Creative Briefs: Technology


Technology is one of the most progressive categories of stock footage. The rising popularity of incorporating artificial intelligence into our daily lives and the speed of new innovations make content revolving around Technology evergreen and in high demand. Discover 2024 trending Technology subcategories and get inspired for your next production.


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Explore the most popular and most searched Technology subcategories.
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Smart Devices

With Metaverse, Apple Vision Pro, and other devices entering the market and enhancing our lives, buyers are looking for more clips depicting
a visual representation of VR and AR and people relying on smart technologies.

  • Computers, tablets, smartwatches, and other smart devices, smart homes, smart TVs in close-up shots.
  • Content depicting the use of AI in real life, such as algorithms running on screen, self-driving cars, and voice assistants.
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality – Wearing VR/AR headsets and interacting, VR/AR use in different environments, such as medical, home usage, education, etc.

People and Tech

Keeping technology under control requires professionals in the field and skillful operators. Show us the people working with tech. Please note that many artists rely on the heavy use of motion graphics to enhance their clips.

  • A hacker attempting to breach a system.
  • Cybersecurity experts training people in a room.
  • IT professionals monitoring networks and implementing security measures.
  • Hackers trying to break the security protocols.
  • Datacenter technicians enforcing security protocols.
  • The interaction between a human and robots in a positive light.
  • People sitting behind a computer, playing games, enjoying a console game, etc.

Technology and Industry

From data centers to manufacturing lines, innovations in industry have become a necessary for living smoothly.

  • A room filled with servers showing a constant flow of data.
  • Drone operators flying a drone.
  • Electric cars in use.
  • Establishing shots of the exteriors of a secure data center.
  • Robotic arms assembling goods in the production line.
  • Futuristic depiction of the industry – think of holograms, interaction with AI, etc.
  • Programmers actively working in a factory.

Robots in action

Automation in industry, as well as in our everyday lives, will use robots and smart devices more and more often.

  • Robots performing precise tasks.
  • Robots in manufacturing, healthcare, and exploration settings
  • Kids learning to program a robot.
  • Robot assistants in everyday life.

Surveillance and Privacy

Everyone, from politicians to social media security experts, cares about protecting people’s privacy. Connect smart technologies with their conceptual usage for or against people. Please note that to capture the essence of technology artists commonly use motion graphics.

  • Urban areas with visible surveillance cameras.
  • Facial recognition technology in use.
  • People using technology to protect their privacy, such as VPN, etc.


Submission Ideas

Don’t forget to pay attention to composition and lighting and capture authentic moments that showcase the essence of each subtopic.

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Suitable Keywords:

Data, future technology, social media, computer, smartphone, artificial intelligence, tablet, business call, innovation, hacker, virtual reality, vr, augmented reality, ar, robot, technology research, new technology, technology workers, technology background, computer network, data centers, surveillance, cyber security, computer screen


Target Group

The target group of this content category includes not only technology companies that seek visual content for presentations, marketing materials, or internal use but also educational institutions, filmmakers, video producers, researchers, legal and compliance professionals, cybersecurity companies, and more.



  • Check out our marketplace for visual reference and inspiration.
  • Stand out and create something that pops out among the other search results.
  • Ensure your submission falls under commercial use by submitting the appropriate release forms when necessary.

TOP Image: Computer, Global Analytics Hologram Or Woman Review Finance Data, Stock Market by Peopleimages

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Music Briefs: Dream Pop


Dream pop is an alternative music that emerged in the 1980s in the United Kingdom and is known for its atmospheric and ethereal feel. It frequently incorporates pop, shoegaze, and ambient music elements to produce a dreamy vibe. The genre is characterized by lush and layered arrangements, reverb-drenched guitars, gentle vocals, and an emphasis on creating a surreal sound atmosphere. The term “dream pop” reflects the genre’s emphasis on creating a dreamy and immersive listening experience.


History of the Dream Pop music

Dream pop arose in the 1980s as a subgenre of alternative music, combining elements from numerous genres to produce a distinct, atmospheric sound. While it is difficult to pinpoint the very first pioneer band of the genre, several major bands and events influenced the development of dream pop. Check out the following bands that have contributed to the genre the most:

  • Cocteau Twins (1980s): Scotland’s Cocteau Twins were crucial to establishing the genre. Their ethereal and atmospheric style, distinguished by Elizabeth Fraser’s distinct vocals, paved the way for numerous dream pop groups to follow.
    The Jesus and Mary Chain (1980s) was a Scottish alternative rock band incorporating noise and distortion in its songs. Their use of feedback and a wall of sound influenced both dream pop and shoegaze music.
  • Shoegaze Movement (late 1980s – early 1990s): Dream pop and the shoegaze movement have a strong connection. Bands like My Bloody Valentine, Lush, and Ride used a combination of dreamy, ambient textures and effects like reverb and delay. My Bloody Valentine’s album “Loveless” (1991) is widely regarded as a historically significant record in the shoegaze and dream pop genres.
  • 4AD Record Label: The 4AD record label played a significant role in nurturing dream pop artists. Besides Cocteau Twins, the label signed and released music from bands like This Mortal Coil, Dead Can Dance, and The Wolfgang Press, contributing to the genre’s growth.
  • Continued Evolution (1990s-2000s): Dream pop evolved throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Artists such as Mazzy Star, Slowdive, and the American band Galaxie 500 expanded on the genre’s dreamy and atmospheric aspects. These artists blended folk, country, and electronic music into their sound.



Dream Pop Characteristics

Handpan music crosses typical genre limits, making it an adaptable instrument in various musical settings. Its relaxing and atmospheric tones are ideal for world music, ambient, and new-age genres. Check out some of the distinctive features of handpan music:

  • Ethereal Vocals: Dream pop frequently employs soft, metaphysical, and breathy vocals. Singers may utilize their voice as an instrument, creating a dreamlike mood rather than delivering direct lyrics.
  • Lush Instrumentation: This can include reverb-soaked guitars, synths, and other atmospheric components that help to create the vibe.
  • Ambient and Atmospheric Soundscapes: Using effects like reverb and delay helps create a spacious and otherworldly atmosphere.
  • Textural Emphasis: The genre emphasizes textures and emotion to create an almost hypnotic atmosphere.
  • Atmospheric Songwriting: While melody is important, dream pop frequently values ambiance and mood over typical pop song forms. Melodies are often basic yet evocative.
  • Incorporation of Diverse Elements: Dream pop artists may draw inspiration from various genres, including psychedelia, post-punk, ambient, and electronic music. This eclectic approach allows broad influences to shape the overall sound.



Pond5 Examples of Dream Pop Music

Listen to the tracks dedicated to the genre and get inspired for your next production.


Submission ideas

  • Submit tracks in length between 2 and 4 minutes long.
  • The BPM should range from 85 to 100 BPM.
  • Characteristic instruments for dream pop include guitars with various heavy effects, such as chorus, tremolo, flanger, reverb, and delay. Prominent analog synths are an absolute must, with sustain and a thick sound to add to dream pop’s characteristic warmth and ethereal sound. Electric organs and keyboards are very popular. The rhythm is usually simple and repetitive, with a mid-tempo 4/4 or 3/4 beat, done with prominent drum machines.



  • Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. Please do not use a recognizable band or artist name!
  • We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social media use.
  • Don’t forget to add DREAMPOPP5BRIEF among your keywords so we can track down and promote your content.
  • Please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

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