Ryan E. Walters, Cinematographer

Cinematic Excellence at 24 Frames a Second

How To Effectively Deliver Your Stock Footage


Delivering your stock footage is the last and most crucial step in your stock footage endeavors. Having the greatest content out there doesn't matter one bit if it isn't being found, or more importantly, being bought.

In this post, I share with you the two strategies that I use to get the most out of my stock footage content.
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How To Maximize Your Post Workflow For Stock Footage


Now that you actually have gone out and shot content to begin building your stock footage library, it is time to start processing it. But what is the best approach? In the end, this is a business- so it is important to keep things as efficient as possible. So here are 4 tips that you can use to maximize your post workflow ...
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Five Crucial Steps For A Successful Stock Video Shoot (Part 6)


If you've followed steps 1 - 5 of this how to guide for stock footage, you will now be well on your way towards your first shoot. Before diving in and shooting content, however, I recommend starting with a clear plan. By following these five steps, you will not only set yourself up to shoot better content, but you will also be able to spend less time creating it. And the more efficient you are, the more profitable your stock footage will be.
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Three Places To Find Actors For Your Stock Footage Shoot


Last week, after I posted the Three Principles to Successful Stock Footage Content, Brynn Sankey sent me a tweet asking if I had any tips on how to find and pay actors for stock footage shoots. And since I do not directly address it in the Zacuto articles, I thought I'd share with you the three places you can find actors for your stock shoots, regardless of the size of your budget.
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Three Principles For Successful Stock Footage Content (Part 05)


If you are like me and your wheels are always turning, then you are probably thinking over this last year and how you can make the coming year more successful. So, on this Christmas day, I thought I'd offer you three principles to guide the content you shoot for your stock footage collection. If you follow these principles, you'll shortcut the mistakes that many of us made when we first started shooting stock footage, which should translate into a more profitable year for you (this is Part 05 of an Eight-Part series).
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Two Crucial Tips To Drive Your Stock Footage Sales (Stock Video Part 04)


Alright, it is time to dive back in to my eight-part guide to getting your start in stock video. If you missed the first 3 parts, I highly recommend that you go back and give them a read. In Part 01 I cover common misconceptions. Part 02 tackles whether or not you should be exclusive. And Part 03 addresses who you should be selling to.

Here, in Part 04 of the guide, I'll share with you the two most crucial tips you should follow if you want to drive sales of your stock footage.
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Who Are The Best Stock Sites To Sell To? (Stock Video Part 03)

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With the myths of stock footage dispelled, and the important issue of exclusivity addressed, it is time to take a look at the major stock footage houses and decide who you should be selling too. Not all stock footage houses are created equal. Some treat their contributors better than others, and some generate more sales than others. And, unfortunately for us, they don't always line up. The recommendations that follow come from my years of firsthand experience...
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To Be Exclusive Or Not To Be? (Stock Video Part 02)


With the myths of stock footage clearly dispelled, it is time to answer the age old question of exclusivity. In the stock footage world, this is a topic that is hotly debated with strong proponents on both sides of the issue. As someone who has experienced both sides of stock footage, I want to share with you my experience so that you can make a more informed decision with your career.
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How To Get Your Start In Stock Video: Part 1


A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I had partnered with Zacuto to bring you a series on how to get your start in stock video. Well, the eight-part series is now going live! So, if you are looking for a way to add extra revenue to your bottom line, and to have content that generates money while you sleep, then this series is for you. :)

You'll be able to find every post here on my blog, as well as on the Zacuto site. In part one, I'll be covering common misconceptions.
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Perspective On Part 02 of Zacuto's Revenge Of the Great Camera Shootout 2012


On the 15th of this month Zacuto released part two of their Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012. In this second episode of their three part series they reveal the answers to the blind test that was conducted in part one. This test has raised a lot of discussion, debates, and heated arguments on the internet. As I participated in the event by running Red Epic - a camera with a very passionate following by its users, I thought I'd offer a little perspective on the test.
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Zacuto Shoot Out 2012: A Master Cinematographer's Experience


Back in February of this year Zacuto & Kessler asked me to join them for their Revenge 2012 camera shootout as the Red Epic Master Cinematographer. While I was honored to be a part of an event where I would be working alongside such greats as Bruce Logan, ASC, Rodney Charters, ASC, Nancy Schreiber, ASC, Michael Negrin, ASC & Curtis Clark, ASC, I accepted the offer with a bit of trepidation. After years of running various tests, and making those results public, I have become acutely aware that no matter how stringent a test is run, inevitably people are going to find fault, and there is no way to make everyone happy. Add to that the fact that critique from the Reduser community is even more stringent, and it is a recipe for some harsh criticism and open flaming of one's character. Even though I knew I was walking into dangerous ground by being the Red Epic Master Cinematographer, this was an opportunity I could not pass up.
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