Wednesday (4/13/11) 9:31pm - ... wherein Peter writes some notes about Murder, My Sweet.
The noir cast has been watching noir movies lately, to prepare for the noir show. I finished watching Murder, My Sweet 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.
Whoa -- major in medias res opening
Followed by a big flashback.
If we did that, it'd lead to bridging.
Seems like a lot of the character-endowing stuff with VO, we can do with monologues.
Again, we guys need to occasionally imagine ourselves playing characters with pencil moustaches and ascots.
Something we haven't done yet: arranging a tense meeting to trade money/captives/information.
I hope we can do something where we knock out the protagonist for no apparent reason.
This is the first one I've seen that actually uses traditional "noir VO".
I like the move of having the cop make an accusation that is obviously demonstrably false, and makes no sense given the facts thus far.
Lady reporters = awesome! Why haven't we included any reporters so far?
Remember that our protagonists can be incredibly lucky.
They can ask random-ass questions that actually get real answers
They can call people out on a 'lie' they've told, and be right
Sort of 'endowing the lie in reverse'.
Possible stage trick: somebody looks at a photo; other performers 'recreate' the photo on a separate part of the stage.
I like how they bring in Amthor.
Right after they say he's nowhere to be found, the guy shows up.
We could probably pattern off of this as a "jump and justify" in the noir show.
Hinting vaguely at a character's past = always fun
Offering cash to get the hero 'off the case' = also fun
Basically, we need to be unafraid of the question, "But why the hell would *that
I like the notion of two seemingly unrelated threads revealing a shared origin.
We really need a lot more osculus interruptus in this show.
This requires slowly going for the kiss more often
It also requires the offstage folks being ready with interruptions
Sarcasm under pressure = always fun.
Surprise "jump and justify" connections between apparently-disconnected storylines = also fun.
Try to re-use words against people in an argument.
I like having the hero clearly (to us) lie to get information.
You can always escalate a conflict via physical violence
Huh -- could we do a crazy, drugged-out dream sequence in this show?
I like how everybody assumes the hero is completely venal.
If he has any principles, he keeps very stumm about them.
As an investigator, never be at a loss for your next step.
You *always* have a running theory of what happened.
... even if it's obviously wrong.
... and that *always* informs your next move.
I am 100% completely lost by the plot.
We could have more accusations of lying in this show.
And I think if you get accused of lying, the best you can do is to "yes and" it.
(Does this allow for initial "I'm not lying!" protestations before admitting it?)
If the protagonist has a crazy explanation for the plot...