July 18, 2017 at 6:42PM


Vintage Film Look

Hello everyone! I'm a soon to be film student (starting this Fall), and I'm looking into concentrating on post production and coloring.

I came across a website of a local video production company that has in their portfolio a bike commercial with tons of interesting vintage light leaks and effects, and I was wondering if any of you had any idea of how some of those effects might've been made. It's the "Vintage Electric Bikes" video in their "portfolio" section (the direct video link doesn't seem to be working):


Thanks in advance!


There are lots of places that sell these effects. I would not try to duplicate the Vintage Electric Bikes ad, but make your own ad, with your own vintage style.

One thing that bothered me a tiny bit is that most real vintage footage from the 60's and 70's is not as sharp as HD footage, so I would have lowered the resolution to either 720p or 480p, and include some shots with intentional soft-focus. Real vintage footage is not crisp and often not always in focus.

July 18, 2017 at 7:17PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

As a student this seems like a decent project.
They used a ton of effects in this project. While it doesn't really look like film it does have a nice look.

So the look they created has a few parts to it.
1) an overall color tone- warm highlights are often associated with film and are a quick and easy way to hit a 'look' any color program can do this. They look to have reduced saturation and contrast as well

2) Flared highlights- you can do these in a color program by grabbing a highlight, blurring it than increasing it's brightness. You can also experiment by adding lens flares, After effects and Resolve are places to try those effects

3) Film dust and scratches- I quickly found a tutorial that will give you some of what was done https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USqw_JItvBg. you can use that for a spring board on how make it your own

4) film damage- Not sure on this one.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JsSr4eHzLY
They have a lot of effects that create color channel damage.

It's a really good thing as a student to see what other people have done and try to copy . It gives you skills so when you have your own unique vision that you can achieve it.

Good luck. When you get something up, post a link here.

Just as a note - Take a trip to see Dunkirk on 70mm to get an idea of a film on film. The look created here is neat, but not really what film looks like.

July 19, 2017 at 10:16AM


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