21 Oct 2008 Microstock in Hollywood
Last night I sat down to watch The Nanny Diaries featuring Scarlett Johansson and Laura Linney – as you do when it’s your wife’s turn to choose the movie. Guess what I saw in the opening scene?
Yep, my humble microstock photo up there on the big screen! Well, we were watching it on DVD with a 13 inch MacBook, so it wasn’t big, but last year when the movie was in cinemas it would have been big.
We paused the DVD and verified the image by matching the numbers. Sure enough, our top selling microstock photo was a Hollywood star! (click the thumbnail on the right to see a larger version)
There’s Two Ways to Go with This
I could, as many do, get upset about how a big budget Hollywood movies can afford to spend more than a few dollars buying photos in the microstock market. I could cite it as an example of how premium photo buyers are forcing traditional stock photographers out of the market by buying microstock photos. And I could try to figure out from which agency the producers purchased the photo and if they needed an Extended License for that usage and if so whether they purchased one or not.
Alternatively, I could dance around in excited little circles for a few minutes and then start telling all my friends that one of my photos was used in a Scarlett Johnasson movie.
Which way do you think I went?