Jacques Cousteau Stars in an Undersea Music Video

Remixed found footage of the famous explorer gets a dreamy soundtrack from Yellowbirds' new album. 

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In his 87 years, Jacques Cousteau worked as an explorer, naval officer, conservationist, scientist, author, and filmmaker. He shot dozens of films about the Earth's oceans and their dazzling wildlife, and as it turns out, the footage makes for an awesome music video too.

Digging through the edit bins at Emerson College, Caitlin and Josh Drake rescued scraps of Cousteau films and transformed them into this video for "The Ceiling" by the New York-based group Yellowbirds. The Drakes added hand-painted effects and analog animation before blending everything together digitally. The result is a surreal underwater adventure that echoes The Life Aquatic or even the hand-colored restoration of Méliès's 1902 sci-fi film, Voyage dans la lune. Be sure to watch it full screen and turn up the volume. 

Yellowbirds is Sam Cohen, Brian Kantor, Annie Nero, and Josh Kaufman. Get their second album, Songs from the Vanished Frontier, including "The Ceiling," here.

For more work by Caitlin and Josh Drake, visit their Vimeo page

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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