I contacted MLB for access to their footage of McGwire's career in order to produce a documentary called "Blacklisted" which is a retrospective of his amazing career and how we got to where we are now. They asked for a detailed synopsis of exactly what I wanted in the film and said even if they do approve it, I have to pay them to find the footage as well as pay per-minute for what I use in the documentary, which he says is already "several thousand dollars."
Looking online at other documentary producers, they spend anywhere between fifty and a hundred thousand per film AFTER doing their best to leave out all of the footage and pictures they can't afford. So these things take years to pitch and fund. Every image, frame, and sound must be approved by the copyright owner or it can't be used - and they all want money.
It's very sad that I won't be able to do this not only for lack of funds, but lack of a market. I don't think I'd sell many DVD's to recoup the costs and apart from a film festival or two no one would buy it for airtime on TV.
Maybe there is another way.
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