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Color Correction Look Book: Creative Grading Techniques for Film and Video by Alexis Van Hurkman

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Chapter 23. Vintage Film

Let’s take a look at a few methods for creating a grading staple: the vintage film look. There are a variety of flaws you can use to simulate the look of older film.

Film printed over many generations of internegatives loses the dense blacks and highlight detail of first-generation prints, and it suffers from the introduction of even more grain. Repeated printing also introduces increased potential for white dust spots (dust on the negative blocking light during printing).

Some photochemically developed print stocks that have remained in storage for a long time suffer from faded color. Some dyes fade faster than others, depending on the stock, resulting in yellowish or magenta casts in old color film prints.

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