What you film on-set is considered primary footage for your project, while B-roll shots are supplemental footage, usually filmed separately. 

Examples of B-roll include shots of a sunset, a beach or a busy street corner all without your actors.  B-roll can  enhance your story by creating tension or adding tone to further illustrate your story. 

Primary footage always requires a permit. SFTV students filming B-Roll by themselves, without actors and without a tripod, do not require a film permit both on and off campus. SFTV Introductory projects can only use B-Roll if outlined in the course syllabi or production guidelines. 

This fun 80’s video about B-Roll provides more context of what is and isn’t B-Roll.

Stock Footage is different than B-Roll in that it’s shot by someone else and is licensed for use.

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