Currently set to Index
Currently set to Follow
Skip main navigation

Using interviews and free stock footage for documentaries

Films about sustainability may often be in the format of a documentary, but how can we effectively use stock footage?
Young people today react to the growing climate crisis in a way that no one could have predicted. The 20th of September 2019 marked the largest climate strike on record.

Sustainability through film

Youth Climate Strikes is a youth-made documentary covering the opinions of the young protesters as well as the science behind climate change. The filmmaker chose to use copyright-free interviews with researchers and specialists, as well as stock footage from around the world, to give weight to what we can do to change the trajectory of this growing issue.
Speaking with other young people who have been tasked with using stock footage in films they make in class, one student said: “It was different to any other film we’ve made because it was something I’ve never done before. Using images and archive footage made us think differently about the topic and the creative project.”
It’s always best to create your own photos and videos to illustrate a point if you can. However, if you or your learners would like to use stock footage in your films, sites like Pexels, Videvo, Pixabay and Mixkit all have large video collections that you can use for free. Just be sure to credit the source of the footage either on screen or at the end of your film, as per the website’s licensing terms.
This article is from the free online

Sustainability Through Film

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education