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How much does it cost to join BlackBox?
BlackBox Membership is free. As in, it costs nothing to be a member.
What kind of content does BlackBox handle?
Currently, BlackBox handles stock footage.
We have plans to expand our capabilities soon to include short form video, long form video, music, games, and educational content. Our goal is to have a global community of content creators, making great content and using the tools that allow for creator freedom.
How do I get started?
First, you need to register (it’s free).
Next, upload your footage to the BlackBox portal and build your portfolio. If you're unsure of best practices for this, don't worry. We'll guide you every step of the way.
Just know that the more you create and upload, the more you can make! We have members pulling in $2-3K a month in completely passive revenue, and they've been at it less than a year. Dream big, work hard, and the trust the Power of BlackBox.
Do I lose the rights to my content when I upload to BlackBox?
No! We’re passionate about content creators retaining ownership over their work. Content ownership is the path to financial freedom in the modern economy – that’s why we built BlackBox! In fact, BlackBox will not own any content, only members can own content.
What Formats Does BlackBox Accept?
BlackBox accepts 4K (4096 X 2160 & 4096 X 2304), UHD (3840 X 2160) and HD (1920 X 1080 & 1280 X 720) content, PROGRESSIVE. 4K and UHD is a preferred so your footage is future proofed. However HD footage is still VERY popular so don't shy away from uploading HD. Make sure the footage is formatted with no LetterBoxing or PillarBoxing (ie no black bars on the sides or the top and bottom).
Is BlackBox just another content "aggregator"?
Nope. We are a community of content creators.
We are an “upload once and get to many” platform. We do not sell your content for you, instead we send your work to online vendors that already do a great job of marketing and selling your content.
That’s the first part. The second is that we offer creators the ability to collaborate and “share” in the ownership of content. That way every collaborator gets paid automatically when the content sells. It's not a deferral or a promise. You own your "piece of the pie". Our system is secure and reliable.
How does BlackBox make money?
Our commission rate is 15% of net sales when your content sells. So on a $100 clip sale where the stock agency takes 60%, BlackBox will get $6 and you will get $34. The payouts from BlackBox are often more than you would get "going it alone". Why? This is the power of the community & platform. The more content we generate as a group, the better we will do in terms of rates from the agencies. And the same holds true for search results. The sheer size of our BlackBox portfolio makes every member's content more searchable to buyers.
Who can join?
All creators in film/tv/video are welcome!
If you play a role in any part of the content creation process, you can (and should) be a BlackBox Member.
This isn’t limited to only “production people.” Anyone or any entity that is part of the content creation process can be a Member and a contributor – including studios, rental houses etc..
For example, if you're an editor, you can take part in the process by editing/curating other members' content and get a share of revenue.
What Agencies does BlackBox deal with??
We deal with Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, Pond5 and Storyblocks.
What kind of footage sells?
If you are a media creator and you think the footage is valuable, then somebody else will too. Anything can sell as long as it’s well crafted.
For example: People (with model releases), breathtaking locations, everyday things, industrial and business settings and processes, technology, nature. You get the picture.
That being said: go for something unique!
Pro tip: Think beyond the typical footage that would be seen on the front page of a stock footage site. Shoot multiple POVs and be creative!
When and how do I get paid?
We process payouts via PayPal on the 20th of every month for revenue accrued during the previous month.
What are "Shares"?
Shares are the percentage of a given piece of content that you own and therefore, the portion of revenue that you will make when the content sells, often for years.
For a collaborative project, each creator that contributes to the creation of the content becomes a “Sharer.”
A great thing about BlackBox is that we do all of the payments so you don't have to handle the money and deal with payments to your collaborators.
What is a BlackBox Production Hub?
BlackBox Production Hubs are a great way for our members to create better content with the necessary assets, and with no up-front cost.
A BlackBox Production Hub is a space where content creators can go to produce content for BlackBox projects. Usually a studio or creative space, they provide the facilities and/or equipment for BlackBox Members.
Based on project needs, a percentage of ownership and earnings will be shared with the BlackBox Production Hub and the BlackBox collaborators involved. Watch for a BlackBox Production Hub to spring up in your area.