First Filming Shoot

shooting-schedule

Click the link above to see our groups shooting schedule, this shows our various scenes that were filmed at different times.

On Monday 21st February our group started to film in the centre of Warwick, the damp and wet rainy weather worked to our advantage as it added to the ambiance of our Film Noir setting.

Today we went out to begin filming our opening. We met in Warwick at 12am and then went on from there deciding specifically where to film. We all had idea’s of where would be good to film so we explored the different area’s and finally decided on shooting in a specific street.

Responsibilies:

Tom – Bringing the camera, tripod and gun.

Emily– Bringing woman’s costume, (skirt, heels, coat) and the folder with all the information we needed, (Storyboard, camera shots, props list, script.) I also had to make sure one of our actors were up to date with where to meet etc.

Myself – Bringing the hat and the skateboard.

Responsibilies:

Tom – Bringing the camera, tripod and gun.

Emily– Bringing woman’s costume, (skirt, heels, coat) and the folder with all the information we needed, (Storyboard, camera shots, props list, script.) I also had to make sure one of our actors were up to date with where to meet etc.

Myself – Bringing the hat and the skateboard.

We managed to get the majority of our filming done in one day, despite the cold, wet weather. As well as Tom agreeing to go home and look at all the footage we shot and decide whether more filming would need to be done.

Improvements:

To save our group time we had to search for the right place to film a couple of us could have gone before the day of shooting to find somewhere to film. This saved us some time as well as us being more prepared. Also I don’t think our group did enough shots of the frames from different angles but to make a final decision on this we would have to look through what film we have got and begin to make up the sequence to see if we need any more. Also I think that we should have took it in turns more to practise using the camera because I don’t think it was shared out fairly.

The first location is a small building/apartment of where our main female character walks out, she is seen clutching her jacket tightly to her body while she is wearing a shirt and tights with black stileto heels to emulate the feeling of the Film Noir category.

 The image above shows the female character walking out of the building, clutching her coat tightly as she tries to keep her actions to herself. While the other picture shows her back as she walk up the street.

The female character carries on walking down towards this alleyway still clutching onto her coat as she feels nervous where she will be met with her stalker, at the end of the alley. While the stalker waits leaning against a wall for his victim to appear 

 The female victim appears out from the alleyway where she is stunned by the apperance of  the stalker who continuosly watches her as she walks up the road. 

  

As she continues to walk up the street the stalker carries on to follow her which can be seen within the photo as she is oblivious to his presence, as he becomes increasingly closer and closer towards her. While the camera has a medium close up of her face as she continues to walk down the street.

      The camera also changes to a POV shot from the stalker as they continue to walk up the street

The female victims footsteps become faster and quicker as she starts to hear the other footsteps as do the stalkers feet as he starts to follow her up the same street. The camera changes to a low angle shot as it follows the pace of their footsteps become increasingly faster.

   

The victim suddenly looks behind her to see the stalker following her which causes her to start running as the stalker speeds up as she carries on to run

     

She carries on running down another alleyway further up the street where she cuts down to escape from him. He catches up with her down the alleyway grabbing her arm, before there is a slight struggle with him before she hits his hat off which has so far covered his identity. Which the young woman vicitm recognises and her face is in shock to see someone that she knows commiting such a crime. There is a slight bused staring  before she kicks him and runs off down the alleyway.

    

 After she has started to run the stalker pulls out a gun from his coat aiming it up the alleyway in her direction. Before eventually pulling the trigger, in the lenses of the camera as if the audience are the victim being shot.

     

We had the stalker point the gun at the camera lense as it would produce the feeling that we are the vitim as the screen produces a dark black screen to add the feel that the audience had just been shot. After this black screen the credits before changing to the next scene. Within the images below, you can see how we angles the camera to have the gun pointing at the camera to give the feel thats it the audience that has been shot.

     

Film Questionnaires

Media Questionnaire

1. Have you ever watched any of the following films?

ChinaTown                                                     Se7en

Pulp Fiction                                                   Sin City

Blade Runner                                                Usual Suspects

Heat                                                                  Snatch

for question 1 answers varied from Pulp Fiction, Bladerunner, Sin City and Snatch

 

2. If you saw a black and white film on television, would you assume it was an old film?

Yes                                                    No

All participants answered yes, to this question giving the stereotypical view that they only view this genre in black and white.

