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Creation Film Effects for After Effects is a huge collection of authentic-looking effects for making your footage look like old or damaged film. It comes with 40 film-look presets, so you can just drop in your footage and render out a variety of looks, ranging from the earliest experimental films of the 1800's to a modern day film look.

You can also build your own film look by adding any of the 300 included effects such as textures, color grading, light leaks, film burns, flickers, transitions, intros, outros, vignettes, and more. Effects can be customized with slider controls to get the perfect look.

Watch an example film-look being made!

40 Film-Look Presets

Just drop your footage into the comp, and you'll be ready to export any of 40 unique film looks, all modeled after actual old and damaged films.

300 Film Effects

Most effects can be applied to your footage with a simple cut-and-paste action. Effects are customizable with easy-to-use slider controls.

Stock Footage

28 stock footage clips (over 9 minutes) of dust and scratches, light leaks, projector flickers, perforations, film leader countdowns, and more.

Texture Generator

This bonus tool is also sold as a stand-alone template. Create a variety of textures for compositing over your footage and customize their look.

Light Leak Generator

This bonus tool is also sold as a stand-alone template. Create a variety of random, customizable light leaks for compositing over your footage.

Audio Effects

Effects include 15 audio clips of running film projectors and cameras. Add them to your film look to add to the realism.

Undending Comps

Effects are powered by complex expressions, allowing for unlimited random results, and unlimited comp length.

Video Tutorial

Written instructions and helpful notes are found throughout the template. An HD video tutorial provides detailed demonstrations.

Old Film Effects
Film-Look Presets Video

Film-Look Presets

Showcases the 40 presets. Template users can reference this video to select a preset for their project.

8min 04sec

Creation Film Effects Tutorial


Walks you through building a quick film-look, and explains what you need to know to use the Creation Film Effects template.

21min 39sec

  • Compatible with Adobe After Effects versions CS3 and above (including CC).
  • No plug-ins used.
  • Comps are in HD, 1920x1080.
  • Creation Film Effects has been "universalized", which means the expressions have been modified to make the template compatible with other languages. If you are running After Effects in a language other than English, you will get full functionality.
  • Music and footage placeholders (footage of family) in preview video not included.
  • Comp lengths are 5 minutes, and can be extended to any length. Just extend the effects layers to the length of your video.
  • The individual effects in this template are combined to form complex, realistic film-looks (Presets). Since each effect adds a little bit to the render time, the Preset render times are significant. The presets are ideal for short clips/scenes. If you were planning on rendering a whole film with a preset, you're going to have a bad time!
  • File size: 723 MB. This is a large file so please allow yourself enough time for downloading.

Creation Film Effects is not a plugin. It is an Adobe After Effects project file, commonly known as a "template" because the work is already done and the user needs only to insert their footage and make their own adjustments. This template is compatible with version CS3 as well as all later versions of After Effects. In addition to this site, you can purchase the Creation Film Effects template on and (but this site has the best price!).

A copy of the template should be made with each new project. Since this is not a plugin, it won't reset itself when you re-open After Effects. Never change something in the original template and then save it, or information will be lost. You can find instructions for using the Creation Film Effects template on the help page.

Because Creation Film Effects contains copyrighted intellectual property in the form of its code, the sharing or online posting of project files with or for anyone other than a client is prohibited. See the Terms of Use for more details.

Positive and/or negative feedback is appreciated. Use the contact page to send me a message.

Old Film Effects Images

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