Endurance SFX

Endurance SFX

Endurance SFX | Build gripping underscores with cinematic rhythms, patterns, and textures

Introducing Endurance SFX, a library of rhythmic underscore elements that blur the lines between sound design and soundtrack.

Our first two sound effect libraries — Archetype and Anticipation — provide the essential sounds for creating impactful moments in your films.

Endurance SFX is the driving force in between those impactful moments.

Endurance SFX

Cinematic Underscore Elements

Build Cinematic Underscores

Underscores are sequences of sound that tie a film together. Your viewer is less likely to notice an underscore, but they’ll feel something is missing if it isn’t there. You might use an underscore as an alternative to music, as a light presence, or as a driving force to push your story forward.

Endurance SFX is all about this third use. The library’s percussive elements, pulsing drones, abstract patterns, and organic textures were captured with the idea of drive and determination in mind.

Use these tracks to create an underlying sense of progress in scenes where your character is rolling up their sleeves, preparing for the big day, or resolved to reach a breakthrough.

Highly Versatile

The tracks in Endurance SFX are designed to be layered together in endless combinations. They are more singular than music loops, but more systematic than individual sound effects.

Most of the tracks are between 30-90 seconds in length, allowing you to create underscores for an individual scene or an entire project.

There is a wide variety of patterns across the clips, but they all share a common tempo (90 BPM). This gives you the freedom to experiment, mix-and-match, and create unique soundscapes for your commercial projects or cinematic short films.



5 Distinct Categories

We curated the pack down to only the best and most useful sound effects. With 80 original effects across 5 useful categories, you’ll be able to quickly find the perfect sounds.

4 Useful Variations

Each track comes in four variations: Normal, Distortion, Silk, and Space.

Distortion is crunchy and impactful. Silk is deep and rich. Space feels super ambient and airy.

Professional Grade

Inspiring sound design is now attainable for filmmakers at every level of the game.

The sounds are professionally mastered and compatible with all major editing platforms.

Endurance SFX

Cinematic Underscore Elements

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Paul Tellefsen

Paul Tellefsen

Paul Tellefsen | Personality, portraiture and the art of listening well

“May 24, 2013, was a day I’ll never forget. A career-launching day…”

Paul Tellefsen is a travel and lifestyle photographer from Dallas, Texas. His clients include Google, Cadillac, Toyota, Ford, Marriot and country music legend Paul Brandt. Paul gave us a BTS look at his recent portrait shoot that uses our Advanced Lightroom Effects and his nuanced approach to conveying a story.

What was your path to becoming a photographer?

I picked up a camera at age 12, falling in love with the process and how it could be used to connect with people. For my college major, Emerging Media and Communication, I studied online identity and the implications of modern technologies on our lives and cultures. Enter Instagram.

Through Instagram, I started hosting meetups with other local creatives and doing a lot of shooting. For my senior capstone project, I made a documentary called “Instagram is” about my experience of forming real friendships through digital platforms, told through the stories of four Instagrammers.

May 24, 2013, was a day that I’ll never forget, a career-launching day that I attest to most of the opportunities I’ve had in my life since. Instagram themselves shared the documentary with 85 million people that day. The viral success of the film spurred me to take my photography career full-time and to continue building community through social media and in-person with an organization called Socality.

“Have empathy towards the person behind the story.”

Tell us about your approach to photography.

Storylistening is the frame in which I see the world. It’s a phrase first used by my friend Matt Knisley in his book Framing Faith, which I highly recommend.

It all comes down to the belief that to tell a good story you first have to not only listen but have empathy towards the person behind the story.

The visuals I create are incredibly purposeful, but at the same time oddly spontaneous in order to capture captivating moments in time.

How did Storylistening play out on this particular shoot?

Morgan grew up in the country and is a very free spirit, which is something I really tried to honor as we told the story of her moving to the city.

We met up at a local coffee shop to take a moment to talk through the afternoon, then we walked to a great parking garage location I spotted. The light inside the garage was amazing and we played a lot with size and framing.

We spontaneously ended up on the road outside for a few unique fashion portraits. Morgan is a real natural in front of the lens, and it made this shoot effortless almost.

“One subtle effect goes a long way to bring an image to life.”

What’s your philosophy on editing, using effects, etc?
Editing is used to create the image you saw in your mind when you clicked the shutter. I tend to edit to match the photo to the specific emotion I’m trying to convey. I like for my images to each have strong character, with the right balance between vibrant color and muted tones.

For this shoot, I experimented with a handful of effects and ended up using some subtle flares from the Skylight pack to intensify the existing light in shots. I wanted that ethereal and nostalgic feel that we had during magic hour to really come through in the final images.

I love how real Lens Distortions effects feel. You can tell how much time and effort has been put into capturing each one.

