[REVIEW] Film Stock Footage: Using Archival Material For Film - Raindance

I have just had an epiphany moment. On a trip from London to Toronto’s famous film festival I read an advance copy of James Forsher’s Film Stock Footage: Using Archival Material to Make Your Good Film Great. Had I had this book when I started out I am sure it would have shaved years off my journey and reduced hours of high anxiety off my production time.

Starting at the very first step, story, Forsher takes you through all the different elements of stock footage and how storytellers can use stock footage to enhance movies.. He vends in his lifetime of filmmaking experience making documentaries for American television with a series of easily-understood steps to sourcing, acquiring and licensing found footage. It’s like having him beside you.

Whatever type of project you have, whether it be documentary or fiction, this book will help you identify or source the best possible footage. if whatever delivery format you envision be it online, television, animation, commercials, books or radio – James Forsher’s book will spell out the commercial and legal implications. Should your project need found footage, Found Footage is a filmmakers bootcamp that should enable the novice through to experienced filmmaker a ton of useful ideas and information.

This book is an invaluable addition to any library.

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Photo Credit David Martinez / BIFA 2018

Few people know more filmmakers and screenwriters than Elliot Grove. Elliot is the founder of Raindance Film Festival (1993) and the British Independent Film Awards (1998). He has produced over 700 hundred short films and five feature films: the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead (2006), Deadly Virtues (2013), AMBER (2017), Love is Thicker Than Water (2018) and the SWSX Grand Jury Prize winner Alice (2019). He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America.

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Elliot has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writers’ Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay, now in its second edition, Raindance Producers’ Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking and Beginning Filmmaking: 100 Easy Steps from Script to Screen (Professional Media Practice).

In 2009 he was awarded a PhD for services to film education.

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