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About Vinnie

About Vinnie

Born and raised in rural Washington State, Vinnie was intensely interested in entrepreneurship from an early age. When getting his first camera at the late age 24, he finally found what he was looking for. Shortly after, he found himself in New York where his love for creating stock footage grew to another level.

Fun fact: his first upload and first sale were with Pond5. Now his work has been in some of the commercials of the biggest companies in the world and his passion to share what he has learned has created the course above.

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Creative Brief: Home Cooking


The lack of flour at your local grocery store is not a passing fad. Cooking at home has seen a giant resurgence as people moved inside due to COVID-19. In March of 2020, grocery store sales in the United States were 77% higher than in 2019. 54% of Americans say they’re cooking more, and 73% are enjoying it more than they did before. Furthermore, considering eating out is 5 times more expensive than cooking at home, it’s likely here to stay, and a great topic to shoot.

Shot List Thought Starters:

  • Family members of all ages cooking together
  • Home cooks watching cooking videos/tutorials on their computer while cooking along
  • POV shots of cooking, baking, and plating/serving food
  • Atypical cooking methods, for example, clay/wood-fired ovens, DIY rotisseries, power tools for mixing)
  • Overworked parents or caretakers trying to juggle work, parenting, and cooking
  • Amateur/atypical cooking setups, cooking failures, people clearly learning how to cook


Suggested Keywords: home cooking, kitchen, food, healthy lifestyle, nutrition, meal preparation, baking, independence, modern cook,
self-sufficient, life skill

Typical Users: Food industry, lifestyle brands, ad agencies, media companies, social media companies, etc.

Smiling Hispanic Family Are Cooking Together
by Wavebreak_video

Pro-Tip: First of all, the biggest thing here is to stay safe and healthy when making this content, and don’t shoot with more people than what your government or public health agencies recommend. Secondly, do your best to cast real-looking talent with real skills to get authentic content. Also, please be conscious of logos and other intellectual property as well.

Casting Considerations:  Race and gender diversity, authenticity with talent and imagery. Accept the challenge to subtract artificiality from your setups. In other words, keep it REAL. These things will play an important role in the success of your shoot.

Location Diversity: Kitchens of all sizes, houses, tiny apartment kitchens, cabins, bungalows, etc.

Father Cooking Meal Whilst Holding Baby In Kitchen by monkeybusinessimages

Before You Shoot:

  • Please check what content already exists in the Pond5 marketplace
  • Also, think about a visual approach that will result in new and fresh footage
  • Remember that each shot must communicate a clear message

Submission Checklist:

  • Remember to tag your clips with the keyword code: HOMECOOKP5BRIEF
  • Have all property and model releases filled out and submitted
  • Furthermore, no logos or brands may be visible in any of the clips
  • Don’t forget to add any applicable conceptual keywords to the clips

Top image: Happy Family In The Kitchen Having Fun And Cooking Together. Healthy Food by nd3000

Music Briefs: Mystical Themes, 90s Boy Band Pop, Rock Stings and Andean music

This month we’re looking for Mystical Themes, 90s Boy Band Pop, Rock Stings and Andean music.

Once you’ve completed your work, apply a unique code to each track – just add the code (provided in each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. As a result, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

If you have any questions or comments about any of these briefs, please email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at mike@pond5.com.

Mystical Themes

The soundtrack of shamans, wizards and warlocks casting spells and brewing potions. What does that sound like?

  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: mystical, magical, shaman, wizard, warlock, spells, potions, cinematic


90s Boy Band Pop

Try to recreate that sleek, catchy 90s-style mainstream pop sounds that always went down smooth. Bonus points for vocal harmonies!

  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: boy band, slick, 1990s, mainstream, pop, harmonies, teenagers


Rock Stings

Give us your best :10 or shorter squealin’ rock stings. Think about what you’d hear when you come back from that commercial break!

  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: sting, stinger, bumper, guitar solo, rock, short


Andean Music

Originating from the Andes Mountain region of South America and containing elements of Spanish, Peruvian and Bolivian music. Andean music is characterized by yearning melodies and the use of pan flutes (also known as quenas).

  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Andes, Andean, pan flute, quena, nature, South America, Peru, Bolivia, Inca


Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. However, do not use recognizable band or artist names, please!

We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social-media use.