3. In you opinion, how is a detective portrayed?

Answers varied from: wearing a suit and a long coat, posh. long coat and hat someone who is quite mysterious and often has some issues. To be smartly dressed, to be a good guy who saves the day. Looking at the results from the bar chart it seems that most people on average gave an answer that they see a detective wearing a long coat and a suit. 

4. How would you expect a seductive, misleading woman who charms her lovers into dangerous situations to dress?

 In a red and black dress with quite alot of make up. To be very attractive with long flowing hair. A black dress, not necessarily short but with a slit up the leg with high heels and bright red lipstick.

5. How would you expect a person to act after killing someone?

 They would act quite guilty and have nervouis atributes, to be in shock to be standing or sitting in disbelief either running and shutting themselves away from the world. Acting quite jumpy around others. To be secretive and coy, nerous and evasive.

6. In what location would you find a murder investigation to take place?

 A city similar to London or New York, to be at a house party of some sort, to take place within an alleyway

7. How would you expect a detective to dress?

 Wearing a long coat and a hat, wearing a brown coat to be wearing a Mack coat and hat as in a ‘B’ Movie

8. How would you expect a stalker to act without being too obvious?

 Very threatening and violent, to walk normally but take evasive action so as not to be spotted, to act as normal as possible, perhaps keep head down and to keep distance from people. To be shady, scary.

9. How would you expect a victim of being stalked to act?

 Scared, Worried, suspicious, looking over shoulder constantly, accelerated pace over time, nervous,frightened and vunerable.

10. In a chase scene between a stalker and his victim. What sound effects would be the most effective?

Heavy Breathing                                                                A Narrative

Fast Pace Music                                                                  Footsteps

Looking at the graph music seemed to be the most popular choice ti be used within our production piece, which we will highly consider when editing our piece later on.

Treatment Plans for Film

Here is our group treatment of the basic plans of what our film will consist of.

Movie Plot

The film is within the genre of Film Noir, a genre which was very popular during the 40s and 50s. But doesn’t see many releases nowadays. Only a few revivals have seen release which really take conventions from Film Noir. e.g. Sin City. The death of a young girl sparks a gritty investigation headed by Detective Spade and his sidekick Detective Gittes. The case sparks twists and turns resulting in a shock ending.

Opening Sequence

The film opens with a deserted street. The street is partially lit by street lamps. We focus in on a female character. She is alone. She passes an elongated shadow leaning against the wall but takes no interest in him. As she continues her journey she begins to get the feeling she is being followed but every time she looks back, there’s no one there. She goes off screen past an alleyway whilst the figure follows. Screams are heard as the female character escapes with partially to imply an attempted rape. We then see the shadow of a hand hoist up a pistol and fire. We then cut to the movies opening title sequence introducing the cast and crew. We then fade into a stairway, as a character walks up and enters a room, he converses with Detective Spade about the murder, before agreeing to take the case.

Characters

We have a set of characters which commonly fit what is expected of character archetypes in typical Film Noirs. For example our main character is Detective Spade. A hard-boiled, alcoholic, anti-hero cop. We also have a damsel in distress archetype whom appears towards the beginning of the film ultimately leading to her death and transcending into the film’s main premise. We also have a mysterious figure whose face is never seen to help create tension.

Key Scenes

(1) Opening Scene – The Murder

(2) Detective Spade accepts the case

(3) Suspects begin to pile up

(4) Detective Spade meets the Femme Fatale

(5) An Assassination attempt is made on Spade

(6) Detective Spade uncovers the murderer

(7) Chase scene

(8) Gun-fight between Spade and the killer.

Why this movie will be a success

We as a group believe that this project will be a success because Film Noir is a genre that has lasted a long time and has seen different transformations. For example we’ve seen the genre expand into Tech-noir with movies like Blade Runner and The Terminator. Whilst neo-noir films like The Usual Suspects and Se7en pay homage and take particular conventions from the old classics. We think audiences will be interested at taking a look at how the roots of the genre came about and enjoy unique visuals looks of Film Noir which give the films genuine character and atmosphere back in the 1940s and 50s.

