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    Default Footage of street help needed.

    Does anyone know where I can get footage of an old American street to use as a background for a car shot?

    I'm going to film actors in an old car from the front and the side and then chromakey in passing scenery.

    The scenery would ideally be Hollywood in the 1950s. I'm now happy with anywhere in a US city or suburb up to the early 70s. It'll then be converted to B/W and "dirtied up" a bit so SD quality or at a push youtube is fine.

    Oh, and cheap.

    I'm not after suggestions on how to fake it with low or high angles, that I can work out myself but the final result has got to be as described.

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    Funny you should ask, there's actually some footage that was shot in 30's to 50's for that very particular reason available under creative commons licence.

    https://archive.org/details/35mmstockfootage

    You can find some stock footage shot from moving car there. Various angles and cities.

    No need to even b/w it, already old black and white 35mm that is 720p scan.
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    Brilliant, thanks. Huge database. What search terms did you use to find the footage?

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    The archive.org is massive, but the 35mm stockfootage collection I linked is not as big as it seems. I haven't used any search terms, just had a look. Here are some:

    https://archive.org/details/56DF_40030-414_A_LA

    https://archive.org/details/PET1027_R-1B

    https://archive.org/details/PET0981_R-1_LA

    There's propably more, but those were the ones I remembered watching before

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    Yeeessss! Exactly what I wanted. I spend days looking though Getty, Shutterbug and Pond5, couldn't find a bloody thing.

    Thanks, I appreciate it. This is just the sort of footage I'm after.

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    It's a lucky coincidence, I just happened to come across that 35mm collection last week and the car footage was among first things I noticed there. Didn't expect anyone would ask about it.

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    Been trying to find stuff like that for days. Plenty of modern stuff available (at stupid prices, I'm in the wrong job) but can't find any old 1940/1950s stuff.

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