Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Archive Valley ?
Archive Valley is an international platform that
connects content creators and archive providers all over the world, ranging from small private
archives to large institutional collections.
Our aim is to simplify the process of sourcing and licensing unique archive content,
so you can focus on the creative process of your film, television or media projects.
Our community of specialized professional archive researchers in over 40 countries worldwide
can also help you find and clear everything from hard to access footage to material requiring
inspection in another country or language.
2. How does it work?
From research to payment, Archive Valley makes sourcing archive
footage an easy and painless process.
Once you’ve signed in, you can request footage in a few clicks. Just hit ‘send’ and your footage request is
instantly matched with relevant collections of audiovisual material. Replies from cool archives around the
world will reach you in a matter of hours.
From then on out you can directly follow up with the archive providers who send you suggestions by
requesting previews, screeners and master quotes for your specific licensing purposes.
Archive Valley simplifies your workflow for handling license agreements, payments and invoices.
And of course we ensure you get your master files delivered on time once your order has been completed.
For TV/Film projects requiring specialized topical knowledge, special local access, language skills or all
of the above, you can search our community of trusted professional researchers, and enquire into hiring them.
Our platform makes working with top archive talent worldwide easy.
4. What happens to my request?
We do our best to ensure that you receive replies within 72 hours -
and sooner when your deadline is shorter. On Archive Valley you don’t receive negative replies but only the
positive ones, along with video previews or shotlists that correspond to your demand.
After this period of time, if you don’t receive any replies, our virtual personal assistants Trevor and
Talita will address your request, and send you precious information that can help you go ahead in your search.
5. Who are Talita and Trevor?
Talita and Trevor are your virtual personal assistants on Archive Valley.
You will receive messages from them from time to time with information regarding your requests
and interesting sources or contacts from across the internet.
7. I need to hire an archive researcher in another country or region
to help me find material for my project. Can you help me ?
Yes! On Archive Valley you can connect with local experts that
can help you in your research, or even visit local archives to inspect material if necessary. If you navigate
to “Members” you will see a list of researchers and countries. If you have a specific linguistic or geographical
need, click on a country to see the researchers available in that location. Profiles with the “Hire Me” button
highlighted in bright pink are potentially available. Click “Hire Me,” to enquire into their availability.
Be sure to include your timeframe or deadline, some specifics about the research or clearance you need performed,
and to ask them their rate if a specific rate wasn’t mentioned in their profile.
The country you’re looking for is not represented? Please notify us at email@example.com
and we will do
our best to find someone for you.
8. I’m in development on a project and I need help from an archive researcher
specialized in my topic. How can you help me ?
Our team is happy to recommend and put you in touch with specialized
archive researchers who can provide consultancy for your projects. You can also click on a researcher’s
“Hire Me” button and ask about their ability to consult on a specific topic. When you hire a researcher for a consultancy, this
includes a phone call to follow up on the report you receive.
9. How much does it cost?
Having a login to Archive Valley is free. During our beta phase, there is no fee
associated with making footage requests or enquiring to hire archive researchers. The price quoted
to you in a Master quote from an archive provider or in a quote from a freelance archive researcher
is always what you pay. When you license footage or hire an archive researcher, our service fee is
included in the rate quoted.
10. I’m an Archive Provider. What does my Free Demo include?
Your free demo includes full access to receive and follow up on footage requests
made by users on Archive Valley. We’ll work with you to set up milestones for your trial period to make
sure it’s a good fit before our Terms and Conditions come into effect. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more info.
12. How do I join?
If you’re a content creator or archive researcher, create your free login by clicking here.
If you’re a professional archive researcher, you can request access to become a part of our archive researcher community here.
If you’re an archive or other content provider interested in featuring your collection and receiving requests from new clients, click here
to request information,
or contact email@example.com
13. What should I do if I forget my username and password?
If you forget your username and password you can shoot us an email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have only forgotten your password you can reset it directly in your profile settings.
14. Where are you based?
We’re proudly based in the City of Lights, Paris. This makes us
ideally situated as a meeting point able service and connect the Asian, Middle Eastern, European, African
and American archive footage and media production markets.
15. How is Archive Valley different from other platforms?
Archive Valley is a new generation platform that connects you
with unique archive providers worldwide. There are thousands of collections of archive material worldwide
that suffer a lack of visibility and risk being forgotten. We want to avoid banalizing this unique footage
by lumping it in with everything else out there. We seek to preserve the important work of archive professionals
who strive to preserve and share this legacy. Our focus is to develop the best technology to match your footage
requests with these unique archives and to make licensing from them simple.