Moreover, please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top image: Spanish Dancer And Guitar Player In Spain by mandygodbehear

Buyer Requests – Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIIA+, Social Distancing

  • Buyer Requests

    Buyer Requests

    Buyer Requests is a monthly guide to the most requested content from real clients.
    Get inspired and increase the sales potential of your portfolio.

Most Wanted in July

Summer is in full swing, but for creators of stock footage and photography, the shooting never stops! To help you figure out what topics to focus on, we’ve put together a list of our most common content requests for July. Recent events across the globe are a sign that the world is transforming – and our buyers, be they ad agencies, corporations or independent studios and freelancers, want to reflect these changes in their visuals. So take a look at our list of this month’s most requested themes. And please, don’t forget to use our special keywords for each topic so that we can more easily identify your content. 

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Recent events have moved the world into a sense of solidarity, engendering a huge wave of compassion and a desire for awareness and understanding. Our buyers wish to reflect support for the Black community and reflect the events that are happening not only in the US but also in the rest of the world. They are looking for both commercial and editorial content connected with the Black Lives Matter movement and the empowerment of the Black community.

Shot List Thought Starters

  • Real-life events, e.g. protests, public speeches, interviews
  • Successful African Americans and their achievements, e.g. athletes, freelancers, musicians, business owners
  • Culture-oriented content – Hip Hop dancers, MC‘s, jazz musicians, street artists, breakdancing, street artists (graffiti murals)
  • Multi-ethnic interaction
  • More archival clips. In particular, if there is any content from the Tulsa race massacre of 1921
  • Protest marches from current events back through history

Suggested Keywords

#blm #blacklivesmatter #blackcommunity #blackawareness #hiphopelements #hiphopdance

Target Group

Production companies, digital media platforms, news networks, non-profit organizations, ad agencies, lifestyle brands, media companies or bloggers.

LGBTQIIA+ / Pride Month

LGBTQIIA+ / Pride Month

Equal rights for the LGBT + community have recently been the subject of conversations among politicians and public alike. Even though Pride Month is June doesn‘t mean that with the stroke of July, these conversations subside. Our buyers are looking for the following themes.

Shot List Thought Starters

  • Real-looking LGBTQIIA+ content (everyday lifestyle and family life in a LGBTQIIA+ environment)
  • Imagery around subjects such as marriage, adoption and raising a child
  • Coming out – to family, friends, on the internet, etc. with both positive and negative reactions
  • Struggles the LGBTQIIA+ community has to face every day – body acceptance, self-realisation, acceptance from family, friends, classmates and society
  • Editorial content connected with the LGBTQIIA+ community (Pride Parades, community events, public speeches, etc.)
  • People of color in the LGBTQIIA+ community. In particular, people from the Black trans community as there’s a focus on achieving equality for trans POC

Suggested Keywords

#lgbt #lgbtpride #pridemonth #lgbtmarriage #genderidentity #non-binary #genderless #lbtqiia #comingout #transpride

Target Group

Production companies, digital media platforms, News networks, non-profit organizations, ad agencies, lifestyle brands, media companies or bloggers.

Social Distancing

Social Distancing

Although we are witnessing the easing of coronavirus-related government restrictions, we are still far from a resolution or a vaccine. We‘re all at risk together – and our buyers are seeking content that allows them to speak to the dangers, but also to the surprising resilience of the human spirit that finds ways to connect with others under the most difficult circumstances.

Shot List Thought Starters

  • Social Distancing Together – activities of groups wearing masks
  • People getting tested for COVID
  • Social events where government restrictions are applied – weddings, birthday parties, etc.
  • Real-life experience during the coronavirus crisis – shopping, package delivery, queues of people respecting safe interpersonal distance, etc.
  • Lifestyle changes – Solo activities, etc.
  • Frontline workers – commercial shots of medical staff wearing face masks as well as other frontline workers wearing face masks during their shifts
  • General shots of medical staff and patients in hospitals (if possible, with respirators and other COVID related medical supplies shown) that are suitable for commercial use
  • The new normal of working remotely with social distancing themes. This includes Zoom meetings, working remotely while dealing with kids/pets/distractions

Suggested Keywords

#covid19 #covid #socialdistancing #coronavirus #sarscov2 #2019ncov

Target Group

Ad agencies are the primary focus for this ask.

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