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SHELL FILM UNIT

Description
The Shell Film Unit was set up in 1934, and was the most highly regarded documentary unit based within a private corporation, with key figures from the British documentary film industry central to its output. The archive contains copies of films made for Shell companies globally, as well as videos from the mid 1980s onwards. Most of the films made during the war when the Shell Film Unit was working for the Ministry of Information are held by the Imperial War Museum.
Website
http://www.shell.com
Keywords
Gas; Geology; Aviation; Tankers (ships); Energy; Oil Petroleum industries
Access
No public access to the film archive.
Facilities
DVD copies of some of the titles available for purchase on request; some films can be licensed.
Charges
Charges for research, facilities and handling for broadcast productions, charges for educational purposes on request.
Copyright
All films and videos are Shell copyright. Copyright advice available. Copyright adviser: Jane Poynor.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Video/Film
Video: 500 hours. Documentary, science and education, in-house productions not for general release.
Video components: VHS Video, hi-band U-Matic, lo-band U-Matic, Beta/Beta-SP, 1-inch Video, D2.
Film: 200 hours. 60% colour film, 40% black and white film. Documentary, science and education, in-house productions not for general release.
Film components: 16mm, 35mm, positive film, negative film, fine grain print, effects mix, final mix.

Catalogues

Computerised database
For inhouse use only, and not for public access.
Printed catalogue
Available, indexed.

Additional Information

Other information
Post-production scripts of most of the films included are available.
Conservation policy
To keep most finished productions, and current rushes for unspecified time; then rushes are destroyed.

Main Contact

Name
Ms. Jane Poynor
Job title
Archivist, Film Services
Email
Filmservices@Shell.com
Address
Shell International
Creative Solutions
Shell Centre
London
SE1 7NA

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