Documentary Uses Nothing But Stock Footage

Posted on 10/2/2013 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

The New York Times has published a story about “Let the Fire Burn” a new film due out today that chronicles the 1985 bombing by the Philadelphia Police of a house occupied by the radical group known as Move.  The fire spread to 60 other houses in the neighborhood.

For stock photographers and videographers the interesting thing about the film is that it was created entirely from archived footage. This points to the future value of archived material particularly if it is catalogued so it can be found.

Much of what is being shot today is being stored in the cloud. But in years to come when it is time to examine an event from a historical perspective will it be possible to find most of what was created. The dilemma is that it takes a huge amount of effort to properly catalog everything when only a minuscule portion of it will ever be of historical interest.

The story about what the director and editor went through to create this film is an interesting read.

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