House of Noir Getaways Update on the Missing Noir Cat

Good evening to all those reading this post. On behalf of House of Noir Getaways, it is my duty to give you the truth. In response to the accusations of our agency being responsible for the disappearance of Noir Cat, I am here to tell you that these are more than accusations. They are the truth. Noir Cat came into contact with House of Noir Getaways March 27, 2015 through Jeffrey Davidson of our New York office. He specializes in cases with loose ends that need to be tied up; in this particular case, Ms. Black was a loose end as she was having conflicts with Noir Cat. As a result, Davidson had Noir Cat’s past erased; all noir Cat media was erased from weekly videos, Black’s birthday cards and He had Noir Cat’s microchip removed while disabling the Noir Cat tracking app. The flight was booked with Stardust Airlines as she traveled to Belize and was provided residency through Abandon Enterprises. Since then, however, Noir Cat was helped by her new handler, Monica Smith, in her escape to Finland with no assistance by our agency. We have no connection to the recent travels of Noir Cat and Monica. On Monday, my secretary Janelle Pierangelino released a video with all of the Noir Cat sightings captured from our undercover photographer who has been tracking her along this trip. Unfortunately he lost her tracks when she mingled with other black cats resembling her in a small town in Finland. It appears she hired the other cats to distract us and it seems to be have been a successful maneuver. An associate from our agency called Monica Smith and she gave us the current residence Noir Cat is said to be found in as she is healing other animals in Finland with her special abilities. We chose to keep her reasoning for her departure confidential in this press release since we did not want to violate the confidentiality of our client. But we were deceived and led to believe that the previous handler, Maggie Black, was abusive, but we looked into that and found that Noir Cat had been deceitful. Because of this violation, we do not list her as a client and therefore, her case file is now open to the public. Attached is her case file and the press release video from Monday night.

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I offer my sincere apologies to all those who may feel to have been mislead by House of Noir Getaways. We are doing everything we can to bring Noir Cat home so we can close the doors on this mystery.

Take care,

Sebastian Crane

Missing: Noir Cat

Missing: Noir Cat

Just a normal day at the office when House of Noir Getaways received an email from Burtis informing us that Noir Cat is missing. She then asked if we had any knowledge of where Noir Cat was headed or rather, if we aided in her disappearance. This is information we cannot disclose to the public since that is against our confidentiality agreement, but what I can say is that we will do whatever we can to find Noir Cat. Client or no client to House of Noir Getaways, every person, or cat, we will use our traveling services to aid in this search. We do ask that all of noir106 bring us any suspicious cat activity or leads you may have regarding this disappearance so that we solve this issue quick and accordingly. I will be looking for any leads on the West Coast while my colleagues will make their search in various parts of the nation they each occupy. Ladies and gentlemen, we want to bring Noir Cat safely home to Black. Please help us in this search if you have any clues. Our main hotline is Thank you and follow us on our Twitter page @HoN_Getaways to track this case with us. #wheresnoircat #bringnoircathome

-Sebastian Crane


“House of Noir” Episode Trailer and other planning notes

Above is the trailer for Sebastian Crane’s segment in the “House of Noir” episode next week. This trailer is intended to give the audience anticipation for next week since Sebastian will be dealing with a love crisis. I used a quote by Shakespeare: “Journeys end in lovers meeting” and a quote “Love is patient. Love is kind” to