Film Noir shoot with Thorsten ….


A few weeks ago Thorsten suggested we do shoot in the style of a 1940’s black and white film. The term film noir, French for “black film”, first applied to Hollywood films by French critic Nino Frank in 1946, but the name took until the 1970s to catch on in the American cinema. Whether film noir qualifies as a distinct genre is a matter of ongoing debate among scholars.

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Chiaroscuro (Italian for light-dark) in art is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition.   As a big fan of painters like Caravaggio, Velázquez, Vermeer and Rembrandt I used the concept of Chiaroscuro for lighting this project.

Film noir encompasses a range of plots: the central figure may be a private eye (The Big Sleep), a plain-clothes policeman (The Big Heat), an aging boxer (The Set-Up), a hapless grifter (Night and the City), a law-abiding citizen lured into a life of crime (Gun Crazy), or simply a victim of circumstance (D.O.A.). Using these ideas as a motivation I set about planing the lighting. Most of the shoot was done using honeycomb filters on beauty dishes and barn doors to control the exact fall of the light.  We added a small amount of rim and hair lighting as needed to accentuate any contours that need to be highlighted in the darkness.

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Finding the models was actually the easiest part of this whole project. Heike had already contacted me about doing a retro style shoot, and I cant do a retro shoot with out KAT. Kat also bought along Andi Red Neck to mix things up a bit. Once we had the basic look working we added a smoke machine or Venetian blinds.

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Andi Red Neck

Post-production was simply a matter of converting all the images to Black and White first, then adjusting the  slider in light-room to get the exact look (in some cases a vignette was added)

white sliders in mavericksThe basic slider in Lightroom

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2 Responses to 'Film Noir shoot with Thorsten ….'

  1. Marco says:

    Hatte einen schönen Film in dem Stil gesehen.. Scott Du bist immer ein Schritt voraus 🙂 Kompliment!

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