Noir meets reality

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter (Ben James)

Hey all. This is a quick analysis on the transition of the Tales of The Black Freighter comic that features in the Watchmen graphic novel to the big screen version and how they fit it in with the main feature.

 

 

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE2Wsp6bEVc A segment from the film’s animated counterpart, Tales of The Black Freighter.]

 

 When looking at the transition from the comic within the comic to the animated piece, it seems to be an easier transition than it would be for the rest of the book with having animated it. Despite that I’m not quite sure what to make of the animation, as I quite liked the animation style of it but it didn’t bring that discomfort I felt when reading the comic version, which to me felt intentional.

I think the clever thing about having made The Tales of the Black Freighter is that when they made the director’s cut of the film, they managed to fit the segments of the animated film into the main film itself to match the graphic novel. I think that this was a rather interesting move and it was actually an interesting take on filmmaking. This is something that we wanted to do as a team in Johnny Noir, though instead of an animated piece we used comics to illustrate the event of Charles death.

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