Film & Video News Digest: Shutterstock Introduces Elements Collection, New Lavalier GO Portable Mic And More

A screen shot of sample footage from Shutterstock’s new Elements video service. 

Video Service: New Shutterstock Elements Collection Of Cinema-Grade Video Effects For Filmmakers Includes Tutorials

Earlier this month, when Shutterstock announced the release of a new video service, called Elements, the email that introduced the service noted that, “Today, more video content is uploaded in 30 days than the major US television networks have created in 30 years.” (The stat is from Wordstream, and has been cited on Inc. and elsewhere. ) 

It’s an astonishing amount of video, which Shutterstock says is increasing standards and resulting in shorter timelines, as well.

And it’s also why Shutterstock says they’ve unveiled their new Elements collection, which provides “visual effects assets made with cinema-grade equipment that can make any project look like a big-budget production in no time.” According to the press release, Elements includes “over 3,000 blockbuster-quality video effects created by industry professionals, including 4K lens flares, essential transitions, captivating video kits with smoke, fire, explosions and more.”

Screen shot of Shutterstock’s Elements hub on the website.

What’s nice is that Shutterstock is also including detailed tutorials along with their service on how to optimize effects. (The last YouTube video is an example of these tutorials. ) The company says the wide selection of elements ranges from “digital assets, like transitions and overlays, to physical effects like explosions or glass shattering.: Shutterstock notes that the physical assets were each filmed on-location with specialists using high-end gear—like the Ricochet VFX pack: That pack “includes authentic muzzle flashes filmed working alongside gun experts, or the Detonate VFX pack, which offers explosions as wide 250 feet.”

For more, check out these three YouTube videos. The first is the trailer for the new services, and the second is a behind-the-scenes video that show how they filmed some of the explosions. (Boom!!) The last is a tutorial video:


For more information, visit Shutterstock Elements


Audio: The New RØDE Lavalier GO Portable Mic

RØDE’s new Lavalier GO portable mic

If your film and video workflows continue to get more mobile, you may want to check out the new microphone: The New RØDE Lavalier GO, which is a very small, discreet and lightweight mic that can fit most recording devices with a 3.5mm TRS microphone input. What’s more, the new mic plugs directly into the Wireless Go system (a system that has a transmitter/mic combo and receiver that weigh just 31g each and are very compact).

RØDE says the new mic is great for those that need the “extra flexibility of a lapel mic… Just plug it into the transmitter, clip it onto your shirt and slip the transmitter into your pocket (or clip it to your belt) for super compact wireless audio.”


Features on the new mic include:

  • Broadcast-grade lavalier microphone with 3.5mm TRS jack
  • High-quality omnidirectional condenser capsule
  • Durable, hard-wearing Kevlar® reinforced cable
  • Includes pop shield, mounting clip and carry pouch

RØDE says the mic is optimized for use with the RØDE Wireless GO, but that “it works flawlessly with almost any device with 3.5mm TRS mic input.” For more, check out RØDE’s blog


Online: Interviews With Cinematographers

Here are several links to some intriguing stories with cinematographers on the web: 


History And Technology: MoMA’s Video On Early Film 

Today, the website The Digital Bits has included a really remarkable story: According to the editor in chief of the website, Bill Hunt, “The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City has created a great video on the early history of film that’s well with a look today. It’s called ‘How to See the First Movies‘ and it contends that the ideas most of us have about what very early movies looked like are all wrong.” See the video below.

For more, check out the story on The Digital Bits.


Festival Submissions And Deadlines: Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival recently announced that its 19th edition will take place April 15-26, 2020 in New York City. And submissions for the 2020 Festival will open on August 19 via Tribeca’s website or FilmFreeway for feature and short films; episodic and online storytelling; virtual and immersive; and branded entertainment. Here are the submission deadlines for the 2020 festival: 

Deadlines for Feature and Short Films, Tribeca TV, Tribeca N.O.W. and Tribeca Immersive:
August 19, 2019 – Submissions Open
September 25, 2019 – Early Deadline
October 30, 2019 – Official Deadline
December 2, 2019 – Late Deadline

Deadlines for Tribeca X Award:
August 19, 2019 – Submissions Open
October 30, 2019 – Early Deadline
December 2, 2019 – Official Deadline
January 15, 2020 – Late Deadline

For more information, go to Questions regarding submissions may be directed to [email protected] or by calling 212.941.2305.


Awards: Winners of Nikon Storytellers Scholarship Announces

Earlier this month, Nikon announced the winners of this year’s Nikon Storytellers Scholarship. The ten winning students received $10,000 in academic scholarships “to support their growth as creators and celebrate their commitment to visual storytelling,” said Nikon.  

2019 Nikon Storytellers Scholarship Winners:

  • Antonia Thornton – University of California – Los Angeles (Film)
  • Carmen Vincent – Valparaiso University (Multimedia/Content Creation)
  • Emilija Gasic – New York University (Film)
  • Jessica Eve Rattner – University of California – Davis (Fine Arts)
  • John A. Miller – New York University (Film)
  • Laura-Ellen Adair – University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Film)
  • Meiying Wu – University of California – Berkeley (Journalism)
  • Monika Ivonne – University of California – Los Angeles (Film)
  • Terri Griffin – Mount St. Mary’s College (Film)
  • Yuan Yuan Zhang – New York University (Film)

The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship had a prestigious group of creatives as its judging panel, which included Daniella Zalcman, pro documentary photographer and founder of Women Photograph; professional photographers and Nikon USA ambassadors Joe McNally and Matthew Jordan Smith. It also included other industry pros, like Tim Rasmussen (Digital Photo Editor, ESPN) and Tom Kennedy (Executive Director, American Society of Media Photographers), among others.

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