Historic Films Archive

www.historicfilms.com   |   USA

Historic Films Archive is a small but industrious stock footage archive located on the eastern end of Long Island New York. In business since 1991, our staff has provided hundreds of thousands of clips to award winning documentaries, television programs, commercials and feature films. Our world recognized library of musical performance and entertainment footage spans a century and contains over 50,000 individual performances from televisions most important networks and programs. Our collection of stock footage spans the years 1895 to 2015 and consists of over 35,000 hours of news, lifestyles, travel, fads, fashion, home movies, celebrity "red carpet" events, vintage TV programs, commercials, interviews, silent films, training films, military films, industrials and cartoons. In 2009, after two years of research and development and during one of our countries worst financial down-turns, Historic Films recruited an outstanding team of web developers who would subsequently spend the next two years working with us to custom design a web-based platform to serve our client's stock footage needs. Unlike many of our competitors, who offer their online footage as short pre-determined clips, Historic Films Archive presents its clients with the option to access and view an entire document/film while giving them the ability to select the precise shot they want. Our primary goal is to provide our clients with an exceptionally streamlined and efficient online experience as well as providing our research staff with the right tools to do their jobs well. Historic Films strength has always been in our dedicated multi-tasked staff that do in fact still answer the phone when you call and in many cases have been with the company since its early inception. Our strengths lie within the institutional knowledge that our staff have of our material and our rapid access to it. In 2011, after two years of development, Historic Films launched what has become one of the industry's leading online websites for stock footage research and sales. It is not an exaggeration to state that our online presence competes handily with publicly traded stock footage companies with resources far greater than our own. The same team of developers that we recruited back in 2009 is still with us as we have continued to evolve, re-assess and re-develop the research and sales tools we provide to our clients and our staff. In 2014, three years after our initial launch, we began to see an obvious trend. Our clients were no longer tied to their desktops for research and had become en masse mobile. The greatest increase in traffic coming to our website was now from iPads, iPhones and Android devices yet this sector was not being served as our video playback (much like our competitors), was not compatible on these devices. We took our queue and in 2015 Historic Films re-tooled and re-launched our website to allow for tablet and smart phone device compliancy. Historic Films now allows users of iPhones, iPads and Android devices to stream footage and make selects while accessing all of the same great features that our desktop users have always enjoyed. We are now fully searchable anywhere at any time on any device. No "App" required. As of 2015 Historic Films Archive remains the only stock footage archive that provides this service to the stock footage industry. We are very proud of the success our company has had in developing online tools to serve a far greater number of stock footage researchers in more places at more times. We are also proud of the infrastructure advancements that we have made ensuring that Historic Films not only remains a top competitor in its field but also maintains its post as a responsible fiduciary for the historical content within our vaults. For these reasons, we believe that Historic Films Archive deserves to be nominated for the 2015 FOCAL International Stock Footage Archive of the year. Joe Lauro President, Historic Films Archive, LLC