Invisible break is for anyone who sells, or wants to sell, their video clips, film footage or animations online.

In this blog, I’ll be sharing everything I’ve learnt about the world of stock footage including:

• The best places to sell stock footage
• Tips on equipment and technique.
• ‘From the field’ reports.

What’s my story?……

My name is Rob Howard, and I’ve been selling stock footage since June, 2008. You can check out my work here at: Shutterstock, Pond5 and istock. I also run two sites that feature my Canadian content. They are and

My background is in acting and advertising.

For 12 years I worked as a creative director at a small Toronto firm called Saitech International creating specialized P.O.P. advertising for companies like Nintendo, Coca-Cola and Michelin. I left this job in 2001 and began looking for work as an actor – something i’ve worked at on and off since my teens. I also started my own design company Orbit Creative.

My stock footage journey began after looking for new ways to create income (yep acting’s a tough gig!) when I submitted some of my photographs to a few photo agencies.  Not knowing too much about the business (especially how far digital camera technology had come) I sent scans of 35mm slides to several stock companies. Though they were good shots, everything I sent was rejected for not being hi-res enough.  It was around this time I noticed that shutterstock was accepting video footage.

At the time I’d been shooting video with a consumer grade Sony DCR-TRV33.  After spending about a week online figuring out how to render footage to the proper specs, I uploaded my 3 best clips. To my amazement they were all accepted. And then, about a month later, I had my first sale. $4.00!! YES!!! It was that first sale , that got me excited, and addicted to the stockfootage business.

The great thing about producing stock footage, for me,  is that I have full creative control over my work.  I also like that it provides a “passive income”, meaning my work sells online – while I’m doing other things. It’s a great feeling to log into my PC at breakfast, to see I’ve made money overnight.

I hope you find this site helpful. And if you decide to venture into the stock footage game, get as much enjoyment out of it as I have.


P.S. Please feel free leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

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