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How I Get the Film Look – Simple Step by Step!

How I Get the Film Look – Simple Step by Step!


On today’s episode of the Piedmont motion picture show we’re talking about how you can use just a few simple steps To take your boring shots and give them a more cinematic film look and that starts right now Hey guys Ryan with the Piedmont Motion Picture Company. Thank you so much for joining me today This channel is all about learning and growing as a filmmaker. So if you’re interested, please give this video a thumbs up Please subscribe if you haven’t already and let’s become better filmmakers together, you know Sometimes getting your images to have a more cinematic film look can be as simple as tweaking a few minor details The smallest little details can make a huge difference today I wanted to go over a list of things that you can do while shooting and impost when you’re editing Tell give your images a more cinematic look that we’re all going for it doesn’t matter if you’re shooting video with a mobile phone a DSLR or a professional level video camera taking your time to set up your shots or edit your shots Properly can make all of the difference between making your shots. Look amateur or professional So today we’re gonna take a look at a few scenes that I shot and we’re gonna look at them before these tips are applied And after to see how we can make our images look more cinematic. So here we go. Let’s jump right into it. Okay Here’s a shot set up. That is basic and boring We haven’t dialed in our camera settings set up a cinematic aspect ratio set up a flat color profile We haven’t taken our time to set up an interesting angle background or lighting and we haven’t color graded added music sound effects or anything all of these things can help improve our images and We are going to apply each one to this shot and see how much closer we can get to that film look Okay, first up. Let’s get our camera settings in order Most films are shot at 24 frames per second So our first step is to change our FPS from the 30 that the shot is in now to 24 fps This will give us a smooth motion blur We will also need to adjust our shutter speed to double our frame rate So when shooting at 24 fps, we will need to set our shutter speed to 148 This is also referred to as having a shutter angle of 180 degrees If your camera doesn’t allow for 148 Set it as close as possible by going to one-fiftieth Sometimes we can crank up the shutter speed for frantic action scenes and give them a more Grittier feeling before the majority of film scenes. We will want to double our shutter speed while we’re in our camera settings Let’s go ahead and set up our camera to shoot in a flat or log color profile. I’m shooting with the Panasonic. Gh4 So I’ll be using the V log profile for this demonstration, but your camera should have a flat or log profile. That is very similar Sometimes these are called cinestyle zorse in E flat profiles Shooting in a flat profile lets us get the most out of our camera by preserving more detail in the shadows and highlights Be sure to use the highest codec and bitrate available on your camera as well. This will help you capture as much detail as possible This will also make your files larger But will really help you in post-production workflow by getting the most out of what your camera is capable of ok Now that we have our settings dialed in it’s time to use techniques and skill to get the best possible shot The first thing we can do is switch to a prime lens if we have one available Using a fast prime lens doesn’t give you as much flexibility as using a zoom lens But a fast prime lens with a low f-stop will help you achieve a shallow depth of field or a blurry smooth background Framing our shot appropriately and using good composition can go a long way to improve our images Knowing how to properly use the rule of thirds can help with framing your images and help you to achieve a more cinematic look Take everything in your shot into account Not just your subject pay special care not just to the subject but to the foreground and the background as well Good framing is something that will come easier to you The more you practice it lighting is a hugely important step in getting that film look Take a look at the natural light that you have available to you If you’re indoors take into consideration windows and where the natural light is coming from use a five and one reflector to see how it can improve your image or set up lights to improve the look of backgrounds or create a rim light around your subject Play around with different lights and different light setups until you get something. That is satisfactory If you’re outdoors harsh light can be diffused to improve the look of your shot And if there isn’t much light don’t be afraid to use silhouettes to create a really dramatic look Camera movement can go a long way into improving a shot Make sure your movement is motivated. Meaning that there is a reason behind it You can also use fo camera movement imposed to create a simulated handheld shot or pans and tilts Just make sure that your camera movement feels confident and motivated Now that we have our shot we can move on into post-production to put on the finishing touches The first thing we can do to finish this shot up is to edit it in an anamorphic timeline to give our video a wider aspect ratio This essentially gives the video those black bars that run across the top and bottom of the image or the theater look You can also add crop lines, which is a popular trick. This just simulates the look of having a wider aspect ratio This method can cause artifacting however and isn’t recommended if your film is actually going to be shown on a large screen But it works well enough for a YouTube video We can also color correct and color grade our footage to spruce it up a bit This will give your footage more style and you can change the overall mood and tone of your footage by using warm or cold color grades You can use a LUT or a lookup table to quickly add color grades to your footage we can also add film grain to our footage to get rid of that digital look and Make the film look like it was actually shot on actual film depending on the look you’re going for you can go for a fine or a more coarse look and Finally we can add music to our shot to really bring it home with our desired mood. Are you looking for something light-hearted? Or something more sinister Taking to account all of these steps and techniques will help you get a more cinematic film look for your footage Okay guys question of the day what do you think is the most important step when trying to get that cinematic film Look, is it something that’s not on this list? Let us know in the comments below before we go I’d like to give a big thanks to our patrons who make this channel possible support it week after week Ethan B Benkei Richard H and Ashley s Thank you guys so much for your continued support as always I hope you found this video very beneficial And if you have please give it a thumbs up, and please consider subscribing if you haven’t already Thanks for coming along on this filmmaking journey with me. I am Ryan and I will see you on the next Piedmont motion picture show

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