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Film Noir - Picture 3 of 5

This is picture #3 of 5 from my "Film Noir" Shooting. My intention was to make 5 pictures which look like screenshots from a Film Noir movie, telling a short story.

The complete series can be found in my Film Noir Album


This photo shooting required a bit more planning than my usual shootings. After doing some basic research to find out how to achieve the Film Noir look, my first step was to write a very short script describing the story. This was followed by sketches of all 5 picures and a moodboard. Next task was to find the appropriate locations and get the permissions to use them for the shooting. Finally the team had to be assembled, costumes had to be organized and a number of smaller problems had to be solved (from where do I get water to wetten the street? From where do I get electricity for the fog machine? ...)


About the "Film Noir" genre (source: Wikipedia, read full article):


Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. Hollywood's classic film noir period is generally regarded as stretching from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. Film noir of this era is associated with a low-key black-and-white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography. Many of the prototypical stories and much of the attitude of classic noir derive from the hardboiled school of crime fiction that emerged in the United States during the Depression.




Models: Marko Koder & Melanie Jopp

Makeup & Hair Artist: Janine Zabel

Assistants: Joost & Sven

Foto & postprocessing: Mandragor


Camera: Nikon D90 with Tamron 17-50mm/f2,8 lense

Location: Frankfurt & Offenbach / Germany

Strobe: Hensel Porty Flashes

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Taken on June 1, 2011