Noir Film Design

Among the choices of three: Double Indemnity, Blade Runner, or The Big Lebowski, I watched Double Indemnity. In the film, it was really hard to tell the time and the place. Since it is a black and white film, I could know the time by shadow and the streetlight.

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As you can see above pictures, the shape of the built environments can be notice when the scene is taken in the afternoon; however, when it was taken during dark night, you are able to see only the streetlights and the lights from the car.

Almost at the beginning of the sense, the angle of the camera was from top to bottom, which gave me feeling of some gradation rhythm.

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All the desks are same size and placed in repetition rhythm, but because of the angle of the camera, it has gradation rhythm and draw the viewers eyes toward to the back of the room.

Contrast was used to make an actor to be focal point and let the viewers to show emotion more closely.

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It is not totally contrast color, like black and white, but setting the background as dark and gave light only to actor makes him to be focal point and the viewers’ attention in only to his face expression.

There were several film noir elements I found through out this movie.

1. The “Venetian blind” effect

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2. Lighting from one side

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3. Femme fatal

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4. Fog and rain

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