I loaned uniforms and insignia to a number of productions, including Heroes of the Victoria Cross, Passchendaele, the Call of Duty video game (not to scoff at, their latest release had the largest opening day sales of any entertainment event in history, TV, movies, included), and one or two whose name I never even learned. Sometimes I was paid handsomely (Passchendaele paid me $250.00 for the loan of a set of 10th Battalion officers' collar dogs) and sometimes I was happy to provide advice and physical items from my collection for free.
These things work both ways, of course. Very often much of my time - which I consider no more or less valuable than anyone else would - was spent trying to communicate clearly about matters such as the correct insignia worn at Dieppe, or how period items of kit were worn (to the point of going out to the forest reserve with a lady friend who photographed me in full uniform for use as a reference). I was not reimbursed for this time, nor did I expect or desire to be. Did I communicate clearly? I have a degree in communications so I like to think I was at least able to recognize effective methods of getting my message across. So there was a certain element of disappointment to see the final results on screen, when very simple things like 50 cents worth of blue felt not being sewn to a uniform sleeve, or gaiters being worn upside down/backwards despite extensive efforts to ensure such things didn't happen.
You may be surprised at the number of collectors, historians, hobbyists, etc., who do give freely of their time to assist with these productions - or, perhaps, who have stopped trying to help because they have found that their help often falls on deaf ears.
I'm not sure that lack of interested parties among the knowledgable is really the problem.
This message has been edited by dorosh on Jan 30, 2012 5:43 PM