A marvellous Amy Adams has to handle close encounters of a different kind in the intelligent SciFi thriller “Arrival”. This alien invasion story with a difference directed by Denis Villeneuve focuses on a linguist tasked with understanding the language of the invaders. But that isn’t the only mystery… Go to the cinema! You will also enjoy encounters of a more familiar kind: with footage from Framepool.
Many people find themselves in the same situation as our nice little family: old personal films are stored somewhere, but unviewable without the right equipment. Framepool has the solution: we can scan your films and review the material. If our experience tells us it could prove successful on the market, we will incorporate it into our archive and Framepool’s quality keywording will ensure it can be found.
As well as rescuing old films from oblivion, this means that they can, with a bit of luck, also provide you with some extra income.
Discover more about Framepool film rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Pache | | General, Stock Footage Highlights, Technology, Zeitgeist – Vintage Film | archival film, film scan, historical Footage, private film collection, quality keywording, Stock footage | 0 Comments
The end of the year is a time for family. And the perfect time for Framepool to present a new collection of delightful personal family footage: Mom, Pop and two small boys beginning to discover the world around them.
Sometimes our job is like Christmas: a carton of Super8 films labelled “Garden” or “Istanbul, Mexico, America” or “Christmas 1970” turns up. We have no idea what kind of treasure has been entrusted to us until the material is scanned. Only then do we find a small family surrounded by Christmas presents, enjoying winter holidays, hiking on tidal mud flats, celebrating children’s birthdays and Easter. We see the sons as newborn babies and as they take their first steps, splash around in puddles, topple headlong into sand, meet dogs and chickens, squabble and cuddle. This terribly nice family wins over hearts.
We also found titbits like the squirrel using a man as a climbing frame, a home-made animated film with the legendary model railway “Märklin 0 Gauge” and many personal impressions from the world of the 1970s. Finding the right keywords for all this footage and getting it online keeps our keywording department busy.
We wish you a peaceful end to the year with these family images and as much fun as we had discovering this intimate and unusual footage:
Denise Pache | | Contributor Corner, Stock Footage Highlights, Zeitgeist – Vintage Film | 1970s, Birthday, Christmas, Collection, Easter, exclusive, HD stock footage, historical Footage, Märklin 0 Gauge, private film collection, Stock footage, Super8, vintage, winter holiday | 0 Comments
As some of you may perhaps know already, the enterprise Broadside Enterprises, Inc. from Los Angeles is now backing Framepool. The new investor plays an active role in the Hollywood film industry. “We will open up exciting prospects for Framepool in the largest film production market in the world,” says Christopher Petzel, CEO at Broadside, who hails from Germany. “And we will develop new products together and tap into new markets to achieve significant growth.”
As is currently happening in China: we have been working non-stop on the Chinese version of our webshop over the last few months, and it has just gone online.
Have a look: Framepool webshop in Chinese
More exciting projects are in the offing – we will keep you posted!
Everybody on Earth should see the film “Before the Flood”, the National Geographic documentary on the consequences of climate change made by Oscar award winners Leonardo diCaprio and Fisher Stevens (director). Starring Ban Ki-moon, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Pope Francis … And our footage, of course – anything else would be unimaginable given Framepool’s longstanding focus on this area!
BE FAIR, AND PLAY BY THE RULES!
An exception to copyright law exists, but is all too frequently misapplied: the right of quotation. Works protected by copyright may be used for the purpose of quotation. This can apply to academic works, news reports, satires, parodies or documentaries dealing with the topic under discussion. Countries including the USA and Israel also allow quotation in teaching and educational materials and by search engines.
The key concept here is fair use: quotations from works protected by copyright must be used within the framework of an independent work on the topic. Assembling “collections of quotations” is not covered. While no fixed rule exists that would define exactly how much can legitimately be cited from another work, borrowing too much will not be judged to be covered by “fair use” if a dispute arises. Even when sources are given, one may not use third-party material to embellish one’s own work.
As is always the case, rules differ and are interpreted differently in different places. As such, whether footage can be used for the purpose of quotation, and the form it can be used in, must be determined individually on a case-by-case basis to avoid unpleasant surprises. We would be happy to help you with this.
