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HBO’s Chernobyl and Footage of the Real Thing
The HBO drama series “Chernobyl” has been praised for its dramatic reconstruction of the events around the nuclear disaster in the Ukraine in 1986 and the cleanup that followed. The series’ visuals were intensively based on reality footage of the terrible event.
When it premiered it was highly praised by critics and reached more viewers than some Gamer of Thrones episodes. Drama is not reality, of course, and has to create a version of what happened, often by changing or simplifying the real events. Chernobyl sticks very closely to the actuality of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
This shows how existing footage can be used in creative ways to design the look of a high production value series.
Huntley Archives – New Website and New Help Centre
Historical footage specialist Huntley Archives have updated their website: the layout is easier to search and navigate and screeners are downloaded in a single click. Now they are launching a new feature – a Help Centre.
Newsflare’s Latest Funny Animal Videos
Here are Newsflare’s best viral animal videos of last month. Newsflare collates a lot of amusing user-generated content and here is a look at some of it.
75th Anniversary of D-Day
June 6th, 2019 marks the 75th Anniversary of the invasion of mainland Europe by the Allied Forces. It was the largest seaborne invasion of all time, and opened up a Western Front against Nazi Germany, while the Soviet Union continued its pressure from the East.
“Funny” Horse at Staines McDonald's
A couple of men brought their horses to the drive-thru lane in McDonalds in the UK town of Staines, placed an order, then one horse refuses to enter the building to collect the food.
Colour Footage of D-Day
Hollywood director George Stevens filmed WW2 in colour using a home movie camera. The films were not discovered till after his death but show another side of the great conflict.
The NFB at 80
The world-renowned National Film Board of Canada is 80 years old this month, and is commemorating its birthday with a selection of its films from all of its history.
D-Day 75th Anniversary Aerials from HOsiHO
On the June 6th anniversary, there will be commemoration ceremonies in the presence of worldwide heads of state, and the French aerial footage specialist will be able to provide stills and footage of the area where the Allies invaded in 1944.
Red! Art in the Land of Soviets
INA and co-producer Arte just released a 52’ documentary that sheds light on the Russian artistic revolution. This film documents the rising of new artistic movements inspired and formed by the Revolution.
New Footage Library – Progress
East Germany the country is no more, but its films live on. Progress is a German archive of the complete film heritage of East Germany from 1946-1990. See the world from the other side of the Iron Curtain.
Tomorrow is The Day – footageMarketplace
The annual get-together of footage professionals is tomorrow Wednesday 15th May. A not-to-be-missed event with over 30 footage libraries and organisations exhibiting and excellent seminars to attend.
footageMarketplace Rolls Out This Week
Wednesday 15th May is the day, 195 Piccadilly (home of BAFTA) the place to meet the best in the footage industry and network with fellow professionals and attend the cutting-edge seminars.