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As working creatives, it’s easy to let your craft be confined to your job. You put in the hours, and by the time you get home you’re so burnt out and tired from deadlines and tough projects, that the last thing you want to do is boot up your computer for even more software time. Sometimes, however, there’s nothing better to reaffirm your spirit for visual effects than a classic non-work project.

With many directors and films flaunting their use of on-set effects as a more pure approach to storytelling, CG is increasingly seen as a cheap and overdone trick. Action blockbusters dominate the box office and double down on this sentiment with shallow characters and one-dimensional storylines. People within the industry have said for years, however, that good CG is a product of good movies.

It has been a long time since we have released a free product so we thought we would follow up last week's release with our best Sound FX Collections to-date; Fire Sound Effects!

The anticipation is finally over and we are excited to bring our customers these new ActionVFX Stock Footage Collections! Typically we only release 1-2 products during release (3 in some cases), but this is no ordinary release. We are dropping FOUR high-quality visual effects Collections perfect for your film projects!

At ActionVFX, making top of the line VFX assets for professional artists and filmmakers is our #1 goal. We strive to deliver the unique and better content that our customers ask for. We also want to provide interesting and informative blog content that is targeted directly to our professional audience. That is why we are currently looking for blog writers to help us meet these needs!