How do I make my video look like film?

A few years ago this was a very hard question to answer, but today, it’s pretty easy. Get a DSLR or a digital cinema camera, set your frame rate to 24p, open up your aperture (make you f-number as small as it’ll go), and you’re over half way there. If you can apply some dramatic lighting, you’re pretty much done. There are lots of tools that’ll add that bit of extra polish (like realistic looking film grain), but when most people think of the cheap video look from 1990s era COPS, it’s deep depth of field and interlacing that they’re imagining.