Earlier this month Paris-based prodco Gedeon Programmes officially launched a new footage bank consisting of thousands of hours of documentary footage. Realscreen spoke with Gedeon president Stephane Milliere about the launch of The Picture Factory and what he feels makes it stand out from other collections.
The Picture Factory is a collection of documentary footage not only from Gedeon’s collection but also from the collections of other French prodcos such as Bonne Pioche (March of the Penguins), wildlife producer MC4, India doc specialist Sangha Productions and Underwater Cam. Gedeon has been producing documentaries for 15 years, and in that time has amassed a collection of 20,000 hours of footage which is all a part of this collection. ‘The other producers’ catalogues are very rich too,’ says Milliere of the other prodcos contributing footage to The Picture Factory so far. ‘We did not count [those hours] so far, but it’s a lot.’
The decision to create a footage bank came about when the city of Epinal, France began putting together the Image Pole, a home for French audiovisual collections. This created an opportunity for Gedeon to come on board and share the space within an historic site covering 500 square meters, and creating jobs for people in the area.
With support from the Epinal-Golbey Community Council, the Lorraine Council, OSEO, an award for Territorial Development from the French State, and the European Development Fund (FEDER) the collection is made up of wildlife, environmental, archaeological and cultural footage as well as reenactments and aerial and submarine views. ‘This image bank is a unique way to preserve the world scientific, historical and cultural heritage,’ says Milliere.
According to Milliere, the prices range from 460 to 2,100 euro, and there is currently a 20% off sale in honor of the opening of the collection for customers first purchase. Through the website (www.thepicturefactory.fr), which currently houses only 10% of the footage from the collection, you can register to use the online editing tool, which allows you to select, cut and edit the clip you want through the website, or you can contact an archivist to do a personalized search.