Film Noir is a style of movies characterized by low-key lighting, usually in an urban setting, with corrupt or cynical characters. These films were very popular in the 40's and 50's. Famous examples might include "The Maltese Falcon," or "The Big Sleep." A good example of modern film noir would be "Sin City."
Take a photo that represents the film noir style. Black and white is not a necessity but it is strongly recommended in order to properly get the right feel for this contest. Good luck!
Required level: 10+ or higher. Status: finished. Check out the winners below!
karaflazz: G R E A T ! ( 5 years and 1468 days ago )
friiskiwi: sounds like made for you Karaflazz ( 5 years and 1468 days ago )
jawshoewhah: Nice suggestion! ( 5 years and 1468 days ago )
magicsteve: I think people are getting this confused "A film / movie characterized by low-key lighting, a bleak urban setting, and corrupt, cynical or desperate characters" It's not about inanimate objects in a studio on a black background. It needs to be people, in the city shot in a moody b&w style ( 5 years and 1468 days ago )
adeincyprus: agreed......... ( 5 years and 1467 days ago )
jawshoewhah: Ew, I hate agreeing with you but... agreed.... ( 5 years and 1467 days ago )
locksmagic: Hey everybody, there are only about three entries that fit this theme right now! Webster's definition is this "a type of crime film featuring cynical malevolent characters in a sleazy setting and an ominous atmosphere that is conveyed by shadowy photography and foreboding background music" Just putting up a b&w shot does not make it film noir! First off there has to be people in the shot, and second it can't be everyday looking people, the whole point of this is to emulate a very old style of movie about bad guys. This is a 10+ contest I would think that anyone at this level would know enough to put in a little research and not just pull a nice looking B&W off their hard drive. That being said there are some VERY nice shots but they would be better suited in a different contest. I hope I didn't step on any toes, but this one excited me when I saw it, I thought with it being at this level we would get some very creative staging but so far I'm disappointed by what's come up ( 5 years and 1466 days ago )
Celestial: Just to clarify, locksmagic you stated that "First off there has to be people in the shot, and second it can't be everyday looking people, the whole point of this is to emulate a very old style of movie about bad guys" but the guidelines do not state that there has to be people. I just wanted to point this out because people could become confused by comments and it could effect their voting which isn't fair ( 5 years and 1466 days ago )
locksmagic: True the guidelines dont specifically call for people in the shot, but if the theme of the contest by definition calls for people, then how can you possible argue that there doesn't have to be people in it?! ( 5 years and 1465 days ago )
Celestial: In my opinion you can create the atmosphere without people, maybe we need a moderator to clear this up ( 5 years and 1465 days ago )
jadedink: i am not of the level to submit in this contest, which makes me sad!!! i love the "noir" style...but, in all honesty, in most ways i do agree with locks. although I do not believe that people HAVE to be in the shot. However, if you aren't going to use people, at least use props of the era of film noir. Costuming and set is VERY important on the film noir style. some of these shots..well...as lovely as they are, they aren't quite film noir styling. Black and White is exactly that. black and white. I spent hours the other day going through portfolios online of film noir style photography. there is some amazing inspiration out there if you just look for it! ( 5 years and 1464 days ago )
locksmagic: Ok after seeing "machine-gun kelly" I will concede that a film noir atmosphere can be created with the use of props, BUT, a B&W of the side of a building or a inanimate object that has nothing to do with film noir is not on theme! ( 5 years and 1464 days ago )
kyricom: Actually, the gangster movies of the 30's (Machinegun Kelly) pre-dated film noir ( 5 years and 1464 days ago )
kyricom: Folks, it's not just any picture of people in period costues in black and white. Film noir was generally in the 50's, and conveyed a sinister, pessimistic atmosphere ( 5 years and 1462 days ago )
Contest Moderator: kyricom is right!.it is not just black and white shots, it is a particular period and style we are looking for. ( 5 years and 1462 days ago )
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