Hello I am a new member to these forums. I am a student shooting a documentary as my thesis film. We intended to shoot on film, but cost was an obstacle we could not overcome. As such, we are resigned to shooting the film digitally.
However, we do not like the look of modern HD digital cameras (5D, 7D, EX1, etc). We do however like the look of some of the 'Dogme 95' ruleset films, which were shot on very early video cameras of the mid-90s/early-2000s.
Examples include (among others):
- The Celebration (Sony DCR-PC3)
- Julien Donkey-Boy (Canon XL-1)
- The Idiots (Sony DCR-VX1000)
I noticed these movies looked more like film than video. They are not as sharp, sterile. They have a softer look that reminds me more of super 8mm or 16mm film. Did these filmmakers do anything special with these cameras (with lens choices, post production tricks, etc) to achieve these looks? Is this just the look those old video cameras had?