For the final part of the class my radio show group and I have decided to continue on as a group for the remainder of the year. Our group will consist of Stella Vaughn, Blair Morgan, Michael Bretton, Jack Sadler, and myself, Billy Steel. We worked really well together for both the radio show and the video episode that we are finishing up this week, and I am confident that we will continue to be successful working as a group. I’m excited to get started with them again!
For the film design portion of noir106 this week I chose to watch The Big Lebowski. After watching, I can definitely say that was one of the weirdest movies I have ever seen. On a more specific note, it definitely wasn’t a prototypical noir film. However, it did contain many elements of theme and design that are very noir. Many of the scenes took place at night, and the cityscape was very decrepit and derelict. The setting was Los Angeles in the early 90’s, but it was a rather run-down part of LA, whose features included a dirty bowling alley in a vacant lot, and a crummy, unkept apartment. The spacious design of the landscape gave an abandoned, neglected vibe that I thought characterized film noir very well. The elements of dilapidation and disrepair that were rampant in the film transcend time and place, and contributed to the somber mood. They were exemplified in objects such as The Dude’s rusted-out old car, and his overall hygiene and appearance, but they are elements that can be seen in many different works of noir. Overall, the design elements in The Big Lebowski embody themes of bleakness, menace, alienation, and desperation that are common in film noir.
This week I began thinking and brainstorming potential ideas for my upcoming radio show assignment. Nothing I am thinking about right now is final, but I do have some loosely developed ideas. I think it could be cool to do a noir-themed talk show. On this talk show we would have discussions and analysis of noir works, both old and new. We would have noir trivia contests that listeners could call in and participate in. We would bring on a new guest each show that has experience in film noir, or other genres. We would talk about recent stories and works of noir. We could do any combination of these things, or any other things as well. I think a talk show format could be a good idea for my radio show, but I will have to think about it more over the coming weeks.