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Film Noir Photography Experience

10th November 2019

Film Noir is one of the most recognisable genres of the 20th Century. Despite growing out of the necessities of low budget production in the explosion of movie making studios after the Second World War, it has stood the test of time and continues to influence many modern film makers in both style and content to this day.

Our Film Noir Photography Experience is an immersive, interactive event that gives you the chance to learn the compositional, lighting and set dressing techniques used in the original Film Noir productions of the late 1940s to mid 1950s in a hugely fun and entertaining way.

Each event has a full script, with professional models playing the characters in an imaginary Film Noir movie and you taking the role of the studio stills photographer, whose job it is to produce the promotional stills for the movie. We have several different scripts with murder mystery and gangster themes like those common to the genre. Our collection of genuine vintage and reproduction props and outfits helps add authenticity to each scene.

Movie director

Our "Ladykillers" script is based around a murder mystery during the making of a Hollywood movie

Gang boss

Our "Helen and the Hitman" script has a gangster theme
The day begins with a studio session from 10am to 1pm, where we shoot all the indoor scenes, using a variety of lighting and set dressing techniques from the early days of Film Noir. We then adjourn for a meal and a break before the evening session outdoors at various locations around Aberdeen, where we look how light was used to maintain the drama in outdoor scenes. As this event finishes late in the evening, the price includes an overnight stay and full breakfast in an hotel.

The studio session starts at 10am sharp in Red Dawn Studio, 73a Leadside Road, Aberdeen, AB25 1RX. The evening locations are at various places around Aberdeen and will vary depending on the script we are using.

Star-crossed lovers

Lovers meeting under the lamp and the moon


In the nick of time, our heroine saves the young cop from being strangled with his own tie

Helen kills the mob boss

Helen breaks free from the mob boss's grip and plunges a letter opener into his heart

The interview

Interview at the Police Station

Discovery of a body

Discovery of a body

Detective interviewing

Detectives interview a star about the murder of a young starlet, whilst her Personal Assistant looks on from behind her magazine

Look behind you

Look behind you

Murder scene photos

Crime scene photos during the interview give our heroine an idea of who may be responsible but the detective is not sure
If you are looking for an exciting, fun way to learn something new in photography, in a laugh-a-minute creative atmosphere with superbly talented models, then this might just be the perfect event for you.

The price for our Film Noir Photography Experience is £475 and includes lunch and a one-night hotel stay with full cooked breakfast.

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