Enquiries to email@example.com
Denise Pache | | Contributor Corner, Good to know, Legal Matters | academic works, Copyright, copyright law, documentaries, parodies, quotation by search engines, quotation in educational materials, quotation in teaching, right of quotation, Rights clearance, satires, Third party rights, third-party material, USA | 0 Comments
“Stars are public persons, so using footage of them is fine.” True or false? The law on using footage of persons of public interest is ambiguous even in such tightly-regulated countries as Germany. Different spheres of law intersect here: freedom of opinion and press freedoms collide with privacy and publicity rights. But a rule of thumb can be derived from the numerous cases which have arisen:
When images or audio from people who have become famous because of their status, office, talents or exploits (such as politicians, artists, actors, or sportspeople) are used in the context in which the individuals in question have reached prominence, the public interest in information is generally valued more highly than the right of individuals to privacy.
George Clooney and his wife walking on a red carpet could legitimately be used (in an editorial context) to illustrate the topic of George Clooney as an actor.
But if the same material was intended for use in an advertising context, say to suggest that George Clooney has a preference for a particular toothpaste, Mr. Clooney could raise objections. He would most certainly be in a position to raise objections if a marital row captured on camera by chance were to be shared with a wider audience (private sphere!) But if the marital row just so happened to take place on the red carpet – well, that would be a different story again.
Denise Pache | | Good to know, Legal Matters | Copyright, freedom of opinion, freedom of the press, Personality rights, persons of public interest, private sphere, public interest in information, publicity rights, Right of publicity, right to privacy, Rights clearance, Third party rights | 0 Comments
Identifying and tracing rights holders sometimes proves impossible. This is typically because the identity of persons portrayed is unknown, or because a person cannot be contacted even after numerous attempts. In some cases, the time and place of a person’s death are unknown, so the relevant post-mortem publicity rights cannot be applied.
Does that mean that images or footage cannot be used? Not necessarily: we have the expertise and the experience to gauge the degree of risk involved reliably. If it is high, you still don’t need to risk your own neck when using protected works: we can offer you an indemnification agreement which ensures any claims for damages will be against Framepool and not against you. In this case, you bear no risk whatsoever.
The indemnification fee depends on the degree of risk involved and is calculated on a per-project basis, taking many relevant factors into account. They include the type and duration of use, geographical dissemination (national, continental, global), whether persons are contemporary or historical figures, and their significance for the general public and within the images. The fee applies to all third-party rights within a given project that cannot be cleared.
Note: We clear all rights. And when rights clearance is impossible, we still have solutions.
Denise Pache | | Contributor Corner, Good to know, Legal Matters | contemporary figures, Framepool, historica figures, indmenification, Personality rights, post-mortem publicity, Rights clearance, Third party rights, unknown identity | 0 Comments
Founded in 2001, the German stock footage agency is now a global market leader with more than 800K film clips online / Framepool supplies HD / 2K / 4K footage and boasts the second-largest global portfolio of high-quality Rights Managed footage
“As filmmakers, we always found it really frustrating that finding good footage was so hard. That was how we came up with the idea, back in 2001,” CEO Stephan Bleek recalls, “of making work easier for ourselves and our colleagues by setting up an Internet portal to bring people together – the people looking for absolutely excellent film material and the people who have precisely that to offer.” Framepool began work on a visionary database that would draw on the most modern digital technologies to make finding and licensing footage easier and more creative.
Today, 15 years later, Framepool is the largest footage agency in Europe. Its inspiring archive is packed with exciting current, historical and futuristic video and film footage. Simple or opulent, serious or humorous, scientific or creative – we have it all. The ability to license individual still images from every shot (one still per frame) is unique and valuable in the context of the increasing significance of cross-media projects.
“Often five to ten times more material is shot during the making of a film than is ultimately used in the final project. The leftover material is often of excellent quality, and we archive it in our database”, Stephan Bleek explains. Finding stock footage is easy, as shot lists organised by topic can be created for free in the Framepool webshop and a comprehensive research service is available. Customers can directly license the material they require online. Framepool’s customers are filmmakers in the fullest sense of the word: feature film producers, documentary makers, advertising agencies, TV broadcasters, producers of corporate image films, event promoters, and institutions like museums. Stephan Bleek remarks that Framepool stock footage was used “in the most recent James Bond film, for example” and that “our material can be found in television documentaries, award-winning advertising spots and everywhere video is used.”