Stages for Production

Treatment/Proposal

  • Treatment-Written
  • Proposal-Verbal
  • Research into forms and conventions

Storyboards (Technical Codes with the narrative)

  • Questionnaires-purpose identify what engages the audiences intrest via locations
  • Characters representation

Questionnaire/possible questions about 20 copies

  • What the detective look like?
  • What he wears/sounds like?
  • What the femme fatale would look like?
  • What would she look like/what would she wear?

The purpose of the questionnaire

  • Building a sense for the audience
  • Audience can identify the aspect
  • The clothing and behaviour of the characters
  • Where would the characters be found the places they hang around

Alleyway scene/Alturnate Script for the office scene

 

Key:

Italics: Narration

Brackets: Actions from characters

A woman walks nervously out of an apartment into the street where the street lamps shone brightly in the night. Wrapping herself tight in her coat for security she begins to wonder down the street.

Woman: (clutches her coat tightly around herself while nervously fiddling with the buttons on her coat.)

As she passes a small, narrow alley way she is surprised to see a dark hooded figure emerge from nowhere and leans against a nearby wall. Startling the women, she bumps into him

Woman: “Oh sorry, didn’t see you there.”

The man arrogantly ignores her apology and blows a puff of smoke from his pipe in her face. After being appalled by his horrible behaviour she walked away trying to calm her nerves after the shock of bumping into him.

(The sound of footsteps emerge from the silence of the street)

Beginning to feel paranoid that she is being followed she stops and checks behind her, however no one was there. She begins to walk again but as she begins to hear footsteps again her paranoia increases, as does her pace.

(The sound of footsteps gets louder above the natural noises of the street)

Woman: (swiftly turns around to check again)

As she turns her eye catches a dark figure in the distance acting suspicious. Getting slightly freaked out the woman turns and rushes to the end of the street where she turns a corner and begins to run. After turning another corner she stops to catch her breath not long after she peers around the corner to see if she can see the figure, however there is no one there. Thinking she had lost him, she turns around to continue walking when out of nowhere the same figure steps out in front of her standing tall and intimidating.

Woman: (Looks up at the figure’s face, shocked to see him stand in front of her)

Man: (Forcefully grabs the women’s arm and shoves her into a nearby alley way)

Woman: “Hey! What are you doing? Get off me! (She struggles to try and escape the man’s tight grip on her arm) You’re hurting me! Please get off! (Tries to scream.)

The man viciously covers her mouth with his dirty, scrawny hands to stop her from screaming. His face was covered by the shadows of his hat and all that was visible was his chin. Nothing is visible but the darkness of the alley way and the sounds of struggle from the woman.

Woman: (She yanks off his hat to reveal the face that had been hidden underneath his face. Shocked by who she saw she bites the finger covering her mouth and him and runs out of the alley way.)

She scans the street for help as she staggers down the road to find a safe place to hide. She was barely half way down the road when the unknown figure emerges from the shadows.

Man: (Draws a pistol from his jacket pocket and raises his arm.)

The shadow of the man’s arm remains on the side of a wall before pulling the trigger.

Cuts to credits

The scene opens with a medium close up the camera slowing scanning across the table seeing past case papers/folders of photos and newspaper articles of his glory days of when he was a successful detective. The camera continues to slowly scan over the table until it reaches up to detective Spade looking at the tipped over bottle and the tumbler glass next to his hand, before slowly rising up to see him sprawled over the table. There is a sudden knock at the door, as we hear Jims voice calling out his name through the door. The camera eventually starts to focus up on the door as the audience see Jim enter the room.

The scene opens with a medium close up the camera slowing scanning across the table seeing past case papers/folders of photos and newspaper articles of his glory days of when he was a successful detective. The camera continues to slowly scan over the table until it reaches up to detective Spade looking at the tipped over bottle and the tumbler glass next to his hand, before slowly rising up to see him sprawled over the table. There is a sudden knock at the door, as we hear Jims voice calling out his name through the door. The camera eventually starts to focus up on the door as the audience see Jim enter the room.

