Yes more Noir! Here is a book review (in video form) on one of my favorite items from my bookshelf. The Art of Noir: The Posters And Graphics From The Classic Era Of Film Noir is by San Francisco’s “Czar of Noir” author Eddie Muller. This large format book rightly provides a cinematic experience. The reproductions are stunning. Unlike many books that sit on the shelf forever untouched after they are read, I constantly revisit The Art of Noir for use as a movie guide or just to appreciate a film I have seen illustrated in poster form.
Since I do shoot with digital (and film) cameras, I won’t say anything about the advertising of Hollywood’s current films being as digitally manipulated as the movies they are selling. It would be refreshing to see some newer movies illustrated in pen and ink again instead of PhotoShop. Yes this might hurt a few photographers and most likely many digital retouchers. However this change could inspire new poster collectors, create new income for hired artists, and provide additional revenue to studios through poster sales. All they have to do is hire the right artists to make some killer pieces. Photographers will still get hired for pre production needs. Coincidently the modern day movie trailer should be exterminated! Many great movies are now unfortunately packaged with horrible trailers. I would show up late, but I prefer to get a good seat. At home, I hit fast forward. By the way, white cheddar popcorn from Trader Joe’s is highly addictive!
Song: “I Can’t Hardly Stand It” by The Cramps. R.I.P. Lux Interior
About this video:
• Camera set on 6 frames per second for two minute intervals.
• 720 images captured for the final video (and with each attempt)
• 509 images were used in the final video
• video = 1 min 29 seconds
• It took 5 attempts over 2 days to get the motion correct in both camera and in image editing
• 1.5 bags of popcorn were consumed
• 4 pots of coffee and too many hours were spent testing Quicktime compression options.
• Over 3,600 images were shot for this little project.