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Annual Footage Training Week

16-20 June 2014

London-UK (various venues)

A week long course designed for anyone from anywhere in the world who needs to know more about the footage industry - image archivists, footage researchers, production managers, producers, directors – whatever your media background, learn how to expand your knowledge and appreciation of the world of footage archives, their systems and uses.

Includes visits to major archive holdings such as:

- Cinema Museum
- Sky News
- ITN Source
- BBC I&A Archive
- Getty Images and BBC Motion Gallery
- British Library
- BFI's John Paul Getty Conservation Centre

Also includes 1 day Conference:


- Tuition
- Visits
- Screenings
- Copyright Conference
- Researcher Training
- Lunches
- Refreshments
- Summer Networking event

Registration Fee £800.00 + VAT (Early Bird Rate until 1st February 2014, thereafter £900 + VAT)

To register use BOOK EVENT button above.


Monday 16th June An Introduction to Film & Video Technology
Imperial War Museum, All Saints Annexe, Austral Street, London, SE11 4SJ
(Nearest Tube: Elephant & Castle)

09.30 Welcome and introduction to the week of events by Sue Malden, Chair - FOCAL International, Anne Johnson, Commercial Manager – FOCAL International and Julie Lewis, General Manager – FOCAL International

10.00-17.00 David Walsh, Head of Digital Collections - Imperial War Museums

From 1896 to the present day. David Walsh will provide a fascinating and informative overview of the history and development of the moving image from early experiments to the present day. Delegates will look at the history, technology and production processes for both film and video, and be introduced to the various film and video formats which have been used throughout the years.
The session will then turn to the implications this scope and variety of formats has for moving image collections in relation to collections management and the retention and preservation of master materials.
Delegates will also learn about the restoration process including colour, grain, speed and sound and the advances in technology which have made ever more sophisticated work possible.
Finally, bringing this journey up to date, delegates will explore developments in moving image in the new digital age and how this will impact upon production, retention and access in the future.
Formats of film with some associated equipment will be available.
There will also be practical exercises on different types of film.

1800-2000 Cinema Museum, The Masters House, 2 Renfrew Rd, London SE11 4TH

Visit to the Cinema Museum for a tour and and to see demonstrations of historical equipment and preview of the Uniform Exhibition, followed by refreshments. Our hosts Ronald Grant, Managing Director and Martin Humphries, Curator will be available for Q&A.


Tuesday 17th June Restoration in Action
Trip BFI National Archive at the John Paul Getty Conservation Centre Berkhamsted

0900 IBIS Euston Hotel, 3 Cardington Street, London NW1 2LW - Coach departs
(Nearest Tube:  Euston or Euston Square)

10:00-10:30 Arrive Berkhamsted
Delegates will visit the John Paul Getty Jnr Conservation Centre to understand the on-going preservation, access and digitisation work carried out at the BFI National Archive.

10:30–12:30 Welcome and morning coffee at BFI National Archive, Berkhamsted by Steve Bryant - Senior Curator (Television)

This will be followed by a tour of facilities at the Conservation Centre provided by Anthony Richards – Conservation Specialist. Tour schedule includes visits to the acetate and nitrate stores, speaking with Image Quality Specialists and viewing the operating wet lab and scanner.

1230 Travel to Sky News, Isleworth

1330  Lunch at Sky News

1430 Welcome by Raelene Rawlings - Footage Sales & Acquisitions Manager
Raelene and her staff will explain how footage is gathered, archived and retrieved in the fast-paced, 24 hour news environment.
Newsroom Workflow - From the field to archive
Media Management - An editorial take on media management
Documentary Research - Documentary clearance & workflows in a 24 hour news environment
Ingest to Sales - From receiving footage to licensing - the News Archive workflow

1730  Travel back to London by public transport
(SKY News has courtesy buses to public transport for London points.)


Wednesday 18th June Tour of the BBC Archive
0945  arrive at BBC Information and Archives, Perivale Industrial Park,  Horsenden Lane South, Perivale UB6 7RW
(Nearest Tube: Perivale) 

1000  Welcome by Belinda Kennerson, Administrative Team will give the tour of Perivale facilities, focussing on preservation activities. 

1200 Depart Perivale by public transport to Wood Lane (Central Line)

1315- 1730 BBC Motion Gallery, Media Centre, White City, London W12

Arrive BBC Motion Gallery/Getty Images for lunch. This session will show the link with BBC Information and Archives and the BBC Motion Gallery sales team who now work in partnership with Getty Images.
Also there will be a demonstration of cataloguing that supports sell through and demonstrate the research online facility.

Thursday 19th June 
Know Your Footage Rights & Pitching an Archive-based Programme
Ibis Hotel, 3 Cardington Street, London NW1 2LW

NB. This is included in the Footage Training Week or it can be booked separately here

A one day conference, including lunch and networking opportunities, taking an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities faced when using library footage in the 21st Century

Where are we at with proposed UK copyright reform? What's the international perspective? Do you know what changes could mean for you and your job? Is it business as usual for the audiovisual archive business? What about 3rd party and underlying rights when using footage? Our experts are on hand to clear the minefield!

0900 for 0930 Registration

0930-0945 Sue Malden – FOCAL International Chair will welcome and introduce the day.

Hubert Best
- FOCAL International Secretary and Legal Advisor/ENN will give an overview of international Copyright Law for the 21st Century, current legislation and best practice for all those involved in the production and use of content and moving images. This will be followed by an explanation of the current position on copyright reform in the UK and Europe and its impact on commercial audiovisual archives.