Key Office Scene

Speaking parts

Stage directions

(Medium close up of Jim’s Face)

Jim: How you doing Spade?

(hear a slight groan from the table while the camera is still focusing on Jim)

Jim: oh can’t be that bad surely (Jim walks over to the window violently opening the blinds)

Spade:  (no reply all we hear is groaning)

The camera see jim turns around looking confused as he sees all of the papers. The light illuminates over the table lighting up all of the papers over the table. Jim walks towards the table sliding the papers and past case folders to one side. The camera changes to a POV shot as the camera scans over the table seeing the past photos underneath, with the recent newspaper articles of ‘Detective Spade: Hero to Zero’

Jim: (the camera changes to medium close up, while he whispers under his breath) or maybe it is

Jim: Spade what’s with all the papers?

There is no reply from Spade as the camera pans over to Spade as he leans up from the table

Jim: I have a new case that’s if you are interested? (we see Jim drop the folder on the table infront of spade) what do you say re-live the glory days

Spade: (shouting at Jim) No! no, I done, done with all of this (he reaches for the half empty tumbler)

Spade: you want to know why I have kept all of these papers?

Camera pans to a POV shot from Spade) We see Jim with a disconcerting look on his face

Spade: To remind me never to go back to that.

Jim: please just take a look at it I think that might just meet your fancy.

We see Jim slide the paper closer to Spade who looks longingly at the folder while sipping out of the tumbler.

Jim: (begging) please, you are the only one who can help with this case.

Spade slowly reaches for the folder dragging it over the various pieces of paper, gradually turning over the first page. While Jim waits with anticipation

Spade: Interesting. (alarmed tone to his voice) She’s a politician’s daughter?

Jim desperately nods his head in Spades direction.

Jim: believe me Spade if you want to get back into the detective business this one is gonna blow it out the water (as he points his finger at the case folder) The rates are good for this case…

Spade again looks down at the folder then at the tumbler

Spade: I guess so, you… you really believe that this can get me back into business?

We see jim nod his head slowly

Jim: so what do you say Spade are you ready to make history? Are you in?

We see spade slam down the tumbler glass

Spade: Yeah… I’m in. (cuts to darkness)

First Production Storyboard for Film Noir Piece

This storyboard is the first draft starting point for our production, it can be altered and changed in anyway but this is just the basic foundations of what our piece may be structured.

Storyboard

Frame 1: Woman leaving apartment

Actions: The woman walks out of an apartment acting suspicious, wrapping herself in her coat for security. She’s very alert and jumpy and acting as though she has done something wrong and is trying to hide it.

Camera shots:  

  • Wide shot- location
  • Medium close up – body language, face expression
  • Medium long shot – her beginning to walk off

Sound/Music:

  • Footsteps of her heels
  • Natural street sounds

Frame 2: Woman passing man

Actions: The woman bumps into a dark hooded figure, smoking a pipe, who emerges from the darkness and leans against a wall of a street corner. The woman seems a little taken back but apologizes and continues to walk down the street.

Camera shots:

  • Wide shot – location, characters
  • Close up – man’s shadowed face, women’s face expressions
  • Tracking shot – women walking

Dialogue:  Women: “Oh sorry.” (Man puffs smoke in her face)

Frame 3: Woman looking behind

Actions: As the woman walks down the street she begins to get paranoid that she is being followed as she hears footsteps, so she speeds up her walking pace. The woman then hears the footsteps getting louder (closer) so she stops and looks behind her, to find no one there, so she continues to walk slowly, getting faster and she begins to creep herself out after hearing noises.

Camera shots:

  • Point of view shot – showing what she see
  • Mid shot – the figure behind her
  • Close up – man’s feet/ woman’s feet

Sound/Music:

  • Footsteps
  • Street cat

Frame 4: Woman running

Actions: The woman turns around and see’s a figure acting suspicious and not very far away from her. So she turns a corner and speeds up her pace which turns in to a run.

