View Full Version : Copyright free clips?

Aural Night
02-12-2010, 01:50 AM
NOTE this is not an ad so I can't post it on the ad forum.

Ok, I couldn't find any sub-forum which would suit my question, which is..

As an aspiring film/TV/ads/game composer I'm looking for copyright free video material in which there is no music or the music can be removed and re-scored. I need to show people in the industry that I can do this but having no video material to work with I can only make an audio show reel which is not good enough.

I would love to take, say, Lord of the Rings, remove the music (keep fx, dialogue) and re-score parts of it and showcase that, but I can't because 1) it's not technically possible 2) I'd face copyright issues.

So I'd need some kind of somewhat decent video clips sans music which I could write music to, display these on my website and thence get people interested.

I have scored one short and two tiny game musics, but I need more material to make a show reel.

What'd you suggest I do? Can I just search the web for copyright free videos, remove the music, re-score them and display them? I could ad myself here and elsewhere but no director will get interested in if I don't have hardly any prior video material to show with. That's why I posted this - an ad would not (yet) be useful.

Thank you for any input,
Miika (aka Aural Night)

02-12-2010, 02:03 AM
Look in the Prelinger Archives, over at Much of the material in there is public domain.

Many people re-score existing video material for reel purposes, btw.

Aural Night
02-12-2010, 03:12 AM
Wow, thank you! This is nice. Any other ideas?? Btw is the Prelinger section there at the only copyright free section or are there others?

The problem still exists that if I download a copyright free video and remove audio from it, I also remove any sounds or dialogue (ok wasn't going to score much over any dialogue anyway), it's hardly possible to just remove the music I guess. Of course I could pursue this at a composers' forum but I really like to get the video guys' opinion too. Well..I could make the sounds too, but that is a lot of tinkering and takes a long time. Also many of the Prelinger videos seem to be from the 1930's or 1940's, these seem hardly relevant for re-scoring purposes in 2010.