How to Get That Cinematic Feel in Adobe Premiere Pro

There are multiple components to post-production and one of these is to make your film look as polished as it possibly can. Here we are going to show you some of the best methods and tips to get that cinematic finish.

The correct frame rate

Slow the frame rate right down.

Firstly, you need to look to slow the frame rate down. You’ve more than likely recorded between 100-200fps.

By taking it down around 60%-65% it gives you a slow, encapsulating slow-motion feel to your shot. To do this in Adobe Premiere Pro simply go to the clip, right-click and go to modify clip.

Then select the “interpret footage” column and click on “assume this frame rate”. You can now change this to around 24-32 fps. 

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A cinematic crop

We love a cinematic crop at iFilmThings. Your footage with instantly go from Blair Witch snotty and shaken footage to Fast and the Furious 1,2,3,4… (oh, I give up). in seconds. Well, it won’t, but it will give you a MASSIVE improvement in quality.

You want to crop at around: 2.35:1.

This is the ratio all the Hollywood and big independent films are shown in. This combined with a slower fps rate will add to the cinematic feel. Now all you need to do is add some warm colouring to your footage and you’ve hit the filmmakers holy grail.

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Colouring your footage

You want to add a bit of warmth to the image, you can do this by adding an adjustment layer and placing this over the entire length of the individual clip. Then click onto the Lumetri colour dropdown and look at the settings. We advise using the filters that will help with the tone of the scene. E.g (the above image) we suggest using the temperature tab and adding a bit of orange to the white balance to warm the footage up.

The background music.

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This is essential. Go on watch a clip with the footage… what do you think? Now add some eerie music to it. This makes a huge difference to the footage. The right combination of music and subtle colour correction is imperative to the movie captivating your audience.

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Jay Neill is the founder, owner, and managing editor of iFilmThings and believes everyone should have access to the film resources they need to plan their filmmaking project, which is why he’s dedicated iFilmThings to helping all filmmakers.

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