Regardless of whether you're going for style or not, diffusion filters can help a cinematographer gloss over a whole bunch of different problems. Of course, they can be used to smoothe skin imperfections and control contrast, but they have the ability to soften your images to look more like film and less like video.  

That's why if you're a cinematographer trying to find the look of a project, diffusion filters are a vital tool to remember. They can be used to create a specialized look, or give an impression of certain genres and decades.

The good people at Schneider-Kreuznach have developed one of the coolest diffusion filters ever in the True-Net series. Their engineering found the secret to recreating that vintage Hollywood feel: a time-honored, old silk stocking diffusion look. 

George Mooradian, ASC talks True-Nets from Schneider Optics on Vimeo.

After extensive research, Schneider developed a technique to sandwich hosiery made on the same knitting machines since the 1950s, right in between their optical glass. Like the company’s other professional cine filters, they are laminated, and protected from edge chipping with Schneider’s unique Edge Seal, which also reduces edge reflection and edge flare.

Messages_image2116278570True-Net Black, Gray and Beige

The Series includes seven varieties. True-Net Blacks come in 3 densities, from subtle to heavy, to provide a lush old-Hollywood feel that can look romantic, elegant, or seductive. True-Net Beige, available in 2 densities, can give a warm and dreamy 1960s to ‘70s effect. The two True-Net Gray filters portray a more muted natural feel that retains pleasing contrast. 

The True-Net Filter Series is currently available in 4x5.65 size, but other sizes can be made to order. They're available now for $365 a piece.