three Fundamental DIY Lighting Tactics for shooting much better Film Noir


John Hess delivers 3 basic techniques for shooting better film noir. For more information about the history of film noir check out: The Ultimate Filmmaker’s Guide to Film Noir: For more information about color channels and B&W joint the discussion here:
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  1. depelated

    Those clamp lights have a max wattage of 300W. I suggest using the clamp lamps with a max of 150W but have much better clamps. Use multiple and DIY diffuse with paper or parchment paper and also purchase color balanced compact fluorescent bulbs to get a better DIY package.

  2. oscarjm

    this is great!! why the low views…this should be seen by all interested in film lighting 🙂

  3. wilk8121

    Ok thanks

  4. JohnPHess

    Yes- you’ll have more control that way

  5. wilk8121

    A question: should I record my film in color and then change it to black and white in post.production ?
    It’s a film noir, and yes, it will be in black and white.

  6. SimplyCookingWithSue

    They go by the name “heat lamp” often for use with iguanas. But even a bare socket can be used to good effect.

  7. chubbykipper

    Very interesting tutorial. You make a good argument against worklights, you explain your opinion practically. Having no budget myself, my lighting options are definitely on the cheap side. However, in the UK, as others have mentioned, those clamp lamps are hard to get hold of. Do they have a specific name? Would make finding them easier! Many thanks, great vid.

  8. LucidDreamTricks

    Great tutorial, the clamp light tip and vertical bulb filament tip are solid gold.

    If you expand on this tutorial I think giving info about shallow depth of field in film noir would really add on to it. I haven’t seen a film noir tutorial on youtube that mentions DOF and I think that the films look a little unfinished when everything is in focus.

  9. FilmmakerIQcom

    – had someone ask about those lamps in the UK… they’re very rare in Europe but you can find them any hardware store in the USA.

    You may be able to find them in the pet aisle being sold as a heating lamp or heat lamp.

  10. malignanz

    really nice video. i’ve been looking for those reflector clamp lamps and i couldnt find them here in Germany. do these have any special names? do you maybe have any suggestions where to look for em?

  11. shadowblackmagic

    lol. i’ll get started on the invitations. Keep up the good videos, these lighting tips are a very valuable to me.

  12. FilmmakerIQcom

    I would call it Low Key DIY lighting. And I would totally be up for it.

  13. shadowblackmagic

    What would you call that light setup you had? I’ve been searching for it, but not too sure what you would call it. Im very interested in getting some! thanks for the awesome video by the way! id totally marry you! xD

  14. FilmmakerIQcom

    I haven’t gotten into Magic Bullet – I’m interested in their colorista product.

  15. JacobSheppard

    A great AE plugin for color correction, is magic bullet’s look suit, (which I think has a new name now, but you can find it by searching that name). I use it a lot, and love it. It even has some perfect presets that give a great noir look.

  16. CharmingNewSociety

    Excellent tutorial.


    cool… working in hd now… Sweet

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