Here's a Step-by-Step Tutorial on Creating the 8mm Look in Premiere Pro

If you want to include an 8mm film sequence in your next project, this tutorial will walk you through the entire process.

Film stocks that have aged and weathered with time seem to have the power to bring people back to the days of old where they can reminisce and muse over the past. This is why so many dream sequences and flashbacks in films are either shot on 16mm or 8mm film or are made to look like they were.

If you're a filmmaker who is planning on including one of these types of sequences in your film and would like to avoid the hassle of working with actual film, editor Justin Odisho has made a tutorial that walks you through the fairly simple process of giving your digital footage the look of 8mm film, complete with flicker, grain, aspect ratio, and grade. Check it out below:

Knowing how to give your digital footage the look of film, whether it's the drastic 8mm washout or the subtle grain and color composition of 35mm, is one of those skills that always comes in handy. Sure, you could slap a LUT on top of your clips, but if you want to create your very own look, Odisho shows you which Premiere Pro tools will help you do it.

And yeah, these old film looks are great for creating flashback sequences, but they're also great for grades. Personally, I love the look of 8mm and 16mm film—it's gritty, grainy, distressed. If I shoot in 4K (or even 1080p sometimes), I degrade the shiz out of my footage, because (get ready for an unpopular opinion) I just don't like the hi-res look of 4K for certain narrative films. It's just too clean for my preferences. I like a little grime. I like a little fuzziness. I like to not be able to see my subject's wrinkles and pores in razor sharp focus. Am I alone on this? I feel like a crazy person! But, I digress—kind of.

Regardless of what your application is for this vintage film look, Odisho provides you all of the tips and know-how you'll need to start understanding not only what these post-production tools do, but also how you can take greater control of them to create specific looks in a more precise way.     

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You're not crazy at all - I do the same with my footage.

April 30, 2017 at 3:40AM


agreed... not crazy at all. Modern digital is too clinical and sharp. I use FilmConvert as a quick tool...but this was great as a fast and potentially free way to get the same effect.

One thing however, which is small, is that I would never render out in 1/4 resolution while working with color or effects... fine for editing whit effects applied, but you really shout render out at full quality because lots of times there will be strange artifacts that you can't see at 1/4 res. Not a huge deal, but will save you a re-render lots of times.

April 30, 2017 at 5:13AM

Roberto Serrini
Director • Editor

How about an article showing people how easy and affordable it is to shoot on real film? Super 8 when faked always looks fake.

April 30, 2017 at 2:06PM

Jason Wise
Director, underwater photographer

So simple, its brilliant!

Any ideas on doing 16mm or 35mm - a key feature would be milky blacks.

April 30, 2017 at 10:10PM, Edited April 30, 10:10PM


DSLR Guide (Simon Cade) on Youtube did a video like this as well, definitely worth checking out if you're looking to do something similar, he also compares it head on with real 8mm film.

May 1, 2017 at 10:36PM

Callum Sutton
Studio Manager

I use iDealshare VideoGo to create old film look to video like add old film look to MP4, AVI, MKV etc.

September 10, 2017 at 2:05AM