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How to Build a Home Movie Empire: Interview with FootageForPro’s Daniele Carrer


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Home movie enthusiast Daniele Carrer owns an amazing collection of amateur films spanning the globe.  His unique footage adds a new historical dimension as it enables viewers to see the world through the eyes of ordinary people. We interviewed him to gain insight on how this taxing and sometimes tedious work of unearthing home movies allows us to see history differently.  (more…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Lily Yudinsky, Tel Aviv


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How did you become an archive researcher?

I feel as though I was born to be an archive researcher. Ever since I was a child, other people’s photo albums have always fascinated me and I’ve always had the urge to search through them. While studying for my BA in Film Studies and Literature at Tel Aviv University, I started working for the Open University of Israel. They needed a visual researcher and a clearance coordinator for their books. At the time, in 2000, there were very few online catalogues and archives, and all of the work was done by fax, phone and airmail. I felt like a real pioneer. I did research for many different subjects that still amaze me today: dance, theater, opera, ancient archeology, genocide, earth studies… It was very rewarding to get transparency from the Vatican Library. In 2005, I left the OUI and started my first archival work in TV for A Duck’s Journey directed by Gabriel Bibliowicz. The film was about the late comics artist Dudu Geva. After that I continued my work in archival research at a frantic pace in Israel and abroad – where anything goes – I can take up to 7-8 projects simultaneously.  (more…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Naomi Hall, Sydney


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How did you become an archive researcher?

I had been working in London in the advertising industry during the 1980s, and somehow progressed on the research area. Then I was given a job offer from a stock footage company in Sydney, which caused me to move into the film and television sector, eventually breaking away to do freelance content research.  (more…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Jim Anderson, Manchester


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You have an incredible amount of experience in archival research and production. How did you end up in this field in the first place?

Well, the reason I started in this field was because I was working on the BBC Fantasy Football League a Friday night topical programme where I had to find footage material every week. I started with a blank page on Monday and by Friday we had a show! I had to find funny clips like old TV programs, commercials etc. Famous guests would come on the show to discuss football topics. I did this for 3 years and helped produce over 50 programs! I also worked on a Feature Film starring Colin Firth and Mark Strong called Fever Pitch also about football. Since 1990’s-2007, I had mostly been working as an assistant producer and producer director. After 2007 the work coming my way always involved finding and clearing archive. Although I am very busy it’s a good line of work dealing with wide variety of topics from the cold war to sports. I would like to return to producing and directing too -probably an archive based production.  (more…)