Shutterstock to rep rare Movietone collection

The stock footage firm will represent a never-before-seen collection of Movietone archival clips shot by Pinewood Studios between 1930 and 1960.
April 14, 2016

Shutterstock will represent a never-before-seen collection of clips from the British Movietone Moving Pictures Collection.

In an exclusive global distribution deal, the New York-headquartered footage firm will represent a collection of Pinewood Studios-shot, digitized 35 mm clips from the British archive’s collection. The footage is mainly comprised of 1,000 digitized HD outtakes, back plates and second-unit material produced by Pinewood between 1930 and 1960.

The clips encompass establishing shots of London, historic landmarks, POV shots from planes, trains and cars and aerial shots of landscapes throughout the UK, India, Italy, Turkey, South America and the U.S.

Shutterstock director of video acquisitions Tom Spota tells realscreen that the deal has been in the works for three years. To date, Movietone has digitized 300 reels of film from the collection amounting to 3,000 minutes, or more than 800 clips. There are 3,000 more cans in Movietone’s vault that have yet to be transferred.

“This archive is going to definitely fulfill producers and filmmakers doing period pieces and documentaries,” he says, adding that the agreement will be renewed in a year’s time.

Earlier this year, ITN Source inked a deal with Movietone to rep the company’s newsreel archive in the U.S.

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