If you use stock footage as a secondary element in post-production, basic, believable shots are often exactly what you want. But if you’re starting from scratch — making a commercial or building a narrative primarily with stock — you need clips with more impact.
In this post, we’ve compiled some of the best of the best. These clips show just how compelling stock footage can be. Actors with scene-stealing performances, magnetic personalities, and convincing body language, and clips with Hollywood-level cinematography and art direction.
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