Saturday (4/2/11) 3:10pm - ... wherein Peter writes some notes about Touch of Evil.
The noir cast has been watching noir movies lately, to prepare for the noir show. I finished watching Touch of Evil 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.
Ah yes, the famous bomb-tracking shot
Nice way to show the well-to-do interrelated with the criminals
Also intros the characters, in kind of a nondescript way at first
More about intro-ing the setting/world
Good to give us the stand-up law enforcer
We haven't really had that in our stories
Very Good People go into noir stories to get taken down
Ah yes, endangering the leading lady
Ah good, setting up Quinlan via gossip before bringing him in
We haven't really done much like that.
Maybe it feels too plotty to do so.
Do something threatening while discussing something innocuous
(... and, I suppose, vice versa would work too)
Grandi talks about his nightclub while waving a gun around.
Quinlan browbeats even low-status characters who aren't getting in his way
It might be occasionally useful to just imagine that your character has a pencil-thin moustache.
Perhaps all noirs are about some event uncovering some sort of corruption.
Think "the one loose thread that unravels the garment".
In the stories we've done, the event has been "doing a job for a shadowy criminal overlord".
In this film, the event is "figuring out who blew up a car."
Perhaps we could have a larger variety of events?
Race is *really* foregrounded here
I guess we can't really touch that in our show.
We haven't worked out tech for a car radio, have we?
Characters can work off of catchphrases, à la Dickens
Consider how the nightman repeats statements.
I suspect we're not doing enough scenes based around two characters who hate each other.
A two-hander where neither character has a strong
emotional response to the other = not all that noir-ish
I like that they still endow Quinlan as smart.
Accusing the obviously-innocent = fun fun fun.
I like how they put Janet Leigh in jeopardy in the hotel, and just leave her there for a torturous length of time.
I like throwing out a monolog about important personal history.