Watch The 'L.A. Noir' Behind The Scenes Video

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Watch The 'L.A. Noir' Behind The Scenes Video
December 10, 2016

An unusual video project accompanies this year’s Great Performers photo portfolio. These nine black-and-white films, written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (with two by Ami Canaan Mann), let the viewer inhabit a scene opposite some of Hollywood’s greatest actors, all in a series of classic film-noir scenarios. The action takes place in a dimly lit bar — an enveloping, 360-degree set, with all wiring and lights cleverly built into the scene. And in each short drama, the V.R. camera plays the role of a major character: The stars were instructed to play their scenes with the camera, speaking to it, singing to it, walking around it in circles, firing a gun at it.

 

The result is strange and thrilling, a new sort of moviegoing experience that puts you right inside the frame. This was each actor’s first time performing in V.R., and it took some getting used to. But there was one advantage over traditional filmmaking. Unlike a typical film set, which is full of crew members and equipment and other distractions, the V.R. set, once the scene began, became a closed, immersive fantasy: just a bar, a few actors and the single camera rig standing in for one last character — which is to say, you.

 

–JAKE SILVERSTEIN

 

You can watch the video on NY Times.

 

 

CREDITS

 

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY

Gina Prince-Bythewood

 

 

“KILLER” AND “BOOKIE” WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY

Ami Canaan Mann

 

 

DIRECTOR OF VIRTUAL REALITY

Armando McIntyre-Kirwin

 

 

MUSIC BY

Terence Blanchard

 

 

PRODUCED BY

The New York Times Magazine and MILK(vr)

 

 

PRODUCERS

Kathy Ryan, Christine Walsh, Jenna Pirog, Kaitlyn Fong

 

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Jake Silverstein, Andy Wright, Tyson Pilcher

 

 

EDITOR

Livio Sanchez

 

 

CINEMATOGRAPHER

Santiago Gonzalez

 

 

VIRTUAL REALITY SOUND DESIGN AND VIRTUAL REALITY MIX

Dražen Bošnjak

 

 

STARRING

Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, Krisha Fairchild, Royalty Hightower, Sasha Lane, Ruth Negga, Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart; Appearing together: Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes

 

 

DESIGN DIRECTOR

Gail Bichler

 

 

ART DIRECTOR

Matt Willey

 

 

LETTERING

Luke Lucas

 

 

WEB PRODUCTION

Linsey Fields, Matt Ruby, Jeannie Choi, Kyle Ligman

 

 

1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Bashir Taylor

 

 

PRODUCTION COORDINATORS

Nick Batchelder, Rosie Torres, Luis Perozo, Karen Hanley

 

 

2ND ASSISTANT DIRECTORS

Gara Clark, Aubrey Lee Glover

 

 

GAFFER

Alberto Alonso

 

 

KEY GRIP

Derrick Armand

 

 

BEST BOY GRIPS

Adam Sheedy, Scott Parent

 

 

GRIPS

Jeremy Ochoa, Rick Peebles, Shun Goldin, Ricky Rosales, Mike Carter

 

 

BEST BOY ELECTRICS

Kevin Gray, Greg Ledwig

 

 

ELECTRICIANS

Justin McMahan, Rob McKay, Brian "Scarlet" Hickman, Mark Durling

 

 

LEAD VIRTUAL REALITY CAMERA TECH

Jordan Ritz

 

 

VIRTUAL REALITY CAMERA TECH

Nick Vanhecke

 

 

VIRTUAL REALITY DIT

Tyler Sturgulewski

 

 

SOUND RECORDIST

Fred Helm

 

 

PRODUCTION DESIGNER

Geoff Flint

 

 

SET DECORATOR

Marisa Collins

 

 

SET ART DIRECTOR

Drew Wootten

 

 

SET DRESSERS

Tyler Stone, Colby Berlin Henkins, Spencer Reynaud, Allen Commish Singh, Todd Super, Jessup Luedke

 

 

ART ASSISTANTS

Jake Kingsbury, Ashley Yellin, Garrett Wright, Mike Morin, Ryan Pautsch, Giuseppe Wright, Matthew Leland

 

 

POOL TECH

Sal Butera

 

 

ARMORER

Clay Van Sickle

 

 

CONSTRUCTION COORDINATOR

J.P. Gutierrez

 

 

SET CONSTRUCTION

Last Stop Props and Scenic

 

 

COSTUME DESIGNER

Callan Stokes

 

 

WARDROBE ASSISTANTS

Gabriel Marrazzo, Avalon Petersen

 

 

DIRECTOR’S ASSISTANTS

Solange Morales, Larrina Ellison

 

 

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS

Emma Debany, Pete Carlin, Nicole Prokes, Spencer Tortorici, Danielle DeMatteo, Harry Buerkle, Lakisha Hines, Jennifer Mendoza

 

 

ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY

Terence Blanchard

 

 

RECORDED AT

Over the Garage Recording Studio - New Orleans, Lousiana

 

 

MUSIC SUPERVISOR

Jabari Ali

 

 

MUSIC COORDINATOR

Maronda "Lyric" T'Pring

 

 

MUSIC CLEARANCE

Deborah Mannis-Gardner/DMG Clearances

 

 

MUSIC FEATURED IN "EX-LOVER"

"Fool of Me" performed by Chrissy Depauw, written by Frederick Peno and Me'Shell NdegéOcello, produced by Chris Hanebutt for Musicians Ego. Under special license by Paragon Film Music.

