Filmmaking Tutorial: Create a Film Noir Look
Nothing drips with atmosphere quite like film noir. Learn how to create a stark low-key film noir look in this helpful video tutorial.
Identified by high contrast and emotional dialogue, film noir is an iconic style that can be used to add a level of retro-drama to your project. However, the style is very different from what one might call modern three-point film lighting.
Instead of soft lighting, Film Noir is characterized by very direct harsh lighting. In the following tutorial, filmmaker Tom Antos will show us how to create a film noir effect using a single light source. The tutorial covers:
- One-Point Lighting
- Creating Cookies
- Flagging Lights
- Desaturating Footage in Post
- Selective Color Effects
In this filmmaking tutorial, Mr. Antos uses Premiere Pro to achieve his film noir style effect. However, you can use any popular NLE to get a similar look.
This video was first shared by Tom Antos. Thanks for sharing, Tom!
Want to learn more about lighting your film? Check out a few of the following posts:
- Add Drama to Your Lighting Setup with Negative Fill
- Softer than Softboxes: How to Create Book Lighting
- Lighting Tips for Film Noir
Have any tips for creating a moody film noir style effect? Share in the comments below.