1115-1200 Coffee

Dealing with underlying rights and 3rd party rights in practice – clearing and paying for artistes at home and abroad, sports rights, format rights, music clearances (recording rights, publishing and Musician’s Union) etc
Moderator: Sue Malden
Karen Ghai: Copyright/Rights Clearance Consultant artist format rights and overseas
Ivan Chandler: An amusing tour around music copyright
Hubert Best, FOCAL International Secretary and Legal Advisor/ENN

1330-1430 Lunch

Burning with ideas for using archive or stock footage? How do you pitch to the commissioners? What will grab their attention?

Richard Melman
, Managing Director, Spring Films, will give an overview of the process of a recently commissioned archive based programme which obtained international funding partners. Simon Raikes, Commissioner Channel 5 and Chris Thompson, Executive Producer, TVT will discuss their programme What the Dambusters Did Next

1545-1615 Afternoon Tea

Richard Melman will give a case study of recent winner Meghan Horvath, of the FOCAL International Archive Pitching competition.

1630-1645 TIPS FOR PITCHING - Sue Malden and Richard Melman will give handy tips when pitching an archive based programme

1645-1700 ROUNDUP OF THE DAY - Sue Malden


Dickens Inn, St Katharine Docks, London, E1W 1UH
(Nearest Tube: Tower Hill)

NB. This is included in the Footage Training Week or it can be booked separately here.

A fun night to network with footage industry people, relax with friends, clients and colleagues and to make new contacts!
For football fans, the England vs Uruguay match will be screened!


Gourmet pizzas and welcome drinks. There will be a pay bar when the funds run out.

Open to FOCAL International Members, colleagues and friends.

Any Company member buying 10 tickets for their staff, or 10 tickets for freelance Researcher guests gets 11th ticket FREE!

Please bring money for the RAFFLE!

***Sponsors and raffle prizes welcome!***

Thank you to our sponsors: 




ITN Source200 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8XZ
(Nearest tube: Russell Square and Chancery Lane)

1000 Welcome by Kathey Battrick-Director of Operations-ITN Source and Annakia Perez-Cataloguing Manager

1015-1045 Visit to see the library operation and an overview of ITN cataloguing and metadata creation workflow.

1045-1100  Morning Coffee

Advances in technology mean that ever increasing amounts of moving image are available online 24 /7. Via a case study visit to ITN Source - delegates will explore the online sales environment, the processes involved in providing access to materials, the scope and variety of materials currently available online and how the sales process itself is managed.
Sophia Gorton, Sales Executive, will introduce delegates to the ITN website and how it was developed in-order to provide a seamless end to end process from metadata, ingest and clip bins to the supply and licensing of master materials.

Discussion on Multi Format Transfers led by Dave Price, ITN Technical Supervisor
Demonstrated by a visit to the ITN Multi Format area. This will provide delegates with an insight into the technical processes involved in the transfer, conversion and encoding of a variety of moving image formats still in use; traditional tape transfers and non-linear processes.

1200-1230  Lunch

1230 Travel to British Library by public transport
Foyle Room, 96 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2DB


Professional footage research - a half day introduction 

NB. This can be booked separately here
British Library, Foyle Room, 96 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2DB

A half day workshop to introduce the basics of professional footage archive research, supported by the British Library


We have a rich audiovisual archives overflowing with wonderful footage that illustrates our past and explains the present and in the future can help to make wonderful films and documentaries. How much is being missed by simply relying on Youtube? Learn from the experts how to dig out that unique footage and find gainful employment as a film researcher/archive producer.

• The workflow
• Sourcing content
• Negotiating licences and rights clearance
• Technical viewing and delivery options
• Data logging for the edit
• The paper trail

1315-1400 Registration

1400-1410 Welcome by Luke McKernan, Lead Curator, News and Moving Image and introduction to the British Library Research Facility

1410-1415 Introduction and welcome by Sue Malden, FOCAL International Chair

1415-1425 GETTING STARTED - EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS - James Smith. An introduction to the role from understanding the job to transmission. The budget, rights required, timeline and employment conditions

1425-1440 WORKFLOW - the requirements of the production - Jacqui Edwards From the first meet with the producer and editor to creating their wish list and logging the data.

1440-1455 SOURCING CONTENT - Kate Griffiths What are the different types of archive - stock shot, commercial still and footage archive, public archives etc? Which is most appropriate to use, when and why. Have you used the FOCAL International website FOOTAGE AND CONTENT FINDER and similar search facilities?

1455-1510 TECHNICAL DELIVERY OPTIONS FOR VIEWING AND MASTER MATERIAL- Denis Karam  Physical source formats and delivery, storage, offline and online material, backups and file formats and aspect ratio.

1510-1540 Afternoon tea

1540-1610 NEGOTIATE LICENCES, RIGHTS CLEARANCE AND DELIVERY OPTIONS - Sue Malden and the rest of the panel Licence requirements to negotiating licence fees, the third party paper trail, editorial commercial, sports and music rights.

1610-1625 FINAL DELIVERABLES - All of the panel Versioning to whose responsibility it is for the logging of the production/broadcaster PasCs and final part of the paper trail.  Then there are the declarations!

1625-1700 SUMMING UP THE DAY AND Q & A - All of the panel




Call the FOCAL International Office 020 3178 3535
Anne Johnson (on the above number) or call 07712 663505
Julie Lewis call 07957 795843

At time of print, schedule correct, but FOCAL International reserves the right to change it.