Low Budget Filmmaking
Making Video Look Like Film with LUTs
Digital Video is the de facto capture medium for almost all productions these days. The cost, ease and immediacy are all significant factors that make it so appealing. The visual aesthetic of film is the ultimate goal for many filmmakers and there are many methods, on every budget, that can be used to achieve it.
I still shoot a lot of narrative work with the Canon 5DMKII and I know the camera inside out. I know its strengths and weaknesses but ultimately love the full frame look it delivers and its ease of use. My main picture style has been VisionColor for its gorgeous skin tones and VisionTech for its lifted blacks that retain color info for later grading. I wanted to try out VisionColor’s new LUT package ‘OSIRIS’. I bought OSIRIS to test out the 9 film stock and color emulations it offers. To my eye, they are very cinematic and organic feeling.
In my test, I wanted to try something different. I shot with the Canon 5DMKII and a Nikon 85mm f1.4 AIS manual lens. I aimed my shot down the California Incline which connects Santa Monica to the Pacific Coast Highway. I set the focus about 5 feet in front of me so the cars would come into focus as they approached and passed the lens. The background of PCH and the Pacific Ocean are blurry so I could marinate in the OSIRIS LUTs and just feel them as opposed to trying to nitpick them. At the end of the day…OSIRIS feels very filmic to me and I know I will using these LUTs on upcoming projects.
I used OSIRIS directly in Adobe Premiere Pro CC to apply the LUTs.
It works in just about every NLE and FX software.
Kudos to VisionColor! Check out my test video below:
Until next time…