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AP Archive is the film and video archive of the Associated Press - the world's largest and oldest news agency. The collection includes over 1.5 million global news and entertainment stories dating back to 1895 sourced both from AP's own coverage and from our premium content partners. Hours of new footage are added daily with coverage from AP's global news gathering network. If an event happens anywhere in the world, you can be sure that AP covers it.
Elspeth and Elizabeth virtually saved our particularly difficult and most challenging film "Our Man in Tehran" about the Iranian Hostage crisis of 1979/80. The film had special challenges and Elspeth and Elizabeth's knowledge, dedication and determination produced miracles.
In the space of less than four months we asked them to uncover thirty minutes of rare footage and get all of it delivered and cleared from the original sources and owners in time for the film's premiere. That they were able to fulfill this was a breathtaking achievement.
As we made the decision to have no narration, it was up to the footage to do the storytelling. They understood this and found shots and sequences that exceeded our expectations.
People regularly common how powerful the footage is; how it makes this event that happened 34 years ago seem so immediate. And also how much of that footage is unknown and fresh even for experts in the field. That is something very special and we are forever thanking Elspeth and Elizabeth in public for their feat as researchers.
Larry Weinstein, Co-Director/Producer
Javier did an extraordinary job. He became an expert in the subject, developed wonderful contacts and had a very sophisticated understanding of the story that we were telling - even as that story changed. He played a vital role in the production. The expectations were high but the footage exceeded them. We were trying to get sensitive materials from the hacker community as well as from the military. That is a very wide range. Javier's ability to do research on the internet was extraordinary. But just as powerful was Javier's ability to reach out to individuals from whom the very best archive - I call it "unofficial archive" - can be found. Once it was found, Javier did a great job of gaining the confidence of those who controlled the material. They trusted him because they knew that Javier had a sophisticated understanding of the subject. In addition, Javier's diligence and precise organization cataloging and clearing footage was essential to the film's workflow.
Alex Gibney, Director
BRUSHING UP ON
With the Brushing Up series we took what could be deemed 'dry' subjects, Bridges, Tunnels etc and endeavoured to find some mischief, wonder and sense of fun in these worlds. Buying into the spirit of the project along with a genuine understanding of comedy was key to the archive research. John delivered in spades, unearthing terrific oddities and long unseen nuggets which made producing these shows a joy. A team man with safe hands and genuine funny bones, every archive show should have one.
Mark Lucey, Series Producer
MORECAMBE AND WISE: THE WHOLE STORY
John Smith was an excellent Archive Producer on what was to prove a huge undertaking. Right from the off he was totally in tune with the needs of the programme and immediately set about embellishing the Morecambe and Wise story we wanted to tell. His contribution was invaluable and his knowledge impressive. He has a natural affinity with comedy which makes his archive choices all the more spectacular. When John supplies material you know you won't be looking at lots of irrelevant material - it's all good. Not only is he painstaking in his approach but he can always be relied upon to maintain a sense of calm.
Andy Humphries, Producer/Director
THE CLASS OF 92
The archive within Class of 92 was sourced by John Smith. John went outside the usual realms sourcing the footage for our project. Finding interesting rare unseen moments without which such insight to the characters would have been hard to achieve. His passion for the project spending hours researching through hundreds of football matches to find those moments all contributed to the success of the final film.
Ben Turner & Gabe Turner, Directors