My piece of advice would be to use them sparingly. One subtle effect goes a long way to bring an image to life an image. You want the effect to support the main subject, not the other way around. The casual viewer shouldn’t even know anything was added.

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Endurance SFX

Syncopated percussive elements, pulsing drones, abstract patterns, organic textures — Endurance blurs the line between sound design and soundtrack.

Paul Tellefsen

Get a glimpse inside the head of an empathetic portrait photographer and see how he used our Skylight pack to dial in the look of his most recent SoCal shoot.

“The Bowl” by Peter McKinnon

See how Peter uses a powerful visual metaphor, cinematic footage, and well-executed sound design to convey a life-changing experience in Kenya.

Your career has grown right alongside Instagram. How do you feel the platform is evolving today?

At the end of the day, Instagram is a place to connect. We connect over a thousand different things, for many, it might be the common affinity of art, but to expect anything else from the platform itself isn’t realistic.

Really all technology is meant to help us connect better as humans. Establishing yourself outside of the digital platform is vital to your longevity in the industry.

You can find Paul on Instagram as @technopaul.

“The Bowl” by Peter McKinnon

“The Bowl” by Peter McKinnon

“The Bowl” | Peter McKinnon shares the impact of a single image

“Accentuating my story with proper SFX really helped tie the project together…”

Peter McKinnon teamed up with World Vision to tell a story of hope amidst crises. A seemingly mundane photo of a bowl stuck with him more than any other from his trip to Kenya and he used the image in a surprising and powerful way to sum up what he experienced.

As an experienced storyteller, Peter knows the importance of sound in making a film come to life with visceral feeling. “Capturing the sound of an environment is an absolute must for me. Hearing something distinct and specific to a place, time, or person can really draw you right back,” he said.

To supplement the audio he captured on location, Peter used a few sounds from our Archetype SFX library throughout the film.

“Accentuating my story with proper SFX really helped tie the project together and give it that seamless flow I was looking for. They often say if it looks bad, people will still watch. If it sounds bad, they won’t,” he added.

See more of Peters’s work on his Youtube Channel.


See how emerging artists and global brands use Lens Distortions in their projects.

What’s New in Luminary for Video

What’s New in Luminary for Video

Luminary Glass Overlays | The definitive post-production counterpart to an iconic cinematography technique

Since the beginning, unique glass effects have been a hallmark of Lens Distortions. Luminary is the quintessential example of this signature style.

From delicate to assertive, these glass textures offer you a unique way to complement your subject, accentuate or soften parts of your shot, and add complexity to your film.


Distinguished Glass Overlays

Signature Style

This pack contains some unapologetically bold looks for scenes where you’re really seeking to make a statement. But it also contains no shortage of nuanced and intricate elements for adding just a touch of subtle intrigue to your shot.

Luminary is the iconic glass shoot-through style from A to Z.

What’s New

Luminary now includes 90 glass overlays and is organized into 5 distinct categories to better showcase the diversity of looks.

We’ve created some new clips to make one of the most popular use cases (transitions) easier and added a few previously unreleased overlays to really round out the mix.

As always, we’ve meticulously curated the essential effects based on aesthetic and use case.

Explore the effect categories in Luminary and see some classic use cases in the brand new overview video.

We’ve also some created new tutorials for Final Cut X, Premiere, and After Effects, which can be found below.

Existing Luminary customers can download the new clips and category structure as a free update. Just use the original download links in your email receipt or account.

5 Distinct Categories
90 Effects Total

01 – Quick

Grab attention and create a sense of urgency with the clips in the Quick folder. These also work great as transition elements between cuts and also pair perfectly with speed-ramped shots.

02 – Bold

Make a statement with these gorgeous, refined glass overlays. Some are silky and soft, others are more complex… but all of them are perfect for framing your shots with light.

03 – Delicate

Based on the classic glass shoot-through technique, these overlays are perfect for accenting small, profound moments.

04 – Immersive

Wrap your subject in glimmering bokeh and light. Use these effects to create a sense of awe or magic.

05 – Intricate

Use these unique effects to add subtle glints of light to objects.

Existing Luminary customers can download the new clips and category structure as a free update. Just use the original download links in your email receipt or account.


Tutorial: Using Luminary in Premiere

Learn to how to frame your shot with glass using Luminary in Adobe Premiere.

Tutorial: Using Luminary in Final Cut X

Learn to how to frame your shot with glass using Luminary in Final Cut X.

Tutorial: Advanced Glints in AE

Learn how to create stylized glints and reflections in After Effects using Luminary.


Distinguished Glass Overlays

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Anticipation Sound Effects

Anticipation Sound Effects

Anticipation SFX | A versatile sound effects library for bright, inspiring projects

Introducing Anticipation SFX, a new library of sound effects from Lens Distortions. Our first sound effects library, Archetype, was released earlier this year and focused on the darker, weightier side of cinematic sounds.

