Basics of Visual Research and Clearances

Basics of Visual Research and Clearances

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 3:30pm

Understanding the advent of new delivery platforms, the world of licensing and clearances, and what constitutes "public domain" or "fair dealing" in Canada can help reduce your production costs and avoid last minute surprises. This session led by Elspeth Domville and Nancy Marcotte from the Visual Researchers' Society of Canada (VRSC/ARAC) will cover essential tips for working with a visual researcher and keeping your archive costs under control.

 

Industry Panelist

Elspeth Domville

Elspeth Domville is an archive producer, researcher and rights clearance specialist whose career spans over 25 years. Her regular clients now include HBO, PBS, the BBC, CBC, Channel 4, HISTORY Television, Discovery, National Geographic and the Smithsonian Channel. She has worked on hundreds of hours of documentary programming as well as on theatrical film releases and for several prominent museums and galleries around the world. She is a strong supporter of education and professionalism in this field and as such is a founding member and current President of the Visual Researchers’ Society of Canada (2105 – present). Productions she has been involved with have gone on to win over 100 awards among them a Peabody and a place on the 2013 Oscar short list for Best Feature Documentary. Her work has been honoured directly with several nominations including five Canadian Screen Awards and she has twice been nominated as “Researcher of the Year” by the international organization of researchers and archives. 

Industry Panelist

Nancy Marcotte

Nancy Marcotte is Vice-President of the Visual Researchers Society of Canada. She has been working as a researcher and negotiator of archival footage rights since 1999. Her recent credits include Freightened and Montreal New Wave for which she had been nominated to a Gemeaux as well as The Price We Pay and Surviving Progress. She also co-wrote Brasilia, life after design. She recently commissioned an exhibition at the Cinémathèque québécoise on The Global Village: the Era of Television in Canada, 1950-2000. She has worked on many documentaries produced by the National Film Board of Canada and Canadian series such as La culture dans tous ses états. She is also President of Group Intervention Video.