Monday, 23 September 2013

What is Film Noir? - LIGHTING

Film Noir is not easily defined, although it comes from French and means “Black Cinema.” It started off in France during post-war years that the term was used to describe a certain set of Hollywood films that featured a darkness that no one had seen before. Some argue that film noir is a genre while others see it as more of a mood or tone in the film or a visual style. 

Although Film Noir cannot only be defined by the characteristics in the film. This being because even though there are certain traits that are present in many films they are not always necessarily in all of them.
Many of the films during the 1930s and early 1940s were propaganda-type films that were designed to cheer people's bleak outlook during the hard times of depression and World War II.

Most classic film noir movies were low or modestly budgeted, and low on film company equipment such as lighting. This usually meant they had to make due with what they had and therefore became very inventive, especially in terms with the lighting.
The lighting is sometimes either stark dark or light contraists as are the dramatic shadowing effects known also as the Chiaroscuro style.

Chiaroscuro - A style of light and dark patterning that from renassiance painting. One notable scene is the shadows of the blinds on the wall or across the face of the characters in the movie or photo.

Another type of film noir imaging is silhouetting of the characters against a light background such as in theThe Big Combo.
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