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Ghostbusters II
STOCK FOOTAGE

Stock footage, or archive footage as it is sometimes called, is basically video of a location that is not taken for a specific production, but is instead cataloged in a studio's stock footage library to be used on an as-needed basis. Footage that has actually been used in a specific production can also wind up in a stock footage library, as is the case with the Ghostbusters films. Using stock footage is much cheaper for a production than actually sending a crew out to shoot establishing shots of each different locale needed for a particular show or movie. So, in essence, footage originally shot for, oh say, a car commercial, may wind up being used regularly on a hit television series almost a decade later.

Sony has a huge library of stock footage, which includes bits of footage that were filmed for and/or during production of their movies and television shows. What you'll find below is all of the footage I found back in 2012 on the Sony Pictures Stock Footage website that came from the movie Ghostbusters II. This material is no longer available online on the current version of the Sony Stock Footage website. Besides that, Sony's stock footage archivists did not do a very good job cataloging their collection, as I found footage that was misattributed to the first film, and other footage listed as being from Ghostbusters II even though it clearly isn't (that footage is not listed below). I have organized the footage by location, and tried to list each section in the order you'd see it in the final film. Footage that came from unused shots appears last. All clip descriptions were written by Sony. In some of the Ectomobile shots, you can catch a glimpse of the car at the beginning or end of the footage. In these cases, I have provided screen shots with an arrow pointing to the car. When Ghostbusters II stock footage has appeared in another production, it will be noted with the piece of footage that was used.

As an added bonus, since this is all stock footage that Sony has for sale, if you see footage you like and you have a video production that you'd think it would be appropriate for, you can buy it on Sony's website. Yes, that means that you can have an authentic piece of Ghostbusters II in your movie! How cool is that?!? By the way, none of the video clips have audio, and all videos were converted from the original 720x404 Quicktime (.mov) files.

CLICK ON ALL CLIP TITLES TO VIEW THAT VIDEO CLIP

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Customs House / Museum
[close-ups of the ornamental statuary on the top right corner of the building]

6150-043 Statue
Up angle of building or hotel, could be office building. Bas relief statues on building next to windows.

6150-072 Statue
Up angle of building or hotel, could be office building. Bas relief statues on building next to windows.

6155-048 Statue
Up angle of top floor of apartment building or hotel with statues or bas relief. Reflections of other buildings in windows.

These files were originally found at these urls:
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6150-043_STATUE
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6150-072_STATUE
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6155-048_STATUE

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Ray's Occult Books

6142-020 Storefront
Medium angle of storefront of "Ray's Occult Books" in alley. See pedestrians, some cars and homeless people pass by. Neg cut.

6142-027 Storefront
Medium angle of storefront of "Ray's Occult Books" in alley. See pedestrians, some cars and homeless people pass by.

6143-027 Storefront
Medium angle of "Ray's Occult Books" store on city street. See people walking by on sidewalk in foreground. See trash bag in street. See taxi pull up and stop in street in front of store.

6153-044 Storefront
Medium angle of bookstore storefront or shop with neon sign that reads "Occult Books," and another sign that reads "Ray's Occult Books." Awning to left reads "St Marks DSU." Cars drive by on street from left to right.

6155-047 Storefront
Medium angle of bookstore storefront or shop with neon sign that reads "Occult Books," and another sign that reads "Ray's Occult Books." Awning to left reads "St Marks DSU." Cars drive by on street from left to right.
• Used in the Monk episode "Mr. Monk and the Voodoo Curse".

These files were originally found at these urls:
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6142-020_STOREFRONT
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6142-027_STOREFRONT
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6143-027_STOREFRONT
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6153-044_STOREFRONT
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6155-047_STOREFRONT

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Courthouse
[There were 11 clips, but since the building is filmed frequently, most clips don't exactly scream 'Ghostbusters', and there are a lot that are nearly identical, I'm only documenting a few of them. Links are provided for the rest.]

6143-015 Courthouse
Pull back of New York City courthouse. Starts with close up of "United States Court House" written on top of building and pulls back to full shot of building. Building is stone with large columns in front. See bare trees in foreground and pedestrians walking on sidewalk.

6143-030 Courthouse
Medium angle of New York City courthouse from side angle. See "United States Court House" written on top of building. Building is stone with large columns in front. See cars, buses and taxis passing in foreground. See pedestrians walking in front of courthouse.

6153-016 Courthouse
Medium angle of New York City courthouse with corinthian columns and engraving above that reads "United States Court House." Cars drive by from right to left on street.