 

 

MUSIC FEATURED IN "FIANCÉ"

"Payin' No Care" performed by Glenn Crytzer & His Syncopators, written by Glenn Crytzer, Glenn Crytzer & His Syncopators appear courtesy of Ledbetter Entertainment. Under license by Ford Music Services.

 

 

MUSIC FEATURED IN "GIRLFRIEND"

"Got The Feeling" performed and written by Jack Trombey. Jack Trombey appears courtesy of De Wolfe Music USA. Under license by Ford Music Services.

 

 

MUSIC FEATURED IN "BOOKIE"

"Kelli's Number" performed by U.S. Army Blues. Licensed under a Public Domain Mark 1.0 License.

 

 

POSTPRODUCTION EDITORIAL SERVICES

Cause & Affect Media

 

 

EXECUTIVE POSTPRODUCERS

Livio Sanchez, Vanessa Roth

 

 

POSTPRODUCER

Devorah Palladino

 

 

ASSISTANT EDITOR

Tyler Sturgulewski

 

 

VIRTUAL REALITY SOUND PRODUCTION

Q Department® in association with Mach1™, Virtual-Reality Mix Powered by Mach1™

 

 

Q DEPARTMENT TEAM

Jacqueline Bošnjak, Heather Lee MacFarlane, Dylan Marcus, Alex Mitchell, Zack Rice, Will Rosati, Jean Baptiste Saint-Pol

 

 

STEREO VIRTUAL REALITY POSTPRODUCTION

3DPaint/FX

 

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Thomas Polson

 

 

PRODUCER

Shelley Andagan

 

 

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Elaine Kelley

 

 

LEAD COMPOSITOR

David Miller III

 

 

SENIOR COMPOSITOR

Maximilian Funke

 

 

COMPOSITORS

Dwight Angelito, Jessica Grimshaw

 

 

COLOR BY

Velem

 

 

COLORIST

Arianna Shining Star Pane

 

 

HAIR

Cheadle: Quan Pierce. Fairchild: Giovanni Giuliano. Lane: Jakob Sherwood. Negga: Vernon Francois. Portman: Adir Abergel. Stewart: Bridget Brager.

 

 

MAKEUP

Cheadle: Eric Ferrell. Fairchild: Red Phallon. Lane: Samuel Paul. Negga: Melanie Inglessis. Portman: Jo Baker. Portman (manicurist) Ashlie Johnson. Stewart: Beau Nelson.

 

 

GROOMING

Affleck: Barbara Guillaume. Hibbert, Hightower, Sanders: Red Phallon. Rhodes: Aliana Moss.

 

 

BACKGROUND HAIR AND MAKEUP

Jackie Gideon

 

 

BACKGROUND TALENT

Patricia “DeAnna” Hubbard, Brittani Zonker, Casey Thomas Brown, Anthony Q. Williams, Tyler Sturgulewski, Spencer Tortorici, Sharena Walker, Sean Marlon Newcombe, Sarai Addai, Sam Krumrine, Robert McBride, Pete Carlin, Patrick Caberty, Norma Burgess, Maxi Witrak, Mark Madison, Maire-Rose Pike, Larrina Ellison, Kenneth A. Dickason, Ken W. Murphy, Kelsey Jackson, Keith Weidner, Jonathan Rivas, Johnnie Johnson III, Joel Sutton, Jason Posey, J Ferguson, Gregory Phillips, Frank L. Jones Jr., Ethan Crenshaw, Emma Debany, David Kurtz, Conley Patillo, Clay Rasmussen, Chrissy DePauw, Camren Turner, Cameron Davis, Avalon Petersen, Ashley Locco, Andrea Sixtos, Amy Shu, Alex Jones, Anthony Wemyss

 

 

VOICEOVER NARRATION IN "REPORTER"

David Lohrstorfer

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Varun Shetty, Julia Hamilton Trost, Lian Chang, Jessica Northrop

 

 

MINI DOC DIRECTOR / DPS

Alexandre Themistocleous, Daniel Guevara

 

 

MINI DOC 1ST ACS

Miguel De Leon, Adam Kryzer

 

 

MINI DOC SOUND RECORDISTS

Clay Rasmussen, Victoria Carrillo

 

 

MINI DOC EDITOR

EmaLee Arroyo-Mahdavi

 

 

BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOGRAPHER

Alexandre Jaras

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