I started working on home movies, from the mid 1990s; after I graduated from school. At that time, my boss used to transfer 8 mm films by capturing the screen with a camera, and the final results were awful.
Ten years ago I discovered the world of stock footages and started producing contemporary videos about the European Capitals. In 2009 I started working as a story editor for a TV show, aired by MTV Italy. Four years after I tried to produce a docu-reality about travelling, but the project failed, so I decided to transform the stock footage into a full time job.
In 2013 a friend of mine bought a new scanner to digitalize 8 mm home movies. The quality was stunning, so after trying it, I bought one for myself and found a restoring software that could make the difference from other systems.
I’ve got the biggest home movies collection published online. My footage ranges from 1930’s to 1990’s. I bought more than 1.000 unreleased films that showed how real life was many years ago. My YouTube Channel has 300.000 views and 1.000 new subscribers every month.
I’ve sold content to hundreds of production companies, sometimes using, Storyblocks, Pond5, Shutterstock and sometimes by direct sales. Every visitor on my website can buy videos using the Paypal payment system and download the footage immediately. I created a user-friendly interface that only microstock agencies have.
Archive Valley, a researcher’s community, called my collection “home movies empire”. Creating such a great project from a solo entrepreneur dream was possible for 3 reasons:
- The power of the internet
- My love for contemporary history
- The feeling that gives you the thought of haven changed (a little) the world.