What Is Stock Footage And Why Is It Used?

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Stock footage is also called 'archive footage' and it can mean several things. When film is shot, not all of it is used in the final product. There are bad takes, scenes they decided to cut entirely, bloopers or extra film shot because they didn't know how much they would need. Generally, all of this film is saved and stored. This can be property of a movie studio or available for anyone to use.

There are several reasons why this is done. The first is akin to the definition above; more film is shot than is needed. Often the film is kept just in case it is ever needed. Many films in production put out a "behind-the-scenes" look at the upcoming movie. A lot of footage is used here so the audience can get a glimpse at the movie without too much being given away.

Since the birth of the DVD, stock footage makes for nice special features. Bloopers are a great way to get to know the cast and footage can let the audience know how certain stunts or big moments were really done. It can give clues to the what it might be like to be on the set. Many fans of movies watch these special features religiously and would do anything to get their hands on all of the stock footage from a film.

There is much that is public domain stock footage. Much is maintained by the government. For example, public figures are often video taped during speeches or appearances. If someone wishes to make a film or show later in which this person appears, it is very easy to find stock footage on them. Having real footage adds to the reliability and quality of a movie, rather than just having an actor play the figure and try to recreate a famous moment.

This is not just limited to public figures though. There is stock footage of almost any iconic momement, even moments from other movies. The latest trend on some playful television channels is to do movie or celebrity countdowns, where a bunch of people sit around and talk about great moments in entertainment. This is when stock footage is often used from other films - to show the audience at home exactly what the person on TV is talking about.

Not all footage is very interesting. It is most commonly seen in movies when characters are driving or walking somewhere. Someone in real life video taped out of the back or side windows of a car and then had the images put on film outside the actor's car, so it looks like they were really going somewhere, not just sitting in a studio.

Though this is not as provocative as other behind-the-scenes looks, the type of footage outside the car window can give clues to the quality of the movie or important scenes in the film. The small details of the footage can make or break a movie.

The stock footage is also very useful in films with low budgets or television shows that can get away with using the same clip over and over. Many children's programs use this type of stock video footage. If a character does a certain joke or dance over and over, it is very often just the same clip played every episode.

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