The second exercise in a cinematography course was to develop a stock script based on a specific genre. We were all given the same dialogue to work with and then chose a genre of film in which to frame the story. My group selected film noir and decided to develop the story and lighting style to fit a 1940s style detective drama.
Based on this choice, we used hard light with plenty of contrast and shadows. We also chose to present the story in black and white. This meant we had to be careful to separate the shapes of the characters from the background. I’m not certain we achieved this consistently, but we were able to produce several stylized, high contrast shots that used the shadows well. I realize that generic styles can be utilized to visually familiarize the audience with the story, but they should also be used with different degrees of subtlety and harshness.
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