Let’s say you only miss one single shot to complete the film you have been editing for a long time, but that shot is nearly impossible for you to shoot. You don’t have the time, money or the right contacts. Let’s pretend the shot is of monkeys scratching each others back while bathing in natural hot water in a snowy japanese mountain. Yes, some people actually may need this shot, and if you happen to live in f.ex Spain, you would need a lot of research and money to go to Japan and film it. But, there may by a much easier and inexpensive solution out there. It’s called Pond5.

Pond5 is a webpage where cinematographers and other creative people upload their own video clips, and share it to the world. The price is usually low, because the uploader sets the price. When you first pay for it, you can use it for whatever you want. It’s then royalty free.

Pond5 also have a lot of sound effects, music, After effects project files and much more which you can download. It’s great because a lot of us film-makers have tons of video not being used and just laying around on hard drives. Now you can actually sell them. Create your own channel, upload your best shots and you get 50% of each sale. That’s a good way to earn some extra cash, and it may help others that need your shot.

I created a jet fighter scene for almost no money at all, using shots from Pond5.com. Together with my friends Eskild, Kim and Thomas, we created something that I never thought we could make that easily. Check it out in the video below. Oh, by the way, the shot of the monkeys scratching each others back while bathing in natural hot water in a snowy japanese mountain, is actually to be found on pond5. Click here to see it.