Back in December 2008 I happened to take a video of a horseracing accident at the old Royal Sabah Turf Club, Tanjung Aru.
Then, I committed a cardinal sin: after uploading the footage to youtube, I deleted the original.
A few months down the road, I’ve totally forgotten about the video until the 17th of April 2009 when I got this message via youtube:
Im interested in knowing more about a video posted of a horse racing accident. Do you own the footage / know who does?
Im working on a show for Animal Planet called Untamed and Uncut which airs dramatic encounters with animals including attacks, rescues and accidents. We strive to tell great stories about animal and human triumph with an emphasis on animal behavior and scientific explanations.
All stories are accompanied by computer generated effects and animation to educate and enlighten the public on the scientific aspect of the animals behavior.
Please take a minute to watch a sample of our stories in the link below:
Any additional information you can give me on this video would be great. We would love to pay the owner of the footage to use this for our show. Any lead would be great.
Thank you so much for your time. I hope to hear from you soon,
“Untamed and Uncut”
3151 Cahuenga Blvd. #300
Hollywood, Ca 90068
A few messages later, she mentioned that Animal Planet would like to license the footage, of course for the purpose of payment and “possibly use this for our show.”
That was followed by two phonecalls from Linda / Vicki from their clearance department.
Then there was discussion about taking things to the story producer, in order to arrange interviews with “the person who was hurt, a witness and an expert.” And, “since I was at the scene, I would be interviewed.” Yes, they were getting ready to fly all the way from the USA to Sabah to do all that.
Still, there was concern whether simply getting the youtube video would be good enough. The post production crew was asked about this, and unfortunately, apparently it wasn’t.
So one can say I blew my chance of appearing in a popular TV channel shown in more than 70 countries around the world, and getting paid handsomely for it, surely unleashing a torrent of christmas gift ideas.
So, the moral of the story is: if ever you take an interesting video, do post it on youtube and never ever delete the original!