After Effects – Simulating 8mm Film

I recently borrowed my dad’s old Nikon SLR and bought myself some 35mm film. I haven’t finished the film yet thus haven’t got them developed to post. The whole analog thing got me thinking about trying to shoot some video on film too. I looked into it and it was going to be super expensive by the time I’d bought a Super8 Camera, a projector, a reel of film and had it developed. So I set out on After Effects to recreate the effect.

The footage above is the result I came up with.
I started with some old footage my friend Ellie shot for her Coursework. It was part of a film trailer and stars my mate Joss.

I then set out looking for an overlay which I found in one of tutorials I stumbled across.
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/old_film_look/
Project files and all the relevant steps are in there if you want to give it a shot yourself.

I slowed my footage down by 60% which made it look more like a dodgy film, posterised the time to 18fps to make it more realistically jittery.

The only thing I would do differently would be to render the video at a higher resolution.