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Anthony Bottini
Requesting Footage...
on Dec 29, 2010 at 5:47:10 pm

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the somewhat elemental question but for the projects I normally take on for my small business, they typically only require me to use footage that I shoot. I now have a client that is requesting that we include a few seconds of 9/11 World Trade Center footage to add to the drama and learning impact for the training video we are doing.

Two Questions:

1. If you were me and you needed to get some 9/11 footage for as little expense as possible, what would you do.

2. And normally, what is the best practice for obtaining footage from various news/archival sources? I mean, do you just give them a call and say "Do you have XXX on file?" and "How much do you charge?" How does this normally work in this industry?

Any direction someone could give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Requesting Footage...
on Dec 29, 2010 at 6:38:01 pm

Contact:

Brian Fulford
CNN ImageSource
One CNN Center
Room SW0919C
Atlanta, GA 30303

+1 866 462 4350 toll-free
+1 404 827 3326 phone
+1 404 827 1840 fax

Tell him that I referred you.

Prepare a brief one-paragraph summary of what you're company is working on, and create simple wish list that contains ideas of what you hope to find in their archives, such as:

1) Vice President Cheney looking out through jail bars, discusses his arrest and conviction by the world court.

2) Rush Limbaugh arrested for falsifying another Viagra prescription.

3) Donald Rumsfeld and Karl Rove caught in Greenwich Village bath house tryst.

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
http://www.drwfilms.com

POST-PRODUCTION WITHOUT THE USUAL INSANITY ™


A forum host of Creative COW's Business & Marketing and Apple Final Cut Pro forums. Formerly host of the Apple Final Cut Basics, Indie Film & Documentary, and Film History & Appreciations forums.


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Anthony Bottini
Re: Requesting Footage...
on Dec 29, 2010 at 7:28:36 pm

David, thanks so much, this is excellent. Do you know how much an organization such as CNN would typically charge for a request such as this?

Anyways, I will give him a call and see if he can help. Thanks again - you da man!!

- Anthony


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Requesting Footage...
on Dec 29, 2010 at 7:43:37 pm

[Anthony Bottini] "Do you know how much an organization such as CNN would typically charge for a request such as this?"

Give Brian a big song and dance about the client's limited budget and see how he responds.

Brian is very fair, and he will try his best to help if he can. Sometimes he can work miracles, sometimes not... All depends on how tightly that particular footage is regulated, as every shot in the CNN library has different rights associated with it.

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
http://www.drwfilms.com

POST-PRODUCTION WITHOUT THE USUAL INSANITY ™


A forum host of Creative COW's Business & Marketing and Apple Final Cut Pro forums. Formerly host of the Apple Final Cut Basics, Indie Film & Documentary, and Film History & Appreciations forums.


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Nick Griffin
Re: Requesting Footage...
on Dec 29, 2010 at 8:41:19 pm

[David Roth Weiss] "1) Vice President Cheney looking out through jail bars, discusses his arrest and conviction by the world court.

2) Rush Limbaugh arrested for falsifying another Viagra prescription.

3) Donald Rumsfeld and Karl Rove caught in Greenwich Village bath house tryst."


Ladies & Gentlemen... Give it up for David Weiss!! He'll be here all week and on Friday and Saturday nights there are two shows a night. And don't forget to tip your waitresses.

But seriously...

Anthony -
You should probably try multiple sources to see what views you can get, although pricing is likely to stay in the same ballpark. If you REALLY need to do this on the cheap go to the cheap stock sources like iStock, Dreamstime, bigstockphoto.com and get a still image on which you could do a dramatic pull-out, zoom in, etc. The music you use will have a lot to contribute to the drama you are seeking to create.

And now, back to the oh so subtle political comedy-stylings of David Weiss.


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David Roth Weiss
And Happy New Year Too!!!
on Dec 29, 2010 at 9:19:42 pm

Thank you Nick!!! Applause is always welcome and greatly appreciated.

Gosh, the way this past decade has gone I think a bit of humor here on the Business and Marketing is a relief, and I'm glad to provide it anytime, even at my own expense.

Meanwhile, I want to take this opportunity to ring in the new year and the new decade for everyone here. I hope everyone of you here has lots of good fortune ahead.

As we say in my hometown of New Orleans, "Laissez bon temps roulette..." - Let the good times roll.

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
http://www.drwfilms.com

POST-PRODUCTION WITHOUT THE USUAL INSANITY ™


A forum host of Creative COW's Business & Marketing and Apple Final Cut Pro forums. Formerly host of the Apple Final Cut Basics, Indie Film & Documentary, and Film History & Appreciations forums.


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Steve Wargo
Thanks David
on Dec 30, 2010 at 7:03:57 am

By the way, I have all of the 911 footage stored on my old TIVO. Do you think CNN would mind? (Sarcasm)

Steve Wargo
Tempe, Arizona
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Mark Suszko
Re: Thanks David
on Dec 30, 2010 at 3:01:38 pm

You might want to also check for footage the feds own that is public domain. Maybe Library of Congress?


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Thanks David
on Dec 30, 2010 at 4:38:23 pm

[Mark Suszko] "You might want to also check for footage the feds own that is public domain. Maybe Library of Congress?"

Just be prepared to wait, and wait, and wait some more. Our government in action does not work at the same pace as most of us and our clients.

The Library of Congress only charges for research and duplication, no actual fees for their footage. Great right? However, there's just one catch... they typically have orders from a zillion other U.S. citizens in the cue waiting for their duplication orders to be fulfilled first.

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
http://www.drwfilms.com

POST-PRODUCTION WITHOUT THE USUAL INSANITY ™


A forum host of Creative COW's Business & Marketing and Apple Final Cut Pro forums. Formerly host of the Apple Final Cut Basics, Indie Film & Documentary, and Film History & Appreciations forums.


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Chris Blair
Re: Thanks David
on Dec 31, 2010 at 11:22:28 pm

I used to do documentary work and we used Library of Congress photos in many of them. The research and duplication costs can surprise you. 17-18 years ago it used to average costing about $50-$75 per photo. Not bad but if you need a lot of photos it can add up in a hurry. Video was similar in regard to the duplication costs.

And their "research" isn't much to write home about. Once while researching a film about the 19th Amendment, we spent 2 days there looking for images. There were two of us and we had one person assigned to help us who we saw about once every 2 or 3 hours and who provided little if any help. Had similar experiences at National Archives and Smithsonian in terms of getting any assistance for "public" images and films. It's a lot less hassle to buy them.

Chris Blair
Magnetic Image, Inc.
Evansville, IN
http://www.videomi.com
Read our blog http://www.videomi.com/blog


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Thanks David
on Dec 30, 2010 at 5:20:43 pm

[Steve Wargo] "I have all of the 911 footage stored on my old TIVO."

I feel really bad, because I have the CNN, BBC, and CBS 911 composite reels sitting right here on my shelf, but of course, I'm not free to give any of it to Anthony.

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
http://www.drwfilms.com

POST-PRODUCTION WITHOUT THE USUAL INSANITY ™


A forum host of Creative COW's Business & Marketing and Apple Final Cut Pro forums. Formerly host of the Apple Final Cut Basics, Indie Film & Documentary, and Film History & Appreciations forums.


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