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Newsletter: Moving Image Communications - Issue March 05

1 March 2005


Easier access and always better service

First of all we would like to let you know that we have adjusted our pricing structure. We are now able to offer a 30 second minimum for each of Moving Image collections, regardless of how many tapes you licence clips from. You can simply add up all clips in your programme as long as they come from the same collection.

We hope this will help you when allocating your archive budget. Ring us and discuss your requirements. We are sure we will be able to help.

Also, remember that we continue to offer free research and email free viewing clips as we have always done. These viewing clips can also be uploaded for you onto our ftp server for a quicker download at your end and without your mail box getting full with large files!

We value human interaction and believe that our knowledge of the collections can be crucial for finding the most appropriate footage, to make suggestions and to be creative. Remember that we are here to help you, so feel free to contact us at any stage of your research.

If you wish to do your own research, do not hesitate to access our on-line database at It includes every film we hold and is regularly updated.

Anne Diamond

With television presenter Anne Diamond about to release her autobiography, we would like to let you know that a compilation of her career in TV-am is available from Moving Image Communications.

It shows Anne Diamond on the famous TV-am sofa interviewing celebrities & politicians (Tom Jones, Bob Geldof, the Duke of Edinburgh, John Major and also the famous heated interview with Denis Healey in 1987).

She talks about the birth of her first baby in 1987 and discusses in depth, the tragic cot death issue in 1991.

Recent London aerials

We are pleased to add more footage to our already extensive aerial collection of the UK. Footage shot over London in November 2004 is now available from Moving Image, with new features such as the completed Gherkin tower and the construction of the Wembley stadium 

More Filmfinders films transfered onto video

Continuing our efforts to preserve and offer the Filmfinders collection of early films dating from 1890s to 1940s, we are happy to have transfered onto video another 35 films. Amongst them, you can access:

Animals in Motion: the turn of the century 'still' photographs of Edward Muybridge brought to life.

Be Reasonable: a Mack Sennett comedy.

Big Bust Up: a Billy Bevan comedy.

Busting Out: a Stan Laurel comedy.

Café de Paris: 1910s dancing footage in Paris.

Carmen Gypsy Blood: 1918 melodrama directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

Cartoon Mysteries: behind the scenes at the Universal Animation Unit showing how animated cartoons are made in 1930s.

Caught Snapping: one of the first comedy films Harry Langdon made.

Chaplin Remembers: Charlie Chaplin himself talks about early days at Keystone.

Command Performance: wartime radio programme based on forces requests sent to Hollywood Studio; Bob Hope, Betty Hutton sings "Murder he Says", Lana Turner cooks a Porterhouse steak, Judy Garland sings "Over the Rainbow", and Bob Hope sings "Thanks to our allies".

Dancing Maidens: topless and nude dancing girls.

Daredevil Days: collection of amazing and funny stunts and death-defying feats.

Death Day: short film directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein.

Disaster Fighter: 1940s newsreel footage of fire brigades battling fire, winds and floods.

Doors: compilation of monsters, creepy and scary footage.

Early Film Making: film making and studio filming in 1920s.

Easy Street: directed by Charlie Chaplin in 1917.

Eiffel Tower: 1923 French documentary on the Eiffel tower.

Fatima: Early belly dancer, censored at the time.

Focus on 1932: documentary on the events of that year.

Finding His Voice: 1929 animation film, really nice example of Max Fleisher and Lyle Goldman.

Check out the In the Spotlight page

Finally, we would like to take the opportunity to remind you that we regularly update our In the Spotlight page on Moving Image's website at On this page, we keep you informed of footage held in our collections that is relevant to current affairs along with sample clips for you to look at.

Some examples of the recent issues we illustrated with clips that you can still access:

- contemporary fox hunting footage showing the actual catching of the fox, and also some vintage footage from the 1950s.

- a 1969 interview of Prince Charles at the time of his investiture as Prince of Wales, as well as the ceremony itself. With his wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles coming shortly this unique footage could be very useful as a part of the profile of the Prince. You can also see some stock shots material of Windsor where the blessing will take place.

- key moments of Anne Diamond's career in TV-am.

- immigration laws in Britain

Some examples of what Moving Image has recently supplied...

- Aerial footage from Flying Pictures for "The Building of England" (BBC).

- 1960s Sandie Shaw from Chartbusters for a TV commercial for a Sandie Shaw CD.

- 1960s Tom Jones from Chartbusters for "Changing face of celebrity" (Channel 5).

- Brighton Pavilion from VisitBritain for a TV commercial for the "Ireland on Sunday" newspaper.

- Rabbit shots from Wild Islands for the feature film "Rabbit Fever" directed by Ian Denyer and starring Stephanie Powers and Richard Branson.

- 1930s English seaside from VisitBritain for Bill Bailey's on-stage perfomance in Hammersmith and DVD.

- Bob Mortimer from Channel X and Chris Evans from TV-am for 'Richard & Judy' (Channel 4).

Rebecca Snelling has joined Moving Image

In January, Rob decided to go travelling and Rebecca has since joined Moving Image. Rebecca first got to know Moving Image through work experience and her interest in our activity led her to joining the team. You can contact her at

Don't hesitate to contact us for any further information. We are here to help you!
or Claire Austin and Rebecca Snelling directly:


Moving Image Communications Ltd

Maidstone Studios - Vinters Park - Maidstone - Kent - ME14 5NZ - UK

Tel:+44 (0)1622 684 569
Fax:+44 (0)1622 687 444

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