Show #4 Home Movies as Stock Footage: Secrets Revealed (Jan. 30)
Guest: Abraham Raphael, The Archivist
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Every home movie library has clips in it that someone might want for something. It doesn’t matter whether your home movies were shot on the farm or in the city, have famous people in them or home town happenings, capture the industrial world or the arts, foreign travel, Americana, or faces and places of the here and now (that were the there and then!) The older the material gets, the more valuable it becomes.
This show was a fascinating and lively discussion about Home Movies as stock footage. Our expert guest, Abraham Raphael, owner of The Archivist www.thearchivist.com shared his expertise on why there is a need for new content contributors, how to get your clips into a stock footage library, what types of releases are needed, how to monetize on the sale of stock footage and ethical considerations.
During the show we received a call from “Eleanor” who shared her story about how her engagement footage from over 50 years ago was sold to Volkswagen in a campaign called “Smiles”, and then sold again to Discovery Channel. She shared how she felt selling the footage commercially honored her family legacy in a different, yet significant way.
Phil Vigeant wrapped the show with our weekly “Tech Talk “; discussing practical technical choices the content contributor needs to make when having their film professionally scanned to increase their chances of someone wanting to buy a clip.
Bio of our Guest: Abraham Raphael is a veteran cameraman and segment producer within the film and television industry. He has worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment as a segment producer doing featurettes on such films as Monster House, Beowulf, Surf’s Up and Open Season. He has been a union cameraman for Hallmark Films and KCET.
Abraham’s unique interest in history emerged from his research into his owngrandfather’s death on the beaches of Normandy in World War II. In 2011 this research would eventually culminate in the return of looted art stolen during the war from German museums and was a national news story. The combination of his film and historical interests would lead to the development of thearchivist.com, a website whose main purpose is to comb through home movies in search of historical stock footage. His unique expertise in identifying historical stock footage has led to sales with every major Hollywood studio and production companies the world over. Some of these shots include never beforeseen footage of Jackie Robinson, Shirley Temple, Richard Nixon, David Ben-Gurion, and many other notable personalities. Shots from the collection have recently appeared on the Dr. Phil show, Oprah, and for various commercials that seek to elicit nostalgia.
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