Black & White Silent Film Era Music Video

Hey Everyone! Tim Cash Oregon Filmmaker here. I had the wonderful pleasure of concepting and executing this piece for Canadian singer/songwriter Pennan Brae as one of our 4 videos we did together last month. The prep involved wasn’t too bad. Our lead actress has an afinity for that period and did her own wardrobe and makeup which really blew me away! Jared’s outfit was a mishmash of period and JC Penny’s shirt & vest which I returned right after the shoot. We could only find a red hat for him but thats the great thing about Black & White. In the end everything is Black & White! and I purchased the piano for $125 and we just ripped the top off to expose the innards . I was stressing a bit on the location leading up to the shoot but at the last minute my grip Robert Slaney found this place…which we poached till the owner showed. He was actually quite grateful and wondered if anyone ever really noticed his turn of the 20th century town he had set up for passers by.

On a side note; in order to acheive the old projector speed we shot the singing shots to the song at 75% then sped it up in post to 150%. In fact the whole video is sped up to 150% to give it the “LOOK”! Back then I don’t think you could control the speed of projectors or they weren’t constant so they would speed up and slow down. that or maybe they shot at 18 frames a second back then which also gives the sped up look when moving through a projector at 24 frames. Anyway, I didn’t do any research on that. just tried to recapture the look. Hope you all enjoy!!


Some of you asked for more Behind The Scenes so here it is. shot by my grip Robert Slaney


About Tim Cash

My name is Tim Cash. I am a low-budget filmmaker living in Oregon. join me as I test out new gear from Canon DSLR's to our 18ft. Kessler Crane and our cheap shitty dolly I want to throw off a cliff and much much more. we'll be talking about everything in the creative process.
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9 Responses to Black & White Silent Film Era Music Video

  1. VIOLETA says:

    Another great video!!! Thanks for the behind-the-scenes… really cool stuff. Your girl model was beautiful and looked even more stunning in BnW. Actually, everyone in the video looked great in your BnW film concept. Great job!

  2. Nuyoka says:

    My Lawd!
    Those floating cam crane shots! your models eyes!, the Concept! and the awesome contrast of the black and white!

    Great Job Tim!

  3. kwdickinson says:

    Re: old projector speeds

    Back in the day films used to be shot, and projected, via a hand crank; so the inconsistency in speed was down to how fast the projectionist could turn his wrist vs how fast the cameraman had turned his.

    In fact it used to be considered a highly skilled profession, and good projectionists a valuable commodity, as good wrist technique could make all the difference between a good and bad screening.

    • Tim Cash says:

      Awesome!! Thx so much for the info. Now that you mention it I vaguely remember seeing a movie withthat or something. Thx so much!! Learn something new everyday!!!!

  4. Jill Archer says:

    Loved this! Shared it with my FB friends.

  5. Hello, I really like the look of your blog, and would like to ask you a question and I hope you don’t mind me asking; how did you boost the stats of your blog/ how did you get people to see your blog?

    EOTC is a volunary organisation for everyone around the world interested in film but needs more viewers. I would be very greatful if you could kindly impart your wisdom?

    Many thanks
    Edge of the City

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