6153-018 Courthouse
Pan down of New York City courthouse with corinthian columns. Engraving above columns reads "United States Court House."

6155-068 Courthouse
Zoom in of New York City courthouse to engraved sign above that reads "United States Court House." Corinthian columns, cars drive from right to left in front of courthouse.

These files were originally found at these urls:
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6143-015_COURTHOUSE
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6143-030_COURTHOUSE
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6153-016_COURTHOUSE
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6153-018_COURTHOUSE
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6155-068_COURTHOUSE

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Central Park

6143-005 Central Park
Medium angle of lake in Central Park with apartment buildings in background. See people on path on far side of lake. Neg cut.
• Watch carefully on the left side of the jogging path as one extra will actually climb the fence encircling the reservoir (or maybe he climbs a lamp post - it's hard to tell) to get out of the way of the ghost jogger.

6153-004 Central Park
Wide angle of lake, possibly reservoir, at Central Park and trees in background with no leaves, possibly late fall or autumn.
• Watch carefully on the left side of the jogging path as >one extra will actually climb the fence encircling the reservoir to get out of the way of the ghost jogger.

6156-095 Central Park
Wide angle of Central Park with pond or lake in foreground. See buildings in far background behind autumn trees. Joggers jog by pond right and left.

These files were originally found at these urls:
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6143-005_CENTRAL_PARK
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6153-004_CENTRAL_PARK
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6156-095_CENTRAL_PARK

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Peter's Apartment
[There were 16 clips, but since most of them are nearly identical, I'm only documenting a few of them. Links are provided for the rest.]

6143-016 Apartment Building
Pan up of eight story stone Victorian apartment building. See carving at top of building of "MSI." See lights turned on in top story only.

6150-044 Apartment Building
Up angle establish of side of historic apartment building.

6153-002 Apartment Building
Medium angle of entrance of historic apartment building on city street. Woman walks out of entrance, then pans up to top of apartment building with letters in relief that read "MSI."

6153-014 Apartment Building
Up angle of top level of apartment building with relief that reads "MSI." Lights on in two windows, they turn off together.

6153-045 Apartment Building
Pan up of historic apartment building in New York City. See entrance at first on city street, then pans up to top of building.

These files were originally found at these urls:
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6143-016_APARTMENT_BUILDING
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6150-044_APARTMENT_BUILDING
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6153-002_APARTMENT_BUILDING
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6153-014_APARTMENT_BUILDING
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6153-045_APARTMENT_BUILDING

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Theater Ghost Crowd

6142-002 Crowd
Close angle of evacuation of crowd on sidewalk. Glassed bulletin board with posters in background. See scraps of papers fly to left.

6142-003 Crowd
[np description]

6142-026 Evacuation
[no description]

6150-039 Disaster
[no description]

These files were originally found at these urls:
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6142-002_CROWD
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6142-003_CROWD
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6142-026_EVACUATION
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6150-039_DISASTER

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Washington Square Park Crowd

6142-013 Evacuation
[no description]
• Watch at the end as one extra attacks another.

6142-017 Evacuation
[no description]

6143-017 Disaster
[no description]

6156-019 Washington Square Arch
Medium angle of taxis and cars in front of Washington Square Arch. Evacuation of crowd runs forward. See some people walk over cars. Greenwich Village.

These files were originally found at these urls:
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6142-013_EVACUATION
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6142-017_EVACUATION
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6143-017_DISASTER
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6156-019_WASHINGTON_SQUARE_ARCH

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Eclipse Skyline
[When comparing the footage below to the movie, remember that Sony cropped out the sides of the stock footage to put it into a 16:9 ratio. That's why all of the skyline seen to the left in the movie is missing in this footage. Also, there were a few more clips, but since they didn't match the same angle seen in the movie, I left them out.]

6142-034 New York City Skyline
Medium angle pan left and right of New York City skyline at night.

6156-017 New York City Skyline
Wide angle of Central Park, pans up to partial New York City skyline. Fog and overcast.

These files were originally found at these urls:
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6142-034_NEW_YORK_CITY_SKYLINE
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6156-017_NEW_YORK_CITY_SKYLINE

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Statue of Liberty
[There were 35 clips that *seemed* to be filmed by the GB2 crew, but since the monument is filmed frequently, most clips don't exactly scream 'Ghostbusters', and there are a lot that are nearly identical, I'm only documenting a few of them. Links are provided for the rest. All of the clips that did NOT seem to be filmed by the GB2 crew are not listed below at all.]

6142-014 Statue Of Liberty
Wide angle aerial of Statue of Liberty in foreground with New York City skyline in background with World Trade Center. Zooms in on skyline at end.

