Any documentaries?

  • cardoso avatar
    cardoso 28 Jan 2007 07:30
    Hi all,

    I thought this might be a good way to start off this topic...

    I think the clips sold here will probably be used in many lower budget documentaries. So I think watching quality documentaries might give us ideas of what producers are looking for in our clips.

    Does anyone have any good documentaries they might recommend? Shall we start a list?

  • jip avatar
    jip 28 Jan 2007 13:01
    Great idea... I'm trying to think of some documentaries, but I can only think of documentaries in which they don't use stockvideo
  • lee_wilson avatar
    lee_wilson 28 Jan 2007 23:25
    what about a documentary about the online stock footage market, surley that's got to be full of stock footage ?


  • varius avatar
    varius 29 Jan 2007 11:13
    Not really a documentary, but I'd like to recommend a movie called "Koyaanisqatsi". It's what got me into this business. It's a treasure chest full of ideas for every stock footage producer.
  • bestmoose avatar
    bestmoose 10 Jan 2008 18:21
    varius wrote:
    Not really a documentary, but I'd like to recommend a movie called "Koyaanisqatsi". It's what got me into this business. It's a treasure chest full of ideas for every stock footage producer.

    Good suggestion, but in can easily lead to Na-qoy-qatsi: (nah koy' kahtsee) 'A life of killing each other' as already noticed in some of the forum entries where criticism is used more likely for putting-down than putting-in (as in input, positive and/or negative). Nobody is perfect and some 'productions' might have just that tad of imperfection that might make it 'perfect' for a certain customer. Use of stock footage has an aura of using 'cheap stuff' and that for sure only is true when it comes to the exchange of money, not the realization of ideas and creativity. I find a lot clips here that 'I would never buy' that does not make them less 'good' or 'valuable' for others. I am in the CG & media market for over 20 years and I know, that nothing is predictable. A certain quality is required but that is guaranteed by the submission process, the rest is as always: 50% creativity, 43% sweat, and 7% taxes. ;)
  • ionescu avatar
    ionescu 2 May 2008 12:04
    What would you think of an entire feature film made from stock footage? Let's say 90 minutes, that is about 180 footage clips of 30''. In HD, that would cost 5400 USD, in SD that would be 2700 USD. I considered 30'' HD would cost 30 USD, and 30'' SD would cost 15 USD. So, roughly, a feature film would be up to 10,000 USD in HD or up to 5000 USD in SD. I think it is worth to give it a try. What you think of it?

    P.S: Do not forget the taxes! :)
  • ironstrike avatar
    ironstrike 2 May 2008 22:36
    Shhhh Ionescu!!
    You just discovered hollywood's secret formula for making movies!

    lol, I think most directors have their own artistic vision, and they only try to use stock footage when they necessarily have to. : )
    BTW Ionescu I really like your equalizer clip:

    ... And unlike Bestmoose, I haven't been in media for 20 years, but in my personal experience show business is highly competitive, and just like any other business you can use marketing research to predict what people want to buy. Its like predicting the weather, its not always right but you can come close.
  • RekindlePhoto avatar
    RekindlePhoto 3 May 2008 02:02
    Great idea, you are welcome to purchase one each of all my clips here at P5 to get the documentary started. I think that would give you a great start to show all of us ;)
  • ionescu avatar
    ionescu 8 May 2008 08:15
    Thank you, ironstrike!!!

    I like this of yours
  • asiaview avatar
    asiaview 5 Jun 2008 03:37
    Hey guys , I registered at p5 less than 2 week. its my first post here . I do documenteries in the philippines, I also shoot for others from deffrent part of the world. I am stuck with lots of footage from Asia. I will be a good idea to upload all of them . Thank guys for idea and Thanks to P5.