Camera shots:

  • Shaky camera – running (point of view of women & man)
  • Close up – feet running (women & man)

Sound/Music:

  • Footsteps
  • Music getting louder and tense/mysterious
  • Heavy breathing

Frame 5: The alley way

Actions: The woman turns another corner and stops to catch her breath, she peers around the corner to see if she could see the figure but there’s no sign. As she turns around the dark figure then steps out in front of the woman after taking a short cut and pushes her into an alley way. All that is visible in the frame is the darkness of the alley way.

Camera shots:

  • Point of view shot – woman looking around the corner
  • Close up – woman’s face
  • Medium long shot – darkness of the alley way
  • Medium close up/ 2 shot – women turning into the man

Sound/Music:

  • Heavy breathing – woman
  • Screams

Frame 6: The shadow of the killer

Actions: The women struggles to get away from him but manages it, and runs out of the alley way. The man then steps out of the alley way and pulls out his pistol and shoots the women, leaving her lying in the street. (Don’t actually see the man shoot the women, you see his shadow.)

Camera shots:

  • Medium close up – shadow of the man shooting the woman
  • Medium long shot of the alley way

Sound/Music:

  • Tense music – violins
  • Screams
  • Struggling noises
  • Gunshot – breaks music sequence

Frame 7: Credits

Actions: Credits run through slowly then fade into the detective scene

Camera shots:

Sound/Music:

  • Mysterious music

Frame 8: Body discovered

Actions:  A man is walking up the stairs and enters a darkly lit room where a figure is sitting at a desk.

Camera shots:

  • Low angle tracking – up the stairs
  • Medium long shot – detective in the office

Dialogue:

Detective Spade: How you doing Jim?

Jim: It’s all good, you, you still in business?

Detective Spade: Just about… not as many cases to work on these days.

Jim: Well I got a little case that might just meet your fancy.

Detective Spade: Interesting. She was a politician’s daughter.

Jim: The rates are good for this case…

Detective Spade: I guess so.

Jim: So… are you in?

Detective Spade: Yeah… i’m in.

Production Planning of our Film Noir piece

After discussing in our group we have put togther a plan of the cast, props needed, costumes and various locations for the certain frames to be shot.

The film is within the genre of Film Noir, a genre which was very popular during the 40s and 50s. But doesn’t see many releases nowadays. Only a few revivals have seen release which really take conventions from Film Noir. e.g. Sin City. The death of a young girl sparks a gritty investigation headed by Detective Spade and his sidekick Detective Gittes. The case sparks twists and turns resulting in a shock ending.

Opening Sequence

The film opens with a deserted street. The street is partially lit by street lamps. We focus in on a female character. She is alone. She passes an elongated shadow leaning against the wall but takes no interest in him. As she continues her journey she begins to get the feeling she is being followed but every time she looks back, there’s no one there. She goes off screen past an alleyway whilst the figure follows. Screams are heard as the female character escapes with partially to imply an attempted rape. We then see the shadow of a hand hoist up a pistol and fire. We then cut to the movies opening title sequence introducing the cast and crew. We then fade into a stairway, as a character walks up and enters a room, he converses with Detective Spade about the murder, before agreeing to take the case.

Characters

We have a set of characters which commonly fit what is expected of character archetypes in typical Film Noirs. For example our main character is Detective Spade. A hard-boiled, alcoholic, anti-hero cop. We also have a damsel in distress archetype whom appears towards the beginning of the film ultimately leading to her death and transcending into the film’s main premise. We also have a mysterious figure whose face is never seen to help create tension.

Planning

Cast:

  • Women – Emily
  • Stalker –Adam
  • Detective Spade – Fraser
  • Jim – Tom

Props:

  • Small, handheld pistol
  • Pipe
  • Empty alcohol bottle
  • Empty cup
  • Pack of cigarettes
  • Hat on the desk
  • Pens & pencils on the desk

Costumes:

  • Stalker – trench coat, hat, suit
  • Women – blouse, long skirt, coat
  • Detective – suit – shirt and tie.
  • Jim – suit –  shirt and tie

Key Scenes

  •  Opening Scene – The Murder
  •  Detective Spade accepts the case
  • Suspects begin to pile up
  • Detective Spade meets the Femme Fatale
  • An Assassination attempt is made on Spade
  • Detective Spade uncovers the murderer
  • Chase scene
  • Gun-fight between Spade and the killer.

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