As most of us here, I primarily shoot with digital cameras. Occasionally I get a chance to shoot a project on film.
One thing I still love about film is the traditional film print. The quality of the image is intimate and naturalistic. There is also a distinct quality to the light on the screen, a kind of "3D effect", highlights glow and the blacks are deeper than most digital projectors (with the exception of laser). Colors can be truly gorgeous. For instance, I watched "The Love Witch" and I loved how colors popped off the screen.
I know how to achieve this with traditional printing (e.g. high printer lights, exposing a dense negative, costume design etc.)
However, in most cases, even when I get to shoot on film, I won't be finishising on film. The reasons are obvious: cost, titles, VFX, color grading limitations, most festivals accept only DCP's, general audience can't tell the difference, it doesn't sell more tickets or make the story better, etc.
So if I shoot on film but finish digitally, what are some ways to emulate the look of a traditional print?
One idea I have, but never tried, is to print from the camera negative, then digitally scan that. In other words, scan the print instead of the negative.