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Secret Nuclear Test Films Restored
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the USA is working on an extensive programme of restoration of film of nuclear tests from 1945-1962, showing the power and scale of these horrific weapons.
The U.S. conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962, with multiple cameras capturing each event at around 2,400 frames per second. But in the decades since, around 10,000 of these films sat idle, scattered across the country in high-security vaults. Not only were they gathering dust, the film material itself was slowly decomposing, bringing the data they contained to the brink of being lost forever.
For the past five years, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) weapon physicist Greg Spriggs and a crack team of film experts, archivists and software developers have been on a mission to hunt down, scan, reanalyse and declassify these decomposing films. The goals are to preserve the films’ content before it’s lost forever, and provide better data to the post-testing-era scientists who use computer codes to help certify that the aging U.S. nuclear deterrent remains safe, secure and effective.
Historic Films Discovers The Lost Woodstock
Using a then state-of-the-art Sony Portapak video camera Carl Simring filmed the whole of this legendary concert in 1969, capturing unique footage of The Who, Janis Joplin and many others.
Harry Birrell Presents - Films of Love and War
In the Summer of 1941, a young Scottish soldier set sail for war. He took his camera and an obsession for making movies. Now those films and his diary have been recovered, and edited into a film, narrated by Richard Madden, famous for his role as one of the Starks in Game of Thrones.
FootageBank Joins the StockFootageOnline Family
Long-established footage library FootageBank brings its excellent collection to join the StockFootageOnline hub, the premier destination for users of high quality stock and archival motion content. We welcome them to our portal.
Screenocean's Raiders of the Lost Archive
The noted archive and history specialist are featuring their Raiders of the Lost Archive series and celebrating Black History Month and looking at the momentous events from the 1960s that paved the way towards a more equal and just society.
StormStock Braces for Hurricanes
Four birds brace against intense rain and wind as Hurricane Hermine approaches the Florida coast. Still from DCI 4K video shot by StormStock founder and cinematographer Martin Lisius.
A Hidden Trove Of Silent Home Movie Footage
Reelin' In The Years Productions has a fantastic collection of home movies of musical artists, shot at concerts or by fans, and this valuable content is available for use in documentaries and other projects.
StormStock Image from 16K Video Wins RPS Stills Competition
An image titled, "Tornadic Supercell over Goldenrod" won a stills competition hosted by the prestigious Royal Photographic Society (RPS) this week. What makes it unique is the image is actually a still pulled from the 16K short film "Prairie Wind," shot and directed by StormStock founder and cinematographer Martin Lisius.
The Joy of Music
Music brings people together. Music has the power to heal, create change, and can even transport you to another time and place. Whether it's footage or photographs, Global ImageWorks' music collection will inspire, entertain, and enliven your production.
SpaceX Mars Engine Test
SpaceX performed the first static fire test of a Raptor rocket engine for its Starship test flight rocket on 3rd February 2019, at SpaceX’s rocket development and test facility located in McGregor, Texas.
Rare Footage of Don Shirley Playing Piano
The Green Book is a new film just released about a road trip taken by African-American pianist Don Shirley and his driver/bodyguard Tony “The Lip” Vallelonga in the 1960s, based on the book he wrote. Here is some rare footage of Don Shirley at the piano.
Erickson Stock – Stories about Seniors
Photographer and film-maker Jim Erickson describes the healing process and recovery from ankle replacement surgery and surfing with his son in a lovely short video centred on surfing.
Peter Jackson to Direct New Beatles Documentary
Following his successful First World War documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, Peter Jackson has signed on to direct a second archive project: a film edited from the full 55 hours of footage of the Beatles’ Let It Be recording sessions.
David Bowie - Rare Ziggy Stardust Footage Found
David Bowie's performance of Starman on Top of the Pops in 1972 is considered a watershed moment in musical history. It has been hailed as the 'holy grail' by the BBC producer who found the debut from another show.