Special Report on…Taking Stock: Stock Trivia

October 1, 1997


London Film Archive: Boasts an amateur film from the early 30s of a couple on honeymoon. Over the course of 18 months, the couple shot 18 rolls of film using a tripod. Footage contains looks at Japan, India and Iran from 1929 – 1931.

F.I.L.M. Archive (formerly Streamline): Owns a ten-minute color movie of Hollywood Blvd. on VJ Day.

Film Images: Has home movies from the 20s of the Mountbatten family on holiday with Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks.

Film Bank: Recently won the international rights to the L.A. County Sheriff’s department’s video library.

Abamedia: Are representing the Krasnogorsk archive, one of the largest film libraries in the former Soviet Union.

Footage on the move…

Image Bank: Canadian rock icons, Rush, just wrapped up their Test For Echo tour which used stock footage assembled by Spin Productions in Toronto as a stage backdrop.

Energy: Has stock appearing in major movies like Twister, Independence Day and Volcano.

aptv: Stock of the handover of Hong Kong to China gives Wayne Wang’s new movie – The Chinese Box, starring Jeremy Irons – a real-time feeling.

Elvis spotted in Wales!

Bill Ellis of Rhyl could hardly believe his luck when he followed up on a classified offering Elvis records for sale and they were accompanied by a film of the King. The five-minute, 8mm color film dates from a 1958 tour of Canada during which he performed ‘Baby, let’s play house’ in his famous gold lamé suit. Although the film has no sound, it is in remarkably good condition and is currently for sale.

Also in this report:

-Stock Trivia

-The deal on DVD

- TVNZ packs them in

-Taking Stock: go big or go home – In the digital age, footage is goldÉ If you’ve got the cash to keep up. As the big companies get bigger and smaller archives go niche or get out, brand new players are making for a volatile footage market

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.