How To: Make Video Look Like Film

All video professionals and indie filmmakers put a great deal of effort into their final product. If you want to go a step beyond and achieve that pinnacle of video nirvana known as “The Film Look,” this course explains why film and video have such different appearances. Learn everything from choosing a camera to using the right lighting for your project, as well as how to create a unique look for your project in post production using color correction and color grading.

Defining the Film Look (Free for Non-Members)
All video professionals and indie filmmakers put a great deal of effort into their final product. Many of them wish to go a step beyond and achieve that pinnacle of video nirvana known as - "The Film Look." In this segment we will discuss what "The Film Look" means, why film and video look so different in the first place and how you too can achieve "The Film Look" in your next project.

Choosing a Camera (Free for Non-Members)
Achieving the film look is no easy task. And choosing the right camera is the first step to get you on the right track. In this segment, we discuss camera components and different types of cameras, including camcorders, DSLRs and digital cinema cameras.

Frame Rates and Interlacing
There's no experience quite like sitting in a movie theater and watching a film. Since it's inception, film has had a special look and feel to it that many video producers have tried to emulate. In this segment, you'll learn about interlaced footage, progressive footage, frame rates, and footage conversion. A solid understanding of these key concepts will help make your video, look like film.

Lighting for the Film Look
Whether you're capturing images on a camcorder, a DSLR, or even film, what you're really doing is capturing light. Enormous time and expense is spent crafting the lighting for each scene in a high quality film. In this segment, we'll discuss the purpose of lighting, light sources, lighting instruments, and lighting styles. Knowing how to use light properly will help make your video, look like film.

Color Correction For the Film Look
In an ideal world, every shot you brought into the edit room would be perfect. But the reality is that sometimes shots you're editing aren't white balanced perfectly, or the look of one shot might not match another. In this segment, we talk about primary color correction and show you how to adjust the tonality and color of a clip. A little color correction can go a long way and help make your video look like film.

Color Grading and Color Matching for the Film Look
Everyone can instantly picture the look and feel of films like Saving Private Ryan, with it's raw, gritty footage, or the Matrix, with is green-tinged digital world. Color Grading and color matching are two major components that enhance films and separate them from the look of video. Using some basic techniques, your next project can stand out with it's own unique look and feel.