’t receive any payment at all and therefore, such content might not be available like this as there is no benefit for them to shoot said content.


Visibility Online


Our online data is stored and used in the mass from the large companies and brands that we go to. Our data is important and personal to ourselves, someone having physical copies of our data in person wouldn’t be acceptable but storing data of our online history is. Every single part to what is connected to the internet is stored and formed into a profile of ‘you’. The only thing that comes into question from users is if the public is able to see these profiles. We have become so desensitised to the idea of the government and special corporations being able to view everything of what we do online to the point where we just let them without question. The data that builds our profiles is being used and manipulated to benefit the larger companies with the excuse that its personalising things more to us. Adverts are something people love or hate, while the majority block the ‘annoying’ ads, others embrace them as it helps personalise their experience.

How do we keep private on the internet ?

Can we actually stay private online ?

Privacy online is a key element to the many users of the internet, but at what extent is it considered that our privacy is breached. Making all your profiles private doesn’t necessarily mean that you are invisible to those who you don’t choose to see your profiles. Data is given and sold to other companies and our information is passed out onto the internet. Once something is put on the internet, its no longer yours.


Ask the community


Is there a question, silly or serious, that you have always wanted to know the answer to? Whether you want to ask a specific question or stroll through the list of other questions that people have answered to, AskReddit is a platform that allows that. Reddit is a website comprised of thousands of user-originated and operated communities, called ‘subreddits’, or ‘subs’, dedicated to a variety of interests. Some of these subreddits allow for posting of pictures, videos, articles, and other links, while others allow for only ‘self-posts’, posts that do not redirect away from the page. Askreddit is a sub location to post questions – hence the name.

The site has many other subreddits that hold a community around what the topic is. While this can be used in an informative way, it can also be seen as entertainment. Some may ask about serious questions while others want to hear about people’s embarrassing stories. The community is very active and there is always users available at any time.

The website as a whole is operated by the ‘Administrators’, or ‘Admins’, who oversee the official business operations. Subreddits are operated by ‘Moderators’, who perform a variety of functions within that community, including removing spam and determining and enforcing the rules of their subreddit. AskReddit has a set of rules that every user my abide to if they want to contribute to the discussions on the page. The rules are set to protect the community and to keep it in a calm and collective state so people can get the answers they want without joke or troll answers. However, it is dependent on the type of post the user makes, if it is a serious question intended for serious answers then a [serious] tag must be put on the post.

Check out some questions being asked today

Helping the creative audience

Film Riot

Youtube is a great platform for that has been shaped and formed by the audience and the audience of those who create videos on the platform. The audience has grown and so has YouTube, its content catering to a wide variety of genres and styles that are accompanied by a community. This community is audience based but lead by the content creator. With YouTube being able to be accessible on almost all devices, the audience expands and their contribution can be heard in the comments.

A specific channel I looked at was Film Riot, this is a channel that is shaped for and by the audience but also controlled by the creator. This internet television show was created by Ryan Connolly.  His show Film Riot is a collection of YouTube videos about filmmaking techniques and has just over 820,000 subscribers as of February, 2016 and is affiliated with Revision3.

The content of the show is geared towards low budget filmmakers, with sections explaining how popular effects can be achieved on a low budget. Episodes usually begin with a short sketch, sometimes making up part of an ongoing serial across multiple weeks. Connolly then describes how the sketch was produced, focusing on one or two specific elements of the production. The content audience is very supportive in the comments section and will often ask the creator for tutorials and tips on specific elements in film. 

The audience response (the comments) and their ability to have interactivity with the creator of content has kept YouTube running and created what the platform is know as today. Its intentions of just being a platform to share videos has become way more than what it initially intended with its users now being able to create a career out of sharing these videos.Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 17.00.24.png

Availability of media: Smartwatches?


Media has been a part of our lives for a long time. Its availability and influence in our lives has also grown in that time by moving to different platforms that we can access. From physical forms such as newspapers, to a digital version on your smartphone.

Smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most popular device for getting online, Ofcom research has revealed, with record ownership and use transforming the way we communicate. Two thirds of people now own a smartphone, using it for nearly two hours every day to browse the internet, access social media, bank and shop online.

However, accessibility to media has moved and merged with something so simple and available such as a watch. On September 9, 2014, Apple introduced their new addition to Apple devices. The device being the Apple watch, something that could tell you something as simple and natural as the time but also allow you to text, read emails, looks at the weather and more. The Apple watch is also compatible with your Iphone which – when connected – can perform features available on your phone without you having to take it out of your pocket. In terms of the development of the Apple Watch the goal was to free people from their phones,  Kevin Lynch said

People are carrying their phones with them and looking at the screen so much. … People want that level of engagement. But how do we provide it in a way that’s a little more human, a little more in the moment when you’re with somebody?”

Media Resources: Inside the BBC

When writing my essay last semester, I used the BBC’s ‘Inside the BBC’ web page. This was particularly helpful to give me accurate and truthful viewing statistics of both radio and TV. However, this site also has other pages to do with how the BBC supports the media industry as well as helpful resources for media careers.

It’s important that our work supports the media industry so we have created a number of partnerships with other media organisations to do so.”

The BBC sought the views of hyper local websites and bloggers on how it can work in partnership with them, to support their journalism.

The statistics page I used in terms of relevance to my essay provided the latest audience data to show how the BBC and its services are performing in terms of quality (to what extent people enjoy and appreciate BBC programmes) and reach (how many people consume BBC channels and services and for how long) across all BBC television, Radio and digital platform. However, if you would like statistics from a wide range of other TV programmes, use BARB.

Statistics tv

Statitstics Radio
On another page called ‘sharing our resources’ provides information on learning materials to all journalists through the BBC College of Journalism. Furthering on, there is the BBC College of production which provides advice on all aspects of TV, Radio and online production for the production community. I have only found this recently and it has been a real help.



Internet Society: Content sharing of internet sensations/memes

With the world wide web making its way into the publics home in 1991 by creator Tim Berners Lee, users have developed and created the way the internet is today in terms of the content online. The Internet today is a wide spread of information that is accessible to anyone who uses it.

With this sharing of information, came a sharing of activities, concepts, catchphrases or a piece of media, also known in the form of internet memes, often mimicking from person to person upon sharing. The traditional name behind meme is a ‘idea, behaviour, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture’. However, this style has evolved into an internet meme which can be in the form of an Image, video, hyperlink, website, gif or hashtag. The movements of this content tends to spread to other users via social media, direct messages or even news media sources. In 2013 Dawkins ‘characterized an Internet meme as being a meme deliberately altered by human creativity’.  A internet phenomenon named the harlem shake was established in an upload on January 30, 2013 through YouTube user Filthy Frank. It was then replicated by many other users and parodied in different forms. The video usually lasted around 30 seconds and features the song “Harlem Shake” by producer Baauer. The video would show an individual dancing in a normal and calm environment. When the beat drops, the video jump cuts to a crowd of crazy convulsive dancing.

The most commonly known memes that are shared are in the form of pictures with words annotating what they believe the image is saying.

Fads and sensations grow rapidly on the internet and they make an impact for a short amount of time until the next sensation makes its way onto the world wide web. What will be the next internet sensation/meme ?