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January 28th, 2011

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Friday, January 28th, 2011 09:50 am
With a working camera, we were able to return to work on Identity Functions late in 2002. The original inspiration was a documentary [livejournal.com profile] spinnerin_ftw and I watched on the history of film noir, followed by several weeks of binging on the classics of the genre. I was particularly interested in the shooting techniques which helped define the look. There was a combination of smaller, more portable cameras, film crews who had learned making fast turnaround war-time era news reels, and low budgets which encouraged some very iconic framing. (Such as both actors facing the camera, yet talking to each other. Single take == cheaper!) Unfortunately, while this all looks super classy on b/w film, it just looks kind of cheap on color video. Because, well, it is cheap. It's just a form of cheap we aren't nostalgic for yet.

Staring [livejournal.com profile] tithonium as Quine, [livejournal.com profile] vixyish as Eve and [livejournal.com profile] cow as Pascal. Music by [livejournal.com profile] spinnerin_ftw again, and it also features the most radical set dressing we ever attempted. One of the walls in Quine's office is entirely fake. I originally wanted an establishing shot with a flashing neon sign outside his window, and was ready to hook up a slowly flashing light on the other side of the fake window to replicate it in the office scenes. But I couldn't find a flashing neon sign of that kind anywhere in Seattle! I drove around for hours looking for one. Must be a city ordinance or something. The only thing close is the giant Bardahl oil sign in Ballard, and that's way too big and not next to a scuzzy looking office building. Oh well.

It is also, arguably, the only time [livejournal.com profile] tithonium is featured in a Midgard Studios movie where we didn't kill him one way or another. (For the record: antimatter blast, universe segfault, ice age exposure/saber tooth tiger, math torture.)

Re-watching it recently, I was amused at how dated the techy jargon I threw in already sounds. "Play me for a newbie", really? That sounds about as natural as "smoke some mary jane" does.

(Sorry for not calling out usernames before. I've been writing these at work on my phone on break.)