Posts Tagged ‘noir’

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Asleep with the Angels in Theatres!

March 11, 2010

Here in Los Angeles, the El Cid has a short film night on the first Wednesday of the month. Guess who’s screening in April!

Here’s the details:
Wednesday, April 7
El Cid Theater
4212 Sunset Blvd.
Silver Lake, CA 90029
http://www.elcidla.com

7:00 p.m. – Cocktail/Dinner Hour
8:00 p.m. – Program Begins
$8 cover

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Big Noir News Coming Soon!

March 2, 2010

Watch this space.

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Asleep With the Angels, Version… Whatever

May 27, 2009

I have no idea what number cut this is, but whatever.  Enjoy!

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Revisions

April 9, 2009

I revised the script again.  Basically, I rewrote the flashbacks that happen late in the movie, when Shooter is bleeding to death.  They never really worked, especially the one where Angel and Archie are sitting in Shooter’s back seat.  It was supposed to show Shooter going crazy, but no one ever got it.

So, I combined that with Angel bleeding to death, which plays much better, I think.  I changed the location of the gambling scene, because Curt told me about a more appropriate place that was available.

Lastly, I wrote a whole new scene where Archie introduces Shooter to Angel.  I like it, I think, because it shows a different aspect of Angel and Shooter’s relationship.

I’ll upload it later today, so you can read it yourself.

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Color or Black & White?

January 29, 2009

Humphrey Bogart, in the iMaltese Falcon/i

Humphrey Bogart, in the Maltese Falcon

When I describe this short to people, the first thing they ask is, “Are you going to shoot it in black and white?”

Short answer: No.

Long answer: Is your perception of an entire genre of film narrowed down to the film stock they used?

First of all, I’m shooting this on HD, which is cheaper than film (though still not cheap). I won’t have to actually make this decision until post production.  I grant you, this is not necessarily the most responsible view to take.  Certain colors and designs look better (or worse) depending on whether they’re filmed in black and white or color.

Another factor is the simple fact that I’m colorblind.

Yup, that looks like a 21 to me.

Yup, that looks like a "21" to me.

Surprisingly, I have been complimented on the color schemes of my films on more than one occasion.  I suspect this is due to my trying to mimic reality, and failing in interesting ways.  (I drew so many brown trees when I was a kid, my teachers thought I was depressed.)

Lastly, and most importantly, noir was always a present-tense genre.  The thrillers of the 30s and 40s were set in the 30s and 40s.  The black-and-white photography was due to the technical and budgetary limitations of the time.  (Most of these movies were cheap programmers.)  The starkness of the film came from the characters and the story, not from the lack of color.

My goal is not to create a pastiche of movies I like, but rather to emulate their attitude and process in the present style.

In 2009, that means shooting in color, on HD, and distributing it on the internet.