Rabin rifles archives for ‘Good’

Researcher found, cleared, negotiated price for footage

Usually when Kenn Rabin is looking for archival footage, it’s for a documentary, like PBS’ “Eyes on the Prize.” Features usually want just a few seconds, when a character watches an old TV show.

For “Good Night, and Good Luck,” though, he had to find and clear a slew of classic CBS footage — not just Edward R. Murrow’s broadcasts, but shows that appear on monitors in the background.

“The biggest obstacle I ran into was cost,” says Rabin. “The film had a $7.5 million budget and that’s low when you’re talking about that much archival.”

Since there was only one source for most of the material, “The only negotiating power we had was we knew we were going to use a heck of a lot of it.”

In the end, he got a price break by negotiating rights for 21 minutes of footage.

Along the way, he had to get permission from Murrow’s estate as well as from Alcoa Aluminum for some commercials.

But the Kent cigarettes commercial appears without permission; since tobacco commercials are now banned, the tobacco companies can’t license them. “We had to use it under the doctrine of fair use. We had to say we’re presenting it as a historical document of the time.”

More Film

  • Bob Iger

    Bob Iger's Disney Compensation Drops to $47.5 Million in 2019

    Disney chief Bob Iger saw his compensation for 2019 drop to $47.5 million, a 28% decline from his 2018 pay package. Disney’s leader earned $3 million in salary and a $21.8 million bonus, plus another $10 million in stock awards and $9.6 million in stock options, Disney disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing [...]

  • WTFilms' Gregory Chambet on Riding the

    WTFilms' Gregory Chambet on Riding the New Wave of French Genre Movies

    French horror, fantasy and sci-fi movies – in large part generated by a younger generation of directors combining genre and arthouse styles – are a rising force on the international scene. Among the companies riding this genre wave is WTFilms. French crossover films are a key programming strand at A-list festivals. For example, Cannes Directors’ [...]

  • Will Smith and Martin Lawrence star

    Box Office: 'Bad Boys for Life' Soaring to $70 Million Opening

    “Bad Boys for Life” is tracking for a solid launch with as much as $70 million at 3,740 venues in North America over the four-day holiday weekend, early estimates showed Friday. The figure was nearly double pre-release forecasts. Some sources cautioned that the final number could be closer to $60 million but “Bad Boys for [...]

  • Olivia Colman Phoebe Waller Bridge Brad

    SAG Awards Predictions 2020: 'Parasite,' 'Fleabag' and Other Top Contenders

    No matter who wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, it will be a surprise. That’s because there aren’t many obvious frontrunners in either the TV or film categories at this year’s competition. Around 160,000 members from across the country vote for the SAG Awards, and with such a large voting body, members [...]

  • This is Us

    Los Angeles On-Location Production Slides 5% in Fourth Quarter

    Overall on-location filming in Los Angeles dropped 5% from October through December, according to a report released by permitting agency FilmLA on Friday. Officials said the decline in overall shoot days to 9,839 was due partly to record activity levels in 2018, which generated the highest level of local production activity of any quarter in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content