With more than 57,000 historic clips and 7 million stills for immediate download, CriticalPast is your source for imagery of worldwide events, people, and B-roll spanning the 20th century.
Fully digitized and searchable, the CriticalPast collection is one of the largest royalty-free archival footage collections in the world. Search and view thousands of historic video clips and millions of still images, all available for immediate download in many formats, including multiple variations of HD, PAL, and NTSC. All clips and stills are licensed royalty-free, worldwide, in perpetuity, for all media. The average HD clip price is only $200 for 2 minutes. Stills are licensed for only $25. CriticalPast offers immediate downloads of full-resolution HD and SD masters and full-resolution time-coded screeners, 24 hours a day, to serve the needs of broadcast news, TV, film, and publishing professionals worldwide.
Drawn largely from U.S. government sources, CriticalPast contains a vast collection of vintage military and war footage, as well as 20th century propaganda and educational films from many countries. The CriticalPast war collection is second to none, and includes footage from World War I, World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, and The Cold War. Other specialties include worldwide Political Figures, Industrialization, the Great Depression, Culture, Civil Rights, Transportation, Aviation, and Space.
Our clients include the world's leading production companies, broadcasters, filmmakers, advertisers, publishers, museums, and online education companies.
About the Founders
As co-founder of CriticalPast.com, Jim Erickson merges his extensive background as a video technician, motion picture film professional and network engineer with his interest in transferring historic motion picture films into modern archival formats. Jim's belief in archival preservation and enhancement through public involvement is one of the driving factors behind CriticalPast.com.
Established by Jim in 2007, with his brother, Andy, CriticalPast.com is one of the largest online collections of historic, royalty-free film footage and still images in the world. Drawn largely from U.S. government agency archives, CriticalPast's collection spans thousands of hours of video and millions of still images. Jim developed CriticalPast's unique image processing algorithms, which were used in creating the millions of still images seen within the collection. He also created the site's editing and content management systems that enable the production of clips and the enhancement of metadata within clips.
Before co-founding CriticalPast.com, Jim was a partner in Stock Footage Clips where he worked as a videographer and archives researcher, gathering stock shots of significant places and historic events. He also owned and operated Erickson Archival Telecine, where he designed and built the entire telecine transfer facility under strict federal government film laboratory standards.
Prior to founding Erickson Archival Telecine, Jim was a colorist at several motion picture post production facilities, including Modern VideoFilm, Anderson Video, and Colorlab, where he worked on numerous archival, documentary, television, and feature projects including "National Geographic Explorer," "Homicide," "Power Rangers," "Silk Stalkings," "Renegade," "Waiting for Guffman," and "The Blair Witch Project." In 1998, Jim won an International Monitor Award for "Best Color Correction - Documentaries" for the series "Into the Rising Sun."
Jim began his career as a video dubber and telecine assistant for Capitol Video where he ran the company's commercial dubbing operations.
Jim earned a BS in Telecommunications and English from James Madison University.
Andy Erickson is an accomplished product management and marketing leader with over 20 years of experience in the Internet, consumer technology, and information services industries.
Andy and his brother, Jim, an award-winning film colorist, founded CriticalPast LLC in 2007 to simplify the often-arduous process of obtaining historic stock footage and photos. CriticalPast.com now hosts one of the world's largest online collections of royalty-free archival footage and still images, and has revolutionized the way that buyers discover and purchase historic multimedia content.
Before co-founding CriticalPast.com, Andy directed multiple products and programs at AOL, including the company's flagship AOL 9.0 online service, the AOL Computing channel, the You've Got Pictures online photo storage and sharing service, AOL File Backup, and X-Drive, among others.
Prior to AOL, Andy served in a number of roles for companies that specialize in metadata management, including Platinum Technology, where he was the lead product manager for the company's metadata repository products and oversaw their definition and deployment across technology and marketing teams. Previously, Andy began his career at Reltech Incorporated, where he was a software instructor and technical consultant serving a variety of government and Fortune 500 clients.
Andy earned an MBA from Rice University and a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia.