Whether it’s a creative choice, access to historical footage or an alternative to ‘in person’ filming, archival footage is an important resource for any filmmaker.

Join Producer Kate Pappas (Djalu’s Legacy, Over Australia), Meg Labrum from the National Film and Sound Archive and Douglas Simpson from Getty Images as they talk about various ways archival footage can be used in a screen production.

Each of the guest speakers will address what drives creative choice as well as the logistics and details for sourcing, accessing and budgeting for use of archival footage.

The way we are working in the screen industry is changing. People are reluctant to travel both for health and environmental reasons and are embracing the principles of recycling and upcycling.

In her 1/2 hour session Kate Pappas will use case studies and specific examples to demonstrate the use of archival footage to address a creative choice as well as how archival footage fills a content requirement.

The National Film and Sound Archive is Australia’s ‘living’ archive – the custodian of over 3 million items that we not only collect, but preserve for future generations and share in many diverse ways.

Getty Images is a world leader in visual content. For 25 years Getty Images has been moving the world with imagery. These images and videos are created by their 100 staff photographers and videographers and 320,000 global contributors. With over 400 million assets encompassing the latest global news, sports, celebrity, music and fashion coverage; exclusive conceptual creative images; and the world’s largest commercial archive, Getty Images offers the most exclusive and unique creative and editorial visual content globally.

Guest speaker bios

Kate Pappas, Executive Producer, WildBear Entertainment / Wilding Productions

Kate is a hands-on Creative Producer whose dedication to understanding the world around her has led to a rewarding career in documentary filmmaking. Since cutting her teeth in London in the wonderful world of kids’ science TV, she has worked across a diverse and award-winning slate. Kate has subsequently Produced, Co-Produced, Series Produced and Line Produced around 30 hours of television and works regularly with Genepool Productions, WildBear Entertainment, Chemical Media and Renegade Films. Recent credits include art/science documentary Deception By Design (ABC/OFT); feature documentary Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy (NiTV/MIFF Premier Fund/Madman Ent.) and 11 hours of blue-chip wildlife films with Wild Bear Entertainment. Most recently, she worked at Genepool Productions on their development slate and is now an Executive Producer at WildBear Entertainment. In 2018, Kate established Wilding Productions, where she will pursue her passion for telling stories that illuminate the wonders of our natural world. She is currently Producer/Writer on interactive VR documentary Canopy: Love Letters To Our Trees currently in development.

Meg Labrum, General Manager, Collections at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Meg Labrum joined the Film Branch of the National Library of Australia in 1980, as a graduate librarian. When the NFSA was established in 1984, Meg was one of its founding staff members.

Over the years, she has not only maintained her passion for film as an art form, but as a Senior Curator she developed her skills and experience in collection context, policy development, evaluation, legal deposit, intellectual property and moral rights, and the impact of digitisation on archival services. As General manager of the Collections Branch, Meg’s senior executive role contributes to all of the debates and challenges of making the NFSA relevant and accessible in the digital age, whilst maintaining the critical archival standards for the 20th century’s analog heritage.

Meg has played an active and influential role in international archival organisations – including 10 years as Secretary General of FIAF – The International Federation of Film Archives. She is also a regular speaker at international film and archival forums and festivals.

Douglas Simpson, Field Sales Executive, Getty Images

Douglas has been passionate about film since graduating from Auckland University where he studied film, television and media studies. Douglas has a keen interest in helping productions, especially documentaries, come to fruition right from the initial idea throughout the production process. He became the local expert in footage licensing when Getty Images won the exclusive rights to license BBC Motion Gallery content. Through his extensive network, Douglas has had a hand in multiple, diverse projects around the world. Douglas is based in New Zealand and is passionate about helping filmmakers use archive in their projects.

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