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A STUDY ON


I wanted to make this little „Supercut“ video about film grain, so we can analyze film grain first before trying to replicate it. A small excerpt from the film is enough to analyze the grain, and that’s what this video is all about. In detail, I have selected steady shots, mostly filmed on a tripod and I also tried to find scenes where we can observe highlights, midtones, shadows and skin tones.

Halation is a characteristic of celluloid film when a bright light bounces back a few times exposing the film a second time only affecting the red layer (and a bit of the green layer) of the film resulting in a reddish/orange glow. The Halation tint may be different based on white balance adjustments / color grading.

Here are some stills from movies and TV shows with lens characteristics like chromatic aberration, lens distortion and Petzval field curvature.

A study of color in film.