Working on a spot to promote our colleges annual foundation fund raiser. The theme is the 1950’s. Been looking for public domain / royalty free video of 50’s stuff, cars, sockhop type stuff. I only need about 20 seconds total. The rest, I’ll “invent something” as our dean aptly put it. My budget is next to zero. I could go to the purveyors of images like Getty and others but is there a way of accessing directly from the gov’t sources?
The only problem with archive.org is that you’ll have to demux MPEG footage, but other than that, I don’t know of any other free public sources for video. Maybe someone on the board will come through for you. Hope so. 😉
Thanks to everyone who responded. I wish I was near DC. The archive.org site is great! Coronet films are the best worst I’ve ever seen. I downloaded a couple of things but they’re 320×240. Is there any way to resize in FCP. I’ll check out the photo website. If only fair use wasn’t such a gray area. I found a 10 sec clip of Bill Haley doing the open to “rock around the clock” that would be perfect but why court disaster.