View Full Version : How to make video look like movies from the late 80s/early90s?

09-16-2013, 02:22 AM
Does anyone know what camera or software settings I have to use to create a video that looks a 80s/90s movie. I don't the look of the movies today, it's too crisp and clear. I like the pale colored and flatness of movies like When Harry met Sally, The Breakfast Club, Chungking Express, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia and so on.


Anonymous Filmmaker
09-16-2013, 03:14 AM
You can do this on almost any software, and some cameras. Which do you have?

09-16-2013, 04:17 AM
I don't have anything yet. I'm asking so I know what to buy. Thanks.

Mick Scarborough
09-16-2013, 05:23 AM
If you are looking to use DSLR cameras, an affordable and quality option, a google or youtube search for DSLR FILM LOOK will net a bunch of solutions for you. Most are in camera settings such as adjusting the f stop, taking the saturation all the way down, setting the rate to 24P and setting your depth of field. Most of the Canon Rebel DSLR cams will do these things well.

Anonymous Filmmaker
09-16-2013, 11:33 AM
Budget? Dslr's and software range hugely in value, so to pick the best possible we need a budget.

09-17-2013, 12:59 AM
my budget is about $500.

09-17-2013, 07:01 AM
Naturally the best way to achieve the "vintage" look would be to shoot on film, but that of course will cost way more than digital.

For $500 you should be able to find a decent used DSLR with a kit lens that will get you started.

Achieving the filmic look is not just due to one specific thing, it is a combination of the camera that is used, the lenses that you use, lighting, set design, camera movement, camera blocking, what happens in front of the camera, and f course what you do in post, color correcting, editing, sound design etc.

A good DSLR body is a good investment, since you can always buy new lenses whenever you get enough funds together, and if you ever want to upgrade the camera body, the lenses are still good to go with the neww camera as well!

09-17-2013, 03:21 PM
Would a canon 450d, 500d or 550d be sufficient?

Mick Scarborough
09-18-2013, 04:52 AM
yes. Adorama sells refurbished 500Ds for under $500