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.
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.
[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]"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.
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.
[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.
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.