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Latest BBC Big Cats Series Features The World's Smallest Cat
The latest BBC series features astounding footage of a tiny predator: the Rusty Spotted Cat. Living in Sri Lanka, this cute carnivore weighs only a kilogram and could fit in your hand, but is still an active hunter, though rarely filmed before so this footage gives us a glimpse into its life.
Unsurprisingly, the world’s smallest cat is rarely seen, so the BBC team paired up with conservationists in Sri Lanka to film a young male on the verge of independence in a remote rainforest reserve in Sri Lanka. Regular downpours, deep shade and a nimble cat all conspired to make this a huge challenge, but absolutely priceless images. Even armed with the knowledge that this was the smallest cat in the world… it would be a surprise just how small this little male was. His rainforest world is a baffling place, so his early explorations are full of wonder and surprise.
Ian Llewellyn, Camera operator, says: "Rusty spotted cats are a beautiful, yet elusive mammal. Filming them was incredibly challenging, both technically and logistically. As the smallest of the cat family rusty spotted cats are quick and unbelievably nimble; two factors that make them very hard to capture on film!
"Coupled with intermittent monsoon deluges, the deep shade of the rainforest canopy and lots of leeches, it made for a very interesting shoot. However with typical BBC NHU dogged determination we managed to film a sequence which I very much hope will shine at least some light on these incredible cats."
New Footage Library Stock30 Launches
Stock30.com, from creative agency Oursayso, is setting out to challenge the stock footage world by offering 4K resolution 30 second clips for just 20 pounds a month. The intention is to provide exceptional stock from professional camerapeople at a good value subscription price.
StormStock Image of the Month - Lightning
The image for January from the storm and severe weather specialist is a single bolt of lightning striking farmland ahead of an approaching twister, Shenandoah, Iowa, June 2017.
Framepool's Best Collection Highlights
Framepool continues to build its library, bringing researchers and producers more exclusive collections in HD, 2K and 4K+ to choose from. They show highlights from NBCUniversal, Amazing Race, Unesco World Heritage, Happy Kids, and many other spectacular collections.
New Lightning Footage Showreel from StormStock
Filmmaker Martin Lisius shot and produced a new footage showreel for StormStock, the stormy weather specialist footage library to show some of the exceptional weather footage they offer. It features lightning he photographed over the past two years in Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado using special techniques he developed specifically for this challenging subject.
Newsflare - Changing the Production Landscape, One Clip at a Time
The user-generated-content specialist Newsflare has published an interesting article on LinkedIn, written by Tom Levin, Archive & Sales Manager, about how their clip sales have changed the production sector and enabled different kinds of video and TV by supplying a huge variety of content from citizen journalists and members of the public.
UFO News - US Navy Pilots See Something Strange in the Sky
Video footage showing a bizarre aerial object, which some have claimed defied physics in how it flew, was released by the US Department of Defence as it confirmed it had spent $22 million (?16.5 million) researching such phenomena from 2007 to 2012.
NBC Universal Year in Review - Their Biggest News Stories of 2017
From President Trump’s inauguration to the California wildfires, 2017 has been an eventful year. Here’s a look back at some of the biggest news stories of the year so far from NBC Universal Archives. Selections include footage from the Women’s March, testimony from the James Comey hearing, the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the tragedy of the Las Vegas shooting, and more.
Let the Tiger Go
When Muli, a wild tiger in Sumatra, is rescued by the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation, she brings together scientists, conservationists and poachers in this story of survival. Muli is one of 400 Sumatran Tigers left in the world. The entire tiger population is on the brink of extinction because of poachers who sell their skins and bones, and the illegal market which consumes them.
Happy Holidays from WPA Film Library
WPA Film Library, known for their classic historical clips, show Conductor Leopold Stokowski and the Westminster Choir perform the Christmas carol, "The First Noel". The lyrics appear at the bottom of the screen so that viewers can sing along.
Footage from TV Show 'Amazing Race' Now Exclusively from Framepool
The specialist film-makers library has acquired the rights to the US TV show 'Amazing Race', a reality-based programme where competitors race over locations all over the world. Using high-quality drone and aerial shots, as well as conventional TV filming, the content is visually impressive.
Producers Library Finds Rare 1968 Footage of Robert F. Kennedy
On the 50th Anniversary of RFK's death Hollywood-based Producers Library has unearthed in its vaults rare footage of Robert F. Kennedy's visits to California in 1968 only a week before his assassination. This joins a large amount of excellent RFK material the library has in its collection.
Beatles Spark the “British Invasion” in 1963
In 1963 Beatlemania took off in the USA with the group touring and having their first US hit. More British groups soon followed, including the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Who. At the height of the British Invasion, in June of 1965, there were fourteen British-based songs in the U.S. Top 40.
LA 92 Wins the ABC News VideoSource Award
The National Geographic feature documentary, LA 92, directed by Daniel Lindsay and T. J. Martin, made entirely from archival footage material, won the ABC News VideoSource Award at the 2017 IDA Awards, held on December 9th, 2017. The awards celebrate documentary and non-fiction film-making.
StormStock Image of the Month
A fuel slick spreads down Memorial Drive in Houston, Texas during Hurricane Harvey. StormStock is the world's premier storm specialist footage library, creating the most dramatic film material of severe weather, hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning and floods.
California Wildfires Blaze Out-of-Control
The brush fire continues to rage near the Brentwood neighbourhood of Los Angeles, reaching the freeway, and forcing thousands to evacuate their homes to escape the flames.
New Footage Of Possible Thylacine/Tasmanian tiger
Australian researchers set camera-traps for supposedly-extinct Tasmanian predator. Controversial footage is claimed to show this very unusual animal – which carries its young in a pouch, like the kangaroo – but is a carnivore, moving in the remote bush.
Rare Colour Footage of D-Day Emerges
Film from June 1944 of troops and ships getting ready for the invasion of Nazi-occupied France has been found. Taken in Plymouth by cameraman Jack Lieb, it shows soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord, landing craft, warships, and some lighter moments – like a ship's puppy being given its own tiny lifejacket.