Anticipation SFX focuses on the hopeful, anticipatory side of things. The two libraries together provide the essential sounds for any cinematic filmmaker.

Anticipation SFX

Cinematic Sound Effects

Hanging on every sound

The phrase “so quiet you could hear a pin drop” instantly conjures up a feeling of intense anticipation. But the reality is, those moments are never filled with pure silence. Instead, a person is hypersensitive to every sound in their environment, with even the most delicate of noises adding to the suspense.

The bright and bold sounds in this library help fine-tune the emotion in your film. They strike a balance between optimism and tension. But it’s the kind of tension you feel before the big game, before the plane wheels leave the runway, or right before the bride is revealed.

Highly Versatile

Rather than bombard you with quantity, we believe that it’s better to provide an organized set of essential effects that work great on their own and play well with each other.

Combining multiple effects will give you limitless options to craft a dynamic soundscape tailored directly to your film.

Inspiring sound design is now attainable for filmmakers at every level of the game. Our SFX libraries are professional mastered, compatible with all editing platforms, and completely royalty free.


5 Distinct Categories


The Risers are an essential part of the library and help you create a sense of swelling momentum and tension.


Grab attention and accentuate key moments with Hits. This folder contains a variety of impacts, sub hits, and unique keyed hits.


The Whooshes are primarily bright and crisp, and also include are a variety of time-lapse SFX, which give a sense of passing time.


Some moments simply have a presence to them that’s almost felt more than it’s heard. These are delicate and ethereal.


Lastly, we included a variety of Atmopsheres in the library. Sometimes a little bit of room tone or distinct environmental noises can really help ground a sequence or scene. The sounds are intended to be familiar and subtle.


Having a diverse set of categories is a great starting point. Having variations of each sound opens a world of possibilities. Each sound comes in four variations: Normal, Distortion, Space, and Tube.

The Distortion variations drastically increase the impact of a sound. The Space variations feel super ambient and airy. The Tube variations were physically recorded to through an analog preamp for warm tones.

Anticipation SFX

Cinematic Sound Effects Library

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Harness the Forces of Nature

Harness the Forces of Nature

Harness the Forces of Nature | All New Fog II, Rain, and Dust for Video

Meticulous filmmakers demand the best of everything for their projects: from crew members to camera lenses, and locations to soundtrack. Why settle for anything less with the effects you add in post?

We’ve added three new packs to our lineup of natural video effects with the discriminating filmmaker and VFX artist in mind.

Cinematic haze, smoke, and atmospheric effects

Natural rainfall with raw intensity

Subtle, slow-moving particles

Fog II, Rain, and Dust

Natural Elements – Optically Captured

From day one, we’ve focused on offering high-quality effects created by optically capturing real elements in camera with top gear. These new packs are no exception. You can come close to mimicking these effects with CGI, but that’s labor-intensive and time-consuming. With our Fog II, Rain, and Dust packs, you get a genuine look with less time spent.

Curation is a hallmark of all Lens Distortions products. We focus on providing only the best and desired variations of each effect. With Dust and Rain, the 25 effects in each respective pack will cover most any use case. While Fog II delivers 50 distinct variations organized in four categories to cover the nuances actual fog and haze exhibit.


Fine tune a shot or create a whole new scene

Lighting and focal lengths largely determine what’s visible in your shot. Sometimes elements that are present on set don’t come across much in the recording. You can easily intensify the existing fog, dust, and rain in a shot by simply applying one of these overlays.

Other times, you’re creating a world from scratch. From a title sequence that needs background texture to a complex composite that needs layers of detail, these natural overlays are just the right ingredients in the hands of an experienced editor.

Powerful Combinations

Our Fog II, Rain, and Dust video overlays were designed to work beautifully together.

Layering multiple effects from the same pack can create interesting depth and dimension. For example, you could use a few Fog II clips to put a solid blanket of haze in the background and some wispy smoke trails in the foreground, creating a complex environment around your subject.

Nature often delivers fog and rain together in real life, why not do the same in post? After all, the goal is to create a realistic and visceral scene. Fog II actually helps naturally blend the Rain effects into your shots.

Our enduring Light Hits pack has been a favorite among Lens Distortions users since its launch. Light Hits offers soft, natural bursts of sunlight. Since dust generally is visible in the glow of light, pairing Light Hits with the new Dust pack and a little editing know-how will yield some pretty interesting visuals.

Fog ll

Genuine layers of haze and atmospheric depth.


Natural rainfall with raw intensity.


Subtle, slow-moving particles

Fog ll

Genuine layers of haze and atmospheric depth.


Natural rainfall with raw intensity.


Subtle, slow-moving particles

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