Film on Video: A Practical Guide to Making Video Look like Film, 1st Edition

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Film on Video
A Practical Guide to Making Video Look like Film, 1st Edition
By Jonathan Kemp

Publisher: Routledge
210 pages | 16 Color Illus. | 102 B/W Illus.

Film on Video: A Practical Guide to Making Video Look like Film is an accessible guide to making video captured on a camcorder, DSLR camera, smartphone, action camera or cinema camera look like it was shot on motion-picture celluloid film. 

Chapter by chapter, Jonathan Kemp introduces the reader to a key characteristic of celluloid film, explains the historical and practical reasons why it exists, before providing a simplified method for best replicating that characteristic on a digital camera. The book includes various practical exercises throughout that are designed to underline the takeaway principles of each chapter and features case studies on specific cameras including the Sony NX5 Camcorder, Canon 5D Mk IV, Canon 4000D, iPhone X, GoPro Hero 6, Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K and Canon C200.

Ideal for students studying film and media production and filmmaking newcomers who want to get up to speed quickly, this is an indispensable guide to how the numerous settings on a digital camera can be used to create footage that more closely resembles the film ‘look’.


‘If, like many digital filmmakers, you aspire to work which has an aesthetic and production value approaching that of the analogue ideal, you will be delighted to find within this concise blueprint a detailed description of every tool and technique you could possibly need.’
-Stephen Gordon, Senior Lecturer in Film Production Technology, Birmingham City University

Table of Contents

Frame rate
Motion blur
Depth of field
Camera tools
Dynamic range
Image plane
Aspect ratio
Cinematic post-production
Camera case studies
The rules

About the Author

Jonathan Kemp is a Lecturer in Media Production at the University of Central Lancashire and an award-winning short film maker. His first short film Michael won an award at the 'Unchosen' charity film competition and screened at the Raindance Film Festival in 2015. To see his work, visit

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