Neo-Noir films are considered to be modern day equivalents of the classic post-war noir films. With noir no longer restricted to black & white film and techniques, film makers began to adapt to the new technology. One of the main developments between the classic noir films and the neo-noir genre is the changes of Hays Code in American Cinema which meant that more graphic violence and sexual scenes were now allowed to be shown on the big screen. Neo noir films are in essence modernised Noir Films, where the modern film noir differs from those produced in the 1940s is the technology within them and the modernization of themes to ensure that it is relatable to current audiences ergo attracting a larger target audience and enabling for greater profit margins for the production and distribution companies. They also different in the ideologies and representations they portray within them as Neo-Noir films tend to be more outward looking in their views.
As a group, we were assigned the task of creating a teaser trailer for an existing film by cutting up the film itself. My role in the group was in charge of cutting up the footage from the film, ordering the sequence and editing the footage. I volunteered for this role as I had had a lot of experience using Premiere Pro and I felt like I’d be able to produce a piece of high quality work whilst developing my basic and more advanced skills on Adobe Premiere Pro. Our group had a really good work ethic and we had great communication between the three of us that not only made all of our lives easier but enabled us to produce a piece of high quality work.
With regards to the skills I used in the production of our teaser trailer, I did not learn very many new techniques or editing styles that I didn’t know how to before but rather developed the skills and techniques I already knew as well as strengthening my basic skills. However, one of the new techniques I learnt how to do was implementing J and L cuts into our sequence. A J cut is where the audio from a following shot overlaps the picture from the previous shot, so that the audio of the later shot starts playing before its picture visually cuts into a new shot. An L cut is the opposite of this and is where the audio from the previous shoot overlaps the picture from the next shot, so that the audio cuts after the picture, and continues playing over the beginning of the next shot. Both these variations of cuts are effective in building tension and are typically used in trailers as they allow for dramatic shots and dramatic audio to be used simultaneously without sacrificing the quality of the piece by having a number of sharp cuts to unrelated shots that would result in the audience being left confused rather than interested in the text in question.
Pictured below is my use of a J cut, as the highlighted video file is where the audio is from, but I had the audio playing over 4 shots prior to the footage that the audio is actually from. In actual fact, this is both a J and an L cut as the audio goes across to another clip of footage after the original shot has been used.
Pictured below is my use of an L cut, as the highlighted footage file is where the audio originates from, but the audio continuous over the next shot after there has been a cut into a new shot.
Pictured below is my use of a change of opacity. Changing the opacity of a shot enables for a number of connotations and effects to be made. For example, having lower opacity allows for shots to play over one another at the same time whilst not being disorientating or confusing as the intensity of the shots have been softened. Having a number of shots going at the same time as a close up of a character, for example, has the effect of creating connotations that the character is mentally unstable, that perhaps they suffer from multiple personality disorder. Our use of a change of opacity is not too dissimilar from this, as we have a shot of our protagonist play over a shot of the road, connoting that although he is focusing on driving his mind is constantly racing and that he is emotionally unstable at that point in time given the circumstances he finds himself in.
Another skill that I enhanced during the production of our teaser trailer was my use of the split tool. The split tool is effective for breaking up footage precisely and including specific parts of footage without having any untidy and out of place frames on the side. Pictured below is my use of the split tool, where I placed another clip between two clips that I split.
To conclude, our group functioned well together, with all of us doing our individual roles to a high level and, as mentioned before, communicating well working well as a team. Our teaser trailer for Locke was marked to be a Level 3 text and I agree with that score. It built up tension as time went on, it had enough exposition to establish some of the plot of the film whilst still leaving narrative enigmas to be solved by watching the film itself and I believe that it appeared almost professional. The only change I would make is maybe have a more advanced main title.