Chapter 8. Emulating Film Stocks

Now that the use of motion-picture film is giving way to digital acquisition, many clients are beginning to express a desire to emulate the characteristics of film. There are a variety of ways you can do this, but before we continue, let’s take a look at three images that were acquired on film and telecine’d to video neutrally for future grading (Figure 8.1).

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Figure 8.1 Three images that were actually shot on film

These three images are exposed very differently, using different stocks. However, even without the giveaway of a 24p frame rate, there are inherent characteristics that identify each image as “filmic”: ...

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