Thursday (2/24/11) 3:02pm - ... wherein Peter writes some notes about Kansas City Confidential.
The noir cast has been watching noir movies lately, to prepare for the noir show. I finished watching Kansas City Confidential the other day, and as I watched I took notes about things that might be useful to the show. I figured I'd post my notes.
This is probably not of general interest.
"Casing the joint" shots -- always fun.
Check your watch and take notes while doing so
Chain smoking = win
Loosen tie (etc.) to indicate nerves, fatigue
Often, hiring a guy just isn't simple; requires convincing.
Remember the series of face-slaps.
The masks seem like a neat gimmick. (See also: The Dark Knight.)
Each member of the team has his own weakness.
Cut to the cops!
Cop interrogations; we need to include them.
Good way to dump character exposition about the interogated
Can cut past police-brutality scenes.
*Imply* the really bad violence.
Use "cut to newsboy shouting headline" for recurring exposition.
Giving a low-status character a limp = useful
(or another physical handicap)
Reluctance to give out information = useful
Feels like it's good to leave questions out there because answers might occur to the people watching in the wings.
Everything's always more obvious to the audience.
Probably need to review dicing/craps lingo.
"You've been givin' me the fisheye all night."
<slap> "That's to teach you manners!"
Keep trying different strategies to get information.
Eventually, we decide one of them really does work
And that infoms us about the interrogated person.
Cigarette vending machines
Feeling paranoid while nearby cops go about their business.
It's like this turns into trippy game theory after a while
Which, I suppose, lurks in the background of lots of noirs
Remember that we can hit double-entendres harder than any modern flick does.
"What's a vacation without souvenirs?"
Yay, lady going to law school!
So this sort of thing is novel, but not unheard-of.
Still, it might feel 'off' to the improv audience?
Yay, souvenir salesgirl being really seductive!
This may be the first overtly sexy show I've been involved in since One More Night.
Uneasy alliances-of-convenience are useful.
If there is a romance where both partners seem sane, create some external reason why it's a Very Bad Idea.
e.g., the dame turns out to be the daughter of the crime boss you're trying to take down.
You can reveal it ahead of time, or bring in the betrayal after.
I'll be amused if we can manage a poolside scene.
We can't be afraid of protracted silences, especially in ominous/tense/violent scenes.
Fistfights seem less overblown; more realistic.
Definitely need to offer to take someone on "a nice, quiet walk"
If we introduce an innocent character whom the audience likes, we need to take them into very dangerous scenarios.
"I'm gonna make like a father."
Don't forget about family relationships.
"You gave Harris the double-shuffle."
Always appeal to greed, when possible.
Grapple-fight to aim the gun to/away from your head = useful.
The good guy is corrupted at the end.
Doing something illegal for the noblest possible reasons, but still something bad.
It feels like a by-the-numbers happy ending, yet undercut with a future based on really big lies.