In addition to 20 employees in Munich, the company also has teams in Paris, London, Zaragoza, New York and Los Angeles as well as distribution partners in all key world markets. The founders are, however, quick to emphasise that Framepool still has a close-knit small-company culture. In the words of Stephan Bleek: “We communicate directly and personally. We process all our material by hand – and our keywording is also performed by people, not by machines that cannot pick up on the emotions images convey. This allows us to offer qualitatively excellent footage that can be found through optimal keywording.” Professional documentalists working in six languages categorise images on the basis of the associations they evoke as well as by their content – and a seventh language will soon be added. The in-house Rights Clearance Department takes care of securing rights of use and third-party rights around the world and for all uses and purposes.
Stephan Bleek has a doctorate in history and curates a special category of historical videos that includes collections occupying a prominent place in film history: the videos of American cinematographer Shirley Clarke, German “Heimatfilms” from the 50s, and rare footage of Adolf Hitler’s personal life shot by Eva Braun. Framepool also has the largest available selection of Unesco World Heritage videos.
“We also have an excellent international network and connections to all the major archives. That means we can get hold of practically any material we don’t already have in our digital library”, Stephan Bleek adds.
“Exclusiveness, legal certainty, customer service, quality and fairness towards our customers and licensor are all top priorities for us at Framepool”, Stephan Bleek stresses. And of course the archive is still forging ahead with new plans even after 15 years: “We want to expand within our industry by also supplying photographs, for example shots taken on set during the making of films. Many of our film suppliers also have very exciting photo collections which we will soon be able to offer to our customers as an additional service.”
Framepool AG was founded in 2001 by filmmakers Ulrike Ziegler and Dr. Stephan Bleek and media lawyer Dr. Jürgen Wente. Today, Framepool employs 27 people from 6 nations and belongs among the leading global providers of digital stock footage.
Framepool boasts an archive containing over 800,000 film clips including HD, 2K and 4K footage, aerials, animal films, cityscapes and landscapes from around the world, news clips, sport and lifestyle footage and historic film material. More than 6,000 hours of footage are available online. Rights Managed (RM) and Royalty Free (RF) footage can be licensed online.
Use of the most modern digital technology for saving and presenting film images has led to the creation of a collection which is continually augmented with fresh new material from around the world by more than 800 filmmakers, media enterprises and film producers.
Susanne Lehnert | | General, Press Area | 2K, 4K, 4K Ultra HD, corporate video, Europe, film maker, footage, Framepool, HD, London, Munich, New York City, Paris, Research, Rights Managed, Royalty Free, Service, Still, stills, Stock footage, Third party rights | 0 Comments
Exclusive Bavarian picture-postcard perfect scenes: Framepool now has footage from the feature films of the 1950s for you. A true treasure trove for creative pros!
The feature film gems produced by “Dörfler Film” in the 1950s all had a winning formula: satisfying the yearnings of a struggling population for an untroubled world in post-war Germany: they show lies and scheming, confusion and cases of mistaken identity, upright farmers and canny parish priests, flirts and fights, hearty dishes and tasty beers – all the perfect ingredients for relaxing cinema evenings offering distraction from the harshness of everyday life.
The grandchildren of the resourceful Ferdinand Dörfler (1903–1965), a tenor, actor, theatre proprietor, director, producer and screenwriter, are now investing considerable time and sensitivity into the restoration and partly also the colouring of the treasures from their grandfather’s legacy. They are having all the films telecined in 2 K and 4K and DVDs produced ( order here contact: firstname.lastname@example.org ). The Heimatfilme offer an amusing take on life in the 1950s in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Their rough charm is served up with a large dollop of Bavarian dialect.
But you won’t need fluent Bavarian to access footage from this exclusive material now being managed by Framepool on behalf of the Dörfler family. The rights for many of the clips have already been cleared and the quirky scenes can be directly licensed online. Film buffs can look forward to encountering old friends that include many German superstars of the era like Johannes Heesters, who even worked with Otto Preminger. We would be happy to clarify the stars’ rights for you on a case-by-case basis.
A real treasure trove full of enchanting clips which the world has not seen yet (apart from back in the day in the cinema). Creative people will find their hearts skipping a beat at the mere titles. Examples include Das sündige Dorf (‘The sinful village’), Die fröhliche Wallfahrt (‘The merry pilgrimage’) and Die Mitternachtsvenus (‘Venus at midnight’). Happy browsing!
You will find the clips from the first of a total of 13 films here:
Denise Pache | | General, Press Area, Zeitgeist – Vintage Film | 1950s comedies, 2K, 4K, 4K Ultra HD, archival film, Bavaria, bavarian dialect, Ferdinand Dörfler, Heimatfilm, historical Footage, Johannes Heesters, Still, Stock footage, vintage cinema | 0 Comments