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The Ultimate Chinatown Filming Location Map of Los Angeles

Want to tour the sites of Chinatown? LA Curbed mapped out the shooting locations from this classic piece of LA noir. Roman Polanski’s Chinatown is the essential Los Angeles film for just about anybody who isn’t a science fiction obsessive (Blade Runner), a thirtysomething woman (Clueless), or an asshole (Swingers). For all the movies Hollywood has Read MoreRead More

Crime Jazz: How Miles Davis, Count Basie & Other Jazz Legends Provided the Soundtrack for Noir Films & TV

Film Noir is an unmistakable genre yet also incredibly difficult one to define. Beyond the visual chiaroscuro images, Noir can best be invoked through music – the hard bop sounds of 1950s jazz from Miles Davis that came to define urban cool.   When we think of film noir, we tend to think of a Read MoreRead More

Raymond Chandler’s secret cameo in Double Indemnity (1944)

Raymond Chandler’s, uncredited and unnoticed, cameo in Double Indemnity went unnoticed for 60 years until it was discovered in 2009 by a French cinema historian and two US crime-writers almost simultaneously. American crime scribe Raymond Chandler, whose seven completed novels, including The Big Sleep, Farewell My Lovely and The Long Goodbye profoundly changed crime fiction Read MoreRead More

3 Basic DIY Techniques for Shooting Better Film Noir

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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Ultimate Filmmakers Guide to Film Noir

Film Noir… black film. The genre conjures up images of private eyes and femme fatales – of obtuse shadows and smokey night clubs. The endless night. It’s a style and genre – but what is it? In this guide we hope to shed some light on what exactly does Film Noir refer to, how it has been used and how it’s being shaped even in contemporary films.Read More

Film Noir – 4 Minute Film School

Are you a fan of the darker movies? Do Batman, Touch of Evil, Sin City, and The Maltese Falcon make you pee your pants (You don’t pee your pants while watching your favorite movies!?!…well…yea…me neither)? Learn how to get that look with the right lighting, writing, and tons of other great tips. Even if you Read MoreRead More