Filmmakers have tapped into the BBC's new on-line resource to license archive material for some of this year’s biggest feature films and upcoming movies.
BBC Motion Gallery provided footage of the popular Larry David comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm for The Upside of Anger (Media 8 Entertainment, VIP 2+3 Medienfonds, Zephyr Films), starring Kevin Costner and Joan Allen. The film centres on a family who must learn to cope with life after their father/husband abandons them. Erika Christensen, Keri Russell, Alicia Witt and Evan Rachel Wood co-star as sisters in the drama written and directed by Mike Binder.
In The Deal (Front Street Productions, Myriad Pictures), starring Christian Slater and Selma Blair, BBC Motion Gallery provide CBS footage of a burning oil well, used in the film's opening sequence.
BBC Motion Gallery recently provided footage of several BBC programmes for the successful Working Title film, Wimbledon, starring Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany, including Holiday, Home Front, Food & Drink, Natural World, Changing Rooms and BBC News.
Earlier this year, the business licensed a range of clips to blockbusters and critically acclaimed documentaries such as The Day After Tomorrow (natural disaster footage); Fahrenheit 9/11 (various military and presidential images); Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban (clip of The Generation Game); The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill Clinton (more than three minutes of footage from CBS News Archive) and 50 First Dates (natural disaster footage and the statue of Saddam Hussein falling ).
Paul Maidment, Sales & Marketing Director, BBC Motion Gallery, says: "Filmmakers are increasingly looking to use both generic clips, and those from BBC shows, in their work. Our new, efficient online resource, www.bbcmotiongallery.com, enables busy creatives to search quickly for footage and to download and view a wide selection of material. We are extremely pleased with the success we've achieved in this area of our business."