When THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWARTneeded to illustrate the
exaggerated dangers of modern teen behavior by contrasting it with those over the top teen delinquency films of the 1950s, which footage company came up with all those scary retro images of teens behaving badly?
When LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN wanted to creatively illustrate the televised colonoscopy of renowned TV newsman Harry Smith without
invading the morning personality's privacy, which archive unearthed just the right vintage "exploratory" footage (left), so viewers could see what was going on down there?
When the JACKIE ROBINSON FEATURE '42 wanted to create a timeline of the famed Brooklyn Dodger's career and major events of the era, which stock source stepped up to the plate to deliver the needed footage to
score a visual home run?
When JIMMY FALLON needed to open up his Karate Pinata segment with appropriately classic -- and somewhat goofy -- Kung Fu footage, which footage company did he turn to to execute the martial arts "death blow"
that contestants should emulate?
One-Stop Stock Shopping
For nearly three decades these and scores of other production companies have called regularly on FILM Archives Inc. for its vast variety of moving images.
A pair of energetic film collectors started the New York based firm in the mid-1980s, amassing an impressive collection and nicknaming their enterprise "The One-Stop Stock Library." Since then, FILM Archives has supplied the nation's top television
shows, filmmakers, advertising agencies, documentarians, news organizations, and corporate producers worldwide with hard-to-find vintage and contemporary film and video clips in all media formats.
The "FILM" in FILM Archives stands for Fast Images Lotsa Movies, "a name we have grown into naturally over the years, along with our reputation for breadth of imagery and very rapid project turnaround," said Mark Trost,
president and founding partner. Each day's numerous requests come from producers on the brink of deadline who needed their footage "yesterday," Trost noted. "And while we can't turn back time, we can deliver the needed image
within minutes via digital upload." Clients also can search, view, and instantly download thousands of clips from FILM's website--aggregated by topic rather than isolated clip. "Apart from getting a time machine,
you just can't get it faster than we can deliver it," said Trost.
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LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON, MYTHBUSTERS, E! TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY, WARNER BROTHERS, THE TRAVEL CHANNEL, FALLON ADVERTISING,
MGM, CNN, BBC, RAI, NHK, and scores of other customers know FILM Archives can deliver the needed footage on time and on budget. "Many of our top clients demand ultra-speedy turnaround.
We take great pride in fulfilling those requirements."
Of course, it takes more than speed to satisfy this cream of the crop client base. In the media capital of the world, the certainty of knowing FILM Archives actually has the material at hand
keeps high-end producers coming back for more.
Today FILM Archives offers clients online access to thousands of vintage and contemporary clips on virtually every subject, destination, newsmaker, lifestyle, and event, from
turn of the 20th century until today. Need it fast? We can instantly upload master material to your ftp site, or ours. Special requests for footage not on the site are researched, digitized, and sent for client viewing within minutes of an email or phone inquiry.
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FILM Archives' Ever Expanding Library
Our constantly growing library includes educational, government and industrial films; newsreels (from early 20th century through the early 1970s); silent comedies; television programs and
commercials; theatrical shorts; exclusive collections of martial arts and drive-in horror movies; breathtaking travel and beauty footage shot by leading cinematographers, major news events including tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, and natural disasters, Mideast wars, political rallies and protests,
economic recession and recovery, technology breakthroughs, and everyday activity with people at work and play from Cablevision's award winning News 12 Long Island news service.
To compress the often arduous task of viewing and selecting just the right shots for a production, FILM Archives maintains its own digitizing, uploading and film-to-video transfer facilities,
enabling clients to view customized reels on desktop, mobile device or DVD within minutes of a request.
Realizing that certain producers have ongoing footage needs (i.e., syndicated TV series, cable documentaries or long-form industrial presentations), FILM Archives also offers significant volume
"We have been fortunate in cultivating a long, loyal, and expanding list of clients over the years," says Trost. "These talented pros know there are larger, higher profile footage firms
out there, but they have discovered that we are the ones consistently delivering exactly the shots they need, exactly when they need it."
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Key Personnel Roster:
FILM Archives Inc.
Vintage Footage & News Video
Mark Trost: President and CEO
Karen Doogan: Vice President Online Operations
Kate Wilkinson: Director of Research
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