2. Weltkrieg
1942, 1:24 min

Archive research

Free up your creative team and support your production department in budget planning and cost control. How? By outsourcing your archive searches to HELDEN DER GESCHICHTE!

The HELDEN team researches systematically and persistently, intuitively and creatively in audiovisual archives. We also look for moving pictures and unusual sound documents in places others never reach. We not only know the iconic images of German history, we also deliver them! We are always on the lookout for fresh material, especially amateur footage.

We search in Germany and internationally

We have sifted through more than 200 German-language national, regional and local archives in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and South Tyrol over the last 15 years – at state institutions, museums, companies and associations. We have gained the trust of amateur film clubs and private collectors. For larger projects, we have successfully cooperated with daily newspapers, radio and local TV stations.

Also experienced outside Germany, HELDEN DER GESCHICHTE has worked with more than 30 national European archives and searched in the large US public-domain archives. But we also know the less frequently used public-domain sources in the English-speaking world. Our knowledge of the French archive scene has benefited large international productions as well as for instance TV channel ARTE.

How we work

First, you brief us on what you want. Then we draw up a research strategy that forms the basis of our quote. Even at this early stage, we estimate the licence costs for the material to be requested. We charge for our own work according to clear-cut hourly and daily rates within previously agreed fee limits.

Shortly after the start of our research, you can already view material from our partner archives. Then we order viewing copies or, if necessary, search on-site in other archives. Also included in our range of services is the provision of material and the selection and inclusion of copied work, as well as help for authors in identifying the scenes supplied. At your request, we also redact the material and prepare it technically for pre-editing. We can even negotiate the rights for you.

We are conscious of your costs!

We are committed to keeping within your budget and rejecting the top prices charged by globally operating commercial and national archives. Wherever possible, we avoid travel expenses, research online and use expert colleagues on the ground.

Emergency service

The deadline is looming and you still don’t have all your sources or scanned material? We may well be able to help at short notice. That’s because we know others who have already compiled productions on the same topic!

If we can support you, simply contact us!

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