I was approached via email by a fairly bigtime feature and music video director asking if he could buy/license a couple my night timelapse shots for a major-label music video he's shooting. I guess he just saw the clip on vuze or youtube. He asked if I had my clips at a stock house and I said no, but he seems to be willing to work me directly. He's in LA, and I told him I could deliver in basically any format, since I have the shots in RAW 3.5K now.
Should I consider hooking up with a stock website?
He mentioned that a "one-time worldwide" typical rate is like $300-400 per clip, or that sometimes people might buy a clip outright for something like $1,000. Is that about right? These clips are only like 10 seconds long. I guess if you sell the clip outright, then that person owns it flat out and you no longer own it, whereas with the first option, it's just sort of a "rental" that they can use once in this one video.
I've never thought seriously about selling my stuff as stock, so I wonder if any of you guys can give me some general advice? Does anyone happen to know a good stock house to work with?