The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0777 Friday, 8 September 2006
From: Gabriel Egan <
Date: Friday, 8 Sep 2006 08:58:01 +0100
Subject: 17.0772 Movie Stills
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0772 Movie Stills
Chris Baker writes:
>I'd appreciate knowing the best source(s)
>for movie stills of Shakespeare plays.
Rip the DVD of the film to your hard drive, storing it in MPEG format.
There's DVD-ripper software available all over the Internet; choose one
with a free trial period and make sure it works on your system before
paying for a licence.
Using video-editing software (Windows MovieMaker, which comes free with
Windows XP is good enough) 'capture' the moment you want for your still.
In MovieMaker, the term to search for in the help system is 'taking
If you make lots of money from these images, you might be asked by the
owners of rights to the film for a fee. If you don't make lots of money
(say, you use the images in an educational way) then you've nothing to
worry about. Some SHAKSPERians might try to frighten you about the
liabilities they'll allege you are opening yourself to. Ask them to
identify a single case of someone getting into trouble for doing the above
in an educational context and these doomsayers usually stop their idiotic
You can tell the really stupid ones: they open their comments with 'My
wife/husband/cousin is a lawyer and she/he says that you'll be taken to
the cleaners by Miramax/Castle Rock if you follow Egan's advice'. I hereby
personally indemnify against all financial losses from copyright lawsuits
anyone who follows my advice.
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