Noir meets reality

Archive for March, 2013

Citizen Kane research report ( Phil Hampson)

Interesting trailer that introduces all of the characters comically, with Orson Welles speaking over the visuals. Most of the footage doesn’t appear to be part of the film.

(Could we do a similar trailer for Johnny noir?)

Very Stylistic opening titles (we need to recreate them)


 Music: Very dramatic, jazzy ‘over the top’ music. Music is almost constant, very rarely stops. Almost marching band style music (we need to find music similar to this)


Language and narration: Narrator is very loud and clear speaking (we don’t want Johnny’s narration to be broad and loud but it needs to be very clear)

Language of narration is very classical and has a strong vocabulary

Characters have very exaggerated accents.

Overall language is almost poetic


Camera: Minimal camera movement. Lots of fading out scenes. Some dolly movement. Lots of medium close ups( centre of chest-above head) very fuzzy and distorted visuals.( we need to keep to this style for the noir, the reality needs to completely juxtapose this)


Clothing men: high trousers, suits, slick back hair, hats, top hats bowler hats and more. Suspenders. Trench coats/ over coats. Waist coats, bow ties/ neck ties.


Clothing women: short or tied up hairstyles, big pearl necklaces, white pearl earrings. Fluffy scarfs, sparkly dress and jewelry, long dresses. Long gloves.


Lighting: mostly back lit, quite dark closer to the camera. Faces are very brightly lit.


Sound: constant static, most characters talk clearly and loud.


Citizen Kane trailer

Heres the trailer for Citizen Kane. I feel it would be interesting to parody this for Johnny Noir:




Noir Lighting (Roz Dean)

This video had some good examples of Noir, I found the background information to the style of Noir very useful too. This video highlighted the importance of silhouette in Noir, given the opportunity I’d like to  place some silhouettes in Johnny Noir. I will be combing through the script to see where this would be possible.

Film Noir Techniques (Roz Dean)

Although the acting is questionable, this video has some great lighting techniques for the Noir style. I will definitely be asking the director if he’d want the characters lit with their personality in mind. As the Arri lights have barn doors, I will be able to experiment with some of these techniques.

Lighting a Restaurant (Roz Dean)

Interesting the way light is being bounced off a white ‘ reflector’ to spread an even light on the scene. Maybe this is something I should consider.

Although the scene is Noir I have been requested to achieve even lighting for the scene, with minimal shadows on the actors faces.

Ere mate ark at ee

Cinematographer and Lighting heads should check this book out.

painting with light

Lighting Test 650 (Roz Dean)


So this is the images converted to black and white. My personal favourite is the bottom one ‘spot (on white paper) bounce floor.’ I think bouncing the light defiantly makes for an evenly distribution of light.