SPECIALISING IN HIGH QUALITY, LOW COST, PUBLIC DOMAIN HISTORICAL FOOTAGE
PUBLIC DOMAIN EXPLAINED
is footage that has never been, or is no longer, in copyright
and is not subject to the usual licensing constrictions
and prices. It is material that was produced by American
government agencies, or gifted to the American people
by producers, thereby lifting any existing copyright. The Universal Newsreel, for example, covered all the main international
events, and in many cases contains footage identical or
similar to other newsreels which may be in copyright.
The footage we hold is eclectic and may include anything from date culture in 1920s Iraq, to devices for carrying dogs across the street, from serious news items to the "and finally" type stories. The collection contains documentaries and newsreels (edited and outtakes), commercials and some early fiction and it spans most of the 20th Century.
BROAD SUBJECTS INCLUDE
- Major international and national conflicts – two World Wars (both battle scenes and home front including colour material of WWII), Vietnam, Korea, Spanish Civil War, Iraq (Desert Storm) the Middle East conflicts, the Manchurian situation, the Spanish-American War.
Worldwide news coverage – Particular emphasis on world political events & personalities, American-European relations etc. These are included in the Universal Newsreels releases (1929 – 1967) and outtakes (ca. 1930 – 1959), the March of Time outtakes (ca. 1934 – 1951) and other news films.
- Major personalities of the 20th Century.
- US Government Educational & Propaganda Films, detailing subjects ranging from Agriculture to Labour to Civil Rights.
-Space race and NASA material.
- Industries and Manufacturing, (autos, aviation, etc).
- Russian life from the former Soviet Union.
- Over 300 films from The Library of Congress Paper Prints, the only extant copies of many short items (from 30 seconds upwards) recorded between ca. 1895-1915, which include: Immigration to USA;
- Industrialisation & Railroads;
- Recreation & Amusement Parks;
- Spanish-American War;
- Alaskan gold Rush;
- San Francisco before & after the 1906 earthquake;
- Vaudeville & Stage Acts;
- World Fairs & Expositions.
In the past year we have also been actively expanding two main areas: British and other European countries content, and footage relating to the Middle East.
We've also recently acquired a huge collection of Educationals (excellent for 1950s and 60s lifestyles) and Soundies - 3-minutes musical items -often featuring well-known musicians.
In addition to footage in the Public Domain, we also represent smaller collections that are sold in the more normal way based on the amount of footage used and licence required. These include a railroad collection, footage from Palestine/Israel and civil rights activities in 1960s USA.
HOW WE OPERATE
We currently have close to3000 hours of master material, 5000 hours of preview tapes and nearly 20,000 entries in our database. We can supply your master material on any industry format and standard that you require: PAL or NTSC, DigiBeta, BetaSP, DVCam etc. If we do not have the footage on master in-house, then we arrange to have the masters duplicated for you at no extra cost.
We have in London detailed information about the holdings in various collections containing Public Domain material. Although the National Archives in Washington DC does have a website, only a fraction of their collection actually appears on the site.
In order to keep our costs low, we do not have a published catalogue. We ask you to tell us about the type of material you are looking for – by phone, fax or email. Within a few hours we can come back to you with the result of our research for which there is no charge.
When you want to view the material, you mark up your chosen items from the list we send you and we make you a VHS preview tape at a very reasonable price.
FOOTAGE FARM provides a 24-48 hour turnaround service for the masters we hold in our London office. If we need to duplicate the material from Washington, the delays are similar to those you would incur if you went straight to the source and should take between three to five weeks to deliver. We do not charge extra for this.
It is always worth inquiring whether we have relevant material – and for this there is no charge. If we can't be of direct help but know of possible sources we gladly share them as we have a considerable range of research experience.
North American Producer? - go to FootageFarmUSA