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New World War One Film Colourises IWM Footage
Peter Jackson, best known for directing The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has created a new film using original footage from Imperial War Museums’ extensive archive, much of it previously unseen, alongside BBC and IWM interviews with servicemen who fought in the conflict.
His grandfather fought in WW1 so he describes the film as “I worked for free so it was definitely a labour of love.”
By using modern techniques old B/W footage was colourised, made to run smoothly, and sound added, including using lip-readers to ascertain what was being said – this dialogue was then added by actors.
The archive footage has been combined with original interviews with soldiers who fought in the war.
They Shall Not Grow Old is being released in UK cinemas on 16th October to mark 100 years since the end of the conflict.
Global ImageWorks is Strong on Civil Rights
The Civil Rights Movement was a decades-long movement with the goal of securing legal rights for African Americans that other Americans already held. Global ImageWorks has stills and footage from the height of the campaign in the 1960s.
BBC Launches Short Form Content Hub
The BBC has launched a new global platform for short-form content, BBC Reel. The hub has been created by BBC Global News, an independent branch of the broadcaster supported by commercial revenue, and will feature a mix of recycled archive videos and newly commissioned content.
StormStock Films Rare “Moon Rays”
Rare, nocturnal anti-crespucular "moon rays" behind a severe storm in Kansas. Cinematographer Martin Lisius, a world expert on filming severe weather captured these unusual sky effects recently.
Unusual Footage of Tame Foxes
Wild animals are...wild. Cats, dogs, cattle, horses have been bred over thousands of years to live alongside humans. Foxes are not domesticated – see some unusual footage of an experiment in wildlife training.
Japanese Rover Sends First Video From an Asteroid
Asteroid Explorer “Hayabusa2” deployed the MINERVA-II1 rovers to explore the surface of asteroid Ryugu on 21st September 2018. They sent back stills and a short burst of colour footage from the surface of the asteroid – the first time this has been done.
WPA Shows Archive Footage of Anita Hill Misconduct Testimony
As the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh come to halt over sexual misconduct allegations made against the judge by Christine Blasey Ford, readers are reminded of the history repeating itself 27 years earlier with the sexual harassment allegations levied against then-nominee Justice Clarence Thomas by Professor Anita Hill, and the need to take such allegations seriously.
Orson Welles Movie Restored
“The Other Side of the Wind” has been rescued from oblivion. The film, shot between 1970 and 1976 was unfinished at the time of Welles’ death in 1985, and has now been restored and will premiere on Netflix on November 2nd.
New John Lennon Footage Discovered
Here we have John Lennon performing in the studio with his fellow Beatle George Harrison and the Plastic Ono Band. The song? A funked out version of "How Do You Sleep?" from Lennon's second solo album, Imagine, recorded and released in 1971.
Typhoon Mangkhut in Honkong – Terrifying Footage
Hong Kong and other areas of East Asia have suffered a pounding from the world's strongest storm this year, Typhoon Mangkhut, which has hit China, after pummelling Hong Kong and killing dozens in the Philippines.
Thrilling Filming of Whales Playing in 4K
Epic drone footage of humpback whales cavorting off the resort of Umdloti Beach, on the South African East Coast, has just been posted on Youtube, showing what appears to be a mother and calf playing together in the coastal waters.
Amusing Footage Shot from a Toy Car
Somebody had the idea of attaching a GoPro Camera to a motorised toy car, then sending it down a long track while people do stunts as it races along. An amusing piece of film making. It’s not often you get a POV shot from a little model vehicle.
Snow in South Africa – Drone Footage
Few people associate South Africa with snow but here is some drone footage of snowfall in the bottom and on the heights of the Sani Pass in KwaZulu-Natal, which is unusual, but not unique.
Vimeo Stock Launches
The rival to Youtube, Vimeo, unveils a stock footage library, launching today. Featuring exclusive footage from iconic creators, and handpicked, royalty-free stock footage you can't find anywhere else, with special savings for Vimeo members.