June 22, 2016 at 9:47AM


How to Achieve the Film Look with Your DSLR

The whole film vs digital debate has been raging on for decades now. I’m old school and LOVE the look of film but I also love the power and speed of shooting digital. What’s an indie filmmaker to do?

Creating a convincing “film look” out of your DSLR or digital footage can be challenging and frustrating. Ever since digital video was invented there has always been someone trying to emulate the look of film. With technology changing so fast and becoming so powerful it is easier than ever to create a believable film look with almost any camera.

One of my favorite tools is FilmConvert, the best film stock emulator I’ve ever seen. FilmConvert enables you to add film color & grain to your video in a few simple clicks. With a range of market-leading cameras profiled, you can achieve precise, industry leading results even under the tightest deadline. This has become the industry standard for creating a convincing film look. I’ve been using it with my post production clients for a while now and I absolutely love it.

It’s so incredibly easy. I use it in DaVinci Resolve but it’s also compatable with Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut X, Motion, Scratch, AVID and comes in a Stand Alone App. Take a look at the video below and all will be explained.



"The whole film vs digital debate has been raging on for decades now"

In major motion pictures, there are zero films that are shot on film, edited on film and projected on film. No one views actual films, at best they view a digital representation where film was used at some point.

In commercial films, there is no film film anymore nor an audience that views film with film.

However along the chain of events you can capture images on film if you desire. Despite a fraction of the film stocks available now that used to be available and a fraction of places to have your film developed, Hollywood threw Kodak a life line to keep a few film stocks available.

Considering that 100% of all movies viewed are viewed digitally and zero percent viewed captured with film and projected as film, it is both a route and annihilation of film by digital.
However if you choose, you have a choice to exercise using film for motion image capture.
Capturing with film takes a different skill set than digital by a DP and there are DPs that have a lifetime using film and that is where there comfort is and their skill set. It is a choice everyone gets to make and should be respected for making their choice for their movie for their own reasons.
As to debate, there is no debate.

June 22, 2016 at 6:47PM, Edited June 22, 6:47PM


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