Preparing for Silent Cool Hand Luke

Every since I saw Alan’s post about Artsifiying Youtube Videos and the Return to the Silent Era assignment, I was pretty sure I wanted to do it. And it’s been helpful to see some students have done the assignment, particularly Kill Me Silently Baby! which I find really captures one of the major genres of silent cinema – vaudevillian slapstick.

So I’ve decided to make an attempt at the slapstick by remaking the 50 eggs scene from Cool Hand Luke.


I’ve already downloaded the video and starting some cutting in Final Cut Pro. I also created this title card, and a blank one that anyone is welcome to use.

I’m using Photoshop to create the cards, and I’ve used the Shit Happens font from, but I’ll need to find others for the dialogue.

As for music, I’m planning to use Dueling Banjos, which I believe will provide initial tension as the bet is made with the slow parts, and the fast paced playing during the contest itself.

Finally, I’m hoping to speed up the pace of the whole film (this reflects the 18 frames a sec used in silent films) and push it through an app on my iPhone called 8mm Vintage Camera to antique it.

Lots of work to do here, so I’m hoping to find the time!






5 responses to “Preparing for Silent Cool Hand Luke”

  1. ffion Avatar

    Just a post to thank you for posting the blank card available for everyone to use, worked brilliantly in my silent film x

    1. mbransons Avatar

      Happy that it’s being used. Post a link at some point if you’d like to!

  2. ffion Avatar

    Sure, here it is! Thanks again!

  3. Kostas Avatar

    Hey Michael,

    Just wanted to let you know I used your beautiful artwork in the credits sequence of our game Tin Hearts (you can check out a trailer for it at

    Thank you very much for creating this and making it available for people to use! Running a tiny studio of passionate game developers I deeply appreciate people like you who make our lives a little bit easier by creating content we can use in our projects!

    Thanks again and wish you all the best on your own projects!

    1. mbransons Avatar

      Glad that it made it into your game. Best of luck with the release!