6142-033 Statue Of Liberty
Aerial around Statue of Liberty. See New York City skyline in far background. Overcast.
• See the stage being built for the Ghostbusters II finale.

6150-031 Statue Of Liberty
Aerial of Statue of Liberty and upper New York bay in front of Manhattan with New York City skyline. World Trade Center, Twin Towers. Pulls back from Statue of Liberty to see more of skyline.

6150-057 Statue Of Liberty
Aerial of Statue of Liberty and New York City skyline with upper New York bay. Ferry in water moves from right to left. World Trade Center Twin Towers.

6153-017 Statue Of Liberty
Aerial of Statue of Liberty and New York City skyline with upper New York bay and World Trade Center Twin Towers. POV moves up from Statue of Liberty to face Manhattan.

6156-039 Statue Of Liberty
Aerial of Statue of Liberty on left, river and New York City skyline in background. See World Trade Center in center. Overcast.
• The full footage of the final shot of the film. See where the camera goes after the movie fades out to the credits.

These files were originally found at these urls:
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6142-014_STATUE_OF_LIBERTY
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6142-033_STATUE_OF_LIBERTY
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6150-031_STATUE_OF_LIBERTY
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6150-057_STATUE_OF_LIBERTY
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6153-017_STATUE_OF_LIBERTY
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6156-039_STATUE_OF_LIBERTY

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Unused Parkview Hospital Exterior

6142-009 Hospital
Medium angle of brown hospital building. Ambulance leaves and exits to left. See people including doctors and nurses walking in front of hospital.

6142-039 Hospital
Medium angle of brown hospital building. Ambulance leaves and exits to left. See people including doctors and nurses walking in front of hospital.

6143-004 Hospital
Medium angle of emergency entrance to brick hospital building. See two ambulances parked by building. See two men moving equipment into building. See ambulance on left drive away with flashing lights on. See people walking in and out of doors. Possibly VA medical center.

6155-065 Hospital
Medium angle of hospital with ambulance parked in front. Ambulance turns on lights, then exits to right. Sign above entrance reads "Parkview" and another reads "Emergency Parkview Hospital."

These files were originally found at these urls:
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6142-009_HOSPITAL
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6142-039_HOSPITAL
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6143-004_HOSPITAL
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6155-065_HOSPITAL

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Unused Eclipse Reactions
[filmed on N. Moore St. in front of the firehouse, facing the left of the street]

6143-014 Cars
Medium angle of front of 1980's silver Toyota Tercel car stopped in middle of city street. See woman open driver's side door and get out and look up. See man look lean out of passenger side of car and look up also. Camera pans in on car. See other people in background look up as well. See things get darker very quickly as something blocks the sun. Things return to normal after several moments.

6153-033 Disaster
Zoom in of silver Toyota Corolla on city street with white car and police car behind it. People step out of car and look up as other people step onto street and get out of cars, looking up at disaster. Frame darkens, probably from disaster above.

These files were originally found at these urls:
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6143-014_CARS
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6153-033_DISASTER

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Unused Dana's Apartment
[I don't know what to make of this. Everything was filmed at 325 E. 77th Street, which is Dana's apartment, but none of this footage looks like it would have been used in GB2. Maybe it's from another production that, coincidentally filmed there at the exact same time - notice the same red flowers and bushes flanking the entrance in this footage and the movie - but this location isn't exactly a hotspot for movie filming.]

6142-001 Taxi
Medium angle of taxi parked in front of apartment building entrance. Couple exits entrance and gets in taxi. Taxi exits to left.

6142-012 Taxi
Medium angle of front of apartment building entrance. Couple exits entrance and waves hand, taxi stops in front of couple as they get in taxi. Taxi exits to left.

6142-019 Pedestrians
Medium angle of pedestrians walking in front of apartment building entrance. Taxi parked in front left.

6143-019 Apartment Building
Medium angle of entrance to brick apartment building with awning extending out over sidewalk. See pedestrians walking on sidewalk. See people carrying shopping bags. See man with christmas tree over shoulder walking with child. Christmas time.

6143-042 Apartment Building
Medium angle of entrance to brick apartment building with awning extending out over sidewalk. See pedestrians walking on sidewalk. See people carrying shopping bags. Possibly Christmas time.

These files were originally found at these urls:
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6142-001_TAXI
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6142-012_TAXI
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6142-019_PEDESTRIANS
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6143-019_APARTMENT_BUILDING
https://www.sonypicturesstockfootage.com/footage/detail.aspx?6143-042_APARTMENT_BUILDING