How much stock can you put into one production? That’s a question state broadcaster tvnz asked themselves when they went to work on The Way We Were, a retrospective look at the history and people of New Zealand. tvnz commissioned Auckland-based Communicado to produce the series, and supplied the stock from their own archives.
The first series of 22 programs used 354 minutes of archival footage, 70% of the total airtime. The series was so successful that a second was commissioned which used another 200 minutes, or 40% of the total. Stock was the key ingredient of the project, allowing viewers to see the way New Zealand had changed over the decades.
Also in this report:
-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
-The deal on DVD
-Oddities: A roll call of the strangest requests