Special Report on… Taking Stock: go big or go home – Oddities: A roll call of the strangest requests

Archive Film:...
October 1, 1997

Archive Film:

* George Washington

* Someone pushing a piano out of a bomber plane over New York City at night

Film Bank:

* Christopher Columbus

F.I.L.M. Archive:

* The Charge of the Light Brigade

* The Crimean War

Partridge Films Ltd.:

* Footage of extinct animals

Film Images:

* A family drowning in a rowboat


* A shot of a jumbo jet exploding mid-air (a frequent request)

Producer’s Library Service:

* Footage of the Titanic sinking

* Real murders on film

But, the award for the strangest requests definitely goes to the BBC:

* The Titanic sailing into New York

* Three men on a camel with a big star in the sky

* Live footage of dinosaurs

* Margaret Thatcher picking her nose

* Farting beetles

* The evolution of the breast

* A cameraman standing in the middle of a buffalo stampede

* Real life ‘Lucky Bastards’

* A point of view shot of a crocodile’s jaws over a camera

* America’s ‘dumpiest’ criminals

Also in this report:

-Taking Stock: go big or go home – In the digital age, footage is gold… 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

-Stock Trivia

-The deal on DVD


About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.