Film Noir and Dramatic Lighting Workshop

Tuesday 10th October at Kelham Hall and Country Park, Newark, NG23 5QX

10.30am until 3.30pm

Film noir, (French: “dark film”) style of filmmaking characterised by such elements as cynical heroes, stark lighting effects, frequent use of flashbacks, intricate plots, and an underlying existentialist philosophy.

On this workshop, we're going to teach you how to use your own flash to create old style "Film Noir" and also some Hollywood Lighting.

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This dramatic lighting  was seen in early examples of the noir style include dark, stylized detective films such as

John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon (1941),

Frank Tuttle’s This Gun for Hire (1942),

Otto Preminger’s Laura (1944),

and Edward Dmytryk’s Murder, My Sweet (1944).

The isolation from society of the typical noir hero was underscored by the use of stark high-contrast lighting—the most notable visual feature of film noir

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Banned in occupied countries during the war, these films became available throughout Europe beginning in 1946. French cineastes admired them for their cold, cynical characters and dark, brooding style, and they afforded the films effusive praise in French journals such as Cahiers du cinéma.

French critics coined the term "Film Noir" in reference to the low-keyed lighting used to enhance these dramas stylistically

We start at ten where we are going to build a set looking very 40/50' style american office window where the subject is very agitated and drinks hard and shoots fast.  Smoking... 

We then break for Lunch and then we have Mrs X, why will be in her 50's underwear looking very Chic and sexy awaiting her lover... 

We'll also do some simple window shots where it has rained and she's making love hearts on the glass.

We then break for afternoon refreshments and then I go through the post production side of the shoot, showing you how to get that full dark Film noir effect .

10.00am until 4.00pm refreshments provided Lunch not included £79.00

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