If you’re looking to enrich your project with rare or historic archive, location-setting stock footage, contemporary user-generated content, or a contributor’s personal films or photographs, we can research, organise, and check and clear permissions, all while providing regular updates across production.
From initial broad-sweep research, to specific themes, events, locations and characters, to filling the gaps, the Shanakee team combines precise, investigative research with a thorough, methodical approach to licensing and clearances, backed up with significant experience across a range of film and television productions.
Many archive researchers and archive producers work alone - but not us. Shanakee is a dynamic and close-knit team working in collaboration across our slate of projects to ensure maximum efficiency and creativity.
Our varied career backgrounds and combined experience of over forty years in film and TV production bring a wealth of perspectives to every brief and allow us to trouble-shoot throughout the project.
We bring a bespoke approach to each project, adapting our complementary skill sets to different needs, budgets and timeframes. By working together, we maximise workflow efficiency and provide excellent onscreen value for any budget. Crucially, this also gives us greater flexibility in adapting to the changing demands of projects when the unexpected might arise!
We manage the entire archival research and licensing process for you, from preliminary research and accurate budget projections, to negotiating fees, cataloguing, ingesting and final paperwork.
James McDonald - Archive Producer/Consultant
James has over twenty years experience in film and TV and has archive-produced dozens of productions, working with Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy award-winning filmmakers. He founded Shanakee in 2013 and now manages a team of archive researchers, overseeing project’s archival workflow, budgets, and trouble-shooting issues relating to negotiation, intellectual property, and anything unexpected!
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Kitty Robertson - Archive Researcher
Kitty brings a thorough investigative approach to every production. As a first class honours history graduate (UCL & Paris-Sorbonne) with a post-grad in film-preservation (University of Amsterdam), she brings together strong research skills, a vast knowledge of cinema history and a strong sense of how moving image archive can tell histories - and how important it is to use it well. Fluent in French and Italian, Kitty has excellent communication skills and a love for bringing languages and the work of film archives together.
Emma Dempsey - Archive Researcher
Emma worked as a factual TV Producer before specialising in archive research. She brings an experienced producer’s editorial judgement, sensibility and tenacity to her work, and has an eye for material that can bring a story to life. With strong journalistic instinct, she can sniff out hard-to-find footage, negotiate sensitive access and source a wide range of user generated content.
We regularly work with a variety of freelance archive producers, researchers, and assistants who bring specialist skills and experience to ensure we are able to dynamically adapt to the changing demands of projects.
We are always open to hearing about new projects. Please get in touch with a few details about what you need and we’ll see if we can help you -
Email: info at shanakee dot org
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