The Index Collection

“Index it,” has become a common phrase in the stock shot industry over the past fifty years, putting the Index collection at the top end of footage libraries. What makes Index outstanding is the fact it is film-based, boasting over a thousand cans of 35mm and 16mm. Created in 1966 by Gerry Weinbren after the closing of the Film Centre Library, Index has accumulated a huge selection of footage shot over 5 decades from various different filmmakers, including Gerry himself.

Gerry started his career as a filmmaker with the Shell Film Unit and later moving to the Bristol Aeroplane Company to promote the business through film and TV. His background in aviation led to the Index Collection’s specialism in airplane and airport footage. Gerry liaised with the company’s customers in order to be able to film the ships and aircraft that were powered by Bristol Aeroplane Company engines. After the Film Centre Library closed and Gerry’s footage needed a new home alongside the work of many other filmmakers, Index was born.

Index started building up its collection with 35mm material from short films and documentaries, which, as Gerry says, ‘provided quality material because of the talented directors, editors and cameramen then working in the sector.’ After some time Gerry himself started ‘shooting footage to satisfy the demand from “high end” users - movies, commercials and quality TV outlets.’

This involved travelling around the world – London, Miami, Las Vegas, New York – to collect some of the fantastic footage that makes up the collection. Index offers beautiful waterfalls, moonlit cityscapes, breathtaking fjords, and industrial documentation from all over the globe.

3 things we love most about the collection:

1. An airplane flying against a blazing red sky.

2. How global the collection is, with films from all over the world.

3. Being reminded of all the old airlines we no longer see, such as Trans World.

Throughout the half-century that Index has been supplying the film and TV industry with stock footage, it has seen the dawn of 35mm Eastman colour negative, 16mm film for TV broadcast, Digibeta, HD tape, 2K, 4K, and now 8K film mediums. With all the fantastic films and TV programmes based on historical events and figures, there is a huge demand for high quality scans of original negative, and we can provide this.

Index has an extensive list of impressive credits, from the 1978 adaptation of The Thirty Nine Steps to, more recently, Legend starring Tom Hardy and Emily Browning, and Netflix’s The Crown.

Having created and nurtured the collection into what it is today, Gerry is passing the Index steering wheel onto R3el, who promise to take good care of it.

3 things we’d love to achieve with Index:

1. Get the entire collection digitised.

2. Excite people about film-based clips from the last fifty years

3. Make this important documentation of history accessible to the wider public.

R3store Studios Proudly Presents

Film digitisation & archive experts, R3store Studios are proud to present - an exciting new content licensing platform. is crewed by footage fanatics and will showcase rare 35mm film footage, lovingly digitised by its colleagues from R3store Studios. It is aimed at film and archive professionals and all of its fantastic content is available to license in up to 4K. The company’s mission “to discover, digitise, and deliver the world’s greatest film footage” shows that its knowledgeable and professional staff are truly dedicated to helping their clients find the perfect film footage for their production.

R3EL’s collection consists of more than 90 hours of material from the Index Film and TV archive. Fellow footage fanatics and archive specialists will know that this is famous for its huge selection of aviation and exotic location content from the 1950’s through to the late 1980’s. Furthermore the collection will also hold Dirk Bogarde’s personal film collection, featuring many famous movie stars and behind the scenes material. R3EL will also house the world’s largest collection of NASA footage all available in HD, including many shots that have rarely been seen.

“Cataloguing and digitising the content within the R3EL collection has been a mammoth effort,” commented Jo Griffin, R3EL’s COO. “We sought to identify the gaps within the market that the established content providers don’t cater for and feel we are creating this by the collections we now own and partner with."

Beatrijs Lelyveld, from added: “R3EL is positioned as a people-centric company film of fanatics in a technically competitive landscape. We want to provide a simple and clear message about what we want to do and how. The company uses content craftsmanship to restore and preserve the world’s analogue libraries and to deliver this digitally with beautifully curated clips in a few clicks. That is what the market needs”. Drop your details on the site and we’ll be in touch when we launch or you can see exhibiting at Footage Market Place in London, June 13th 2018.


R3EL are looking for more exciting hidden away archives out there that need the R3EL touch. If you have an archive or know of one please do get in touch and talk to us.

Contact for press images, sample footage or for further information on licensing or content:

Jo Griffin, R3Store Studios   | E: | T: 020 3871 5300