With only a few days to go till the FilmmakerIQ film noir video contest (September 23rd, 2010), John Hess covers three basic DIY techniques to help you shoot better Film Noir: including simple DIY lights (and why work lights are evil), cookies, and some basic color grading.

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Jeff

Good video. Thanks!

numballover

Good video. I have a light kit, but I’ve actually been using it less and less. Instead I’m using those clamp lights with CFLs. Obviously, that doesn’t make sense for this tutorial since they are too diffused to get good shadows…but it just goes to show you that you can get some incredibly good light (that I find superior to a pro kit in some cases).

Also cookie=cucoloris

Timothy Santana

Thanks so much for the tip on Shadows! I’ve been struggling with that for awhile.

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