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There are a lot of things you have to do to achieve a film look. One thing that I think is over rated and not completely necessary is 24p. So when you look into purchasing a new camera with “film look” in mind, look for a camera that offers that. Make sure the camera can natively shoot 24p though. I recently read somewhere that not all cameras natively record 24p even though the manufacturer says it records 24p. If you can’t find one that natively shoots 24p, then don’t sweat it. I feel it’s not a big deal. Shoot the standard 60i (30fps).
Make sure your camera natively shoots 16:9 as well. A lot of cameras say they shoot 16:9, but it’s not native 16:9. What it’s doing is squeezing and distorting the image to achieve the 16:9 look…that degrades quality. So make sure the camera natively shoots 16:9.
Next, look into getting a 35mm lens adapter. These allow you to attach lenses from 35mm SLR cameras. Using these types of lenses give you the shallow depth you see in films. I think this is more important that 24p. Some manufacturers of 35mm adapters are the Redrock M2, SGPro, and Letus35.
You already have magic bullet. My friend uses that with great success, and if you use that properly, that will get you closer to the film look.
When you’re shooting, use a dolly more often than zooming. Light your scenes with more shadows too. Basically, watch a movie with the sound off and do what they do.
As far as firewire capturing…this does not degrade your video. DV and HDV have data streams of 25mbps, which can be handled by firewire without the need of compression. So, you’re friend is wrong.