Q: Who are you people?

A: You can read all about who we are and why we’re doing all this HERE.

Q: Where do you find your research for the pieces you write?

A: Many different places. Besides consulting our own personal library and archives, there are frequent trips to various public and private libraries. Our favorite above all others is The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Center for Motion Picture Study. But we can be seen pretty regularly at our local library in Burbank.

Q: Where do you get your ideas for what you write about?

A: Having spent much time working and living in Hollywood, many of the stories start because of an interest or history we have already have in a particular subject. Some ideas come from current articles that catch our eye. We also turn to a lot of books with general movie listings and trivia. Leonard Maltin’s books (such as his annual movie guide, and his movie encyclopedia) are big favorites. If we see something in them that gets our attention – perhaps something that we remember another interesting fact about – we do a little more research to see if it leads to an interesting piece.

Q: May I use your research for something I’m writing?

A: Of course. One of the reasons this site was created was to promote research and learning about the subjects presented here. You’re more than welcome to use our articles for your research, as long as we’re credited as your source. A brief quote of our work within the context of your writing is fine as well. But we do NOT appreciate entire sections – or entire pieces – plagiarized.

Q: I have some additional / updated / corrected information about a certain piece. Would you like it?

A: Absolutely, especially if you can include your source for us to verify it. We are striving to provide information that is as accurate as possible, and if you can help us do so by pointing us toward more accurate research, excellent! Although we may not be able to respond to every email, any legitimate help that can be offered is most appreciated.

Q: Do you take submissions for stories?

A: At this time, we are not taking unsolicited submissions for articles - although in the future we may be seeking well-researched pieces on specific subjects. If you have an idea for an article, you’re welcome to let us know. Please be aware that all submissions become the property of Hollywood Lost and Found.

Q: Would you like a review of a movie that I’ve seen?

A: You’re welcome to post your opinions about movies on our Message Board – but for our main site, we’re focusing on motion picture history instead of reviews.

Q: I think I heard the Wilhelm Scream in a movie that’s not on your list! Would you like to know what it is?

A: Absolutely, and if we can verify that it is indeed in that movie, we’ll add it to the list.

Q: I can describe the scene where the Wilhelm Scream appears in a certain film that is on your list, but you didn’t say where. Would you like to know where it is?

A: You’re welcome to tell us if you’d like. But although we don’t say exactly where the scream is in every film is on the list, the reason is usually because we don’t want to ruin the fun of listening for it!

Q: I’m looking for a certain prop – can you help?

A: Steve Lee, the site’s creator, has been known to help people track down a few elusive movie artifacts – but it’s not his full-time job. We suggest you post a brief query in an email, or better, make a post on our Message Board. If it’s something that Steve or his contributors already know something about, they will try to respond. Perhaps someone else reading the boards may know something as well. But if you’re looking for Steve to consult on a more serious level, it will have to be negotiated as his time permits.

Q: How can we help support the site?

A: There are several ways you can help. Visit our Shop and purchase an item our two. A portion of the profits from the sale of the items we feature from Amazon.com and our stores at CafePress.com go directly to fund the site. Also, if you regularly buy items from Amazon, we’d appreciate it if you visit them from one of our links (or bookmark Amazon from our link) and we’ll get a small percentage from whatever you buy. And it wont cost you any more than you’d already pay.

Another way to help support Hollywood Lost and Found would be to visit the sites featured in our Google Ads at the top of many of our pages. Simply clicking on these ads will help keep Hollywood Lost and Found alive on the World Wide Web!

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