View Full Version : 60s/70s cop movie look in post
2008 January 4th, 10:48
what are some things i can do to a video to make it look like an older movie?
i was messing around in FCE the other day and came up with something close to what i wanted, but i'd like to hear some other suggestions.
i think the Beastie Boys- Sabotage video is pretty close to what i want.. maybe a little older looking
2008 January 4th, 11:46
check out videocopilot.net and look at the tutorials. they have a great one in there for the older film look. it is for after effects.
2008 January 6th, 07:52
I needed a similar (though not too evident) look for my feature film, so I used the following effects:
1. I used a quite old Premiere/After Effects plugin called 'Easy Movie Colors' (one of my favourite plugins, even in HD). It's ultrafast and makes video colors look more 'organic', like film stock, while additionally enhancing contrast. But I guess you can achieve similar results by slightly enhancing contrast and a color correction.
3. A simple color correction, adjusting the overall whitebalance of the image with a very slight tendency to yellow (very very slightly!).
4. A bleach bypass, reducing colors by approx. 15% and enhancing contrast by approx. 20-30%.
5. A 15-20% tint effect that doesn't fully affect highlights (it's sometimes called 'Preserve Highlights'). As tinting color I use the following: R=255 G=200 B=0
Let me know if you tried it and if so how it worked out for you.
EDIT: Oh, I almost forgot: if you don't need a clean "35mm" picture, add a grain effect with a quite large grain pattern to simulate 'low cost' 16mm film.
EDIT 2: A small sample from my movie: http://www.rhenuspictures.ch/Sample.mov (shot with SD cams, by the way, not the HV20). The effect is not so evident in this version, somehow the H264 Quicktime version comes out a bit flat in contrast. And finally, I didn't want to make the effect too obvious. Tweaking some settings (especially contrast and tint) of the effects I mentioned and some grain will do the trick.
2008 January 6th, 09:26
check out the new magic bullet looks. it does what you want and more, a lot more. a bit expensive but when time is money as on a paid gig it pays for itself the first time you use it. i use it for everything, along with colorista for grading.
2008 January 6th, 11:01
In final cut there is a effect called color corrector 3-way. Use it to make the whites more yellow, the mids more magenta/red and the black blue/cyan.
Then add some darker corners and if U want it, some grain.
2008 January 6th, 11:10
Although this is for AE, it should give some useful tips on how to create that 70s look:
Personally, I'd have bought an old tube cam off eBay for $100 and shot with that, but since you're in post, I guess that's not an option! ;-)
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