The goal of that project was to illustrate a pre-recorded soundtrack. The latter being to Cool Cavemen what The Ecstasy of Gold is to Metallica: a piece that is played before each show and serve as concert intro.
Footage used to produce this video is public domain material found at archive.org . If you’re curious, the detailed list of all sources is available in the credits, at the end of the video.
As for my previous project , I have to warn you that it may not look as funny as for French-speaking audience. That being said, here is the final result:
The challenge of this project was to have video of people speaking in sync with the audio. I suffered a lot trying to make it as convincing as possible. If the final result is far from perfect, I find it to be believable enough for the amount of time I invested in.
As for the tools used to produce this video, I edited it in November with a development version of Kdenlive, under an Ubuntu 11.10. As usual, here is a screenshot of my timeline for reference:
The project is using Kdenlive’s “ NTSC 29.97 fps” profile, which produce a 720x486 pixels stream with a pixel aspect ratio of 8/9 and a display aspect ratio of 4/3. I choose this profile as it was the closest to the original videos I downloaded from archive.org.
I composed the credits and title card in Gimp, and tried to mimic the style of that period. This mean approximative composition and abuse of typography:
To enhance the effect, I blurred everything and separated the text blocks in several layers. I then applied to each of them some random movements to add a parallax effect, thus getting closer to the look and feel produced by the imprecise optical process used in the early days of movie making.