Friday, February 18, 2011

LEGO noir: The Maltese Falcon

Even LEGO people love film noir. Here's Sam Spade to prove it! I'm trying to learn how to take photos of my LEGO vignettes using noir lighting and shadows. These are inspired by publicity stills of Humphrey Bogart for The Maltese Falcon (1941). I wish I had time to build elaborate sets for my photo shoots, but right now I am focusing on close-up shots that can be put together and taken down pretty quickly. I'm mostly interested in recreating the lighting, shadows, and general mood. Sadly, it's hard to get a good Bogie hairline on a minifigure, and they definitely need to make a better selection of men's hats for the little guys. Still, I think the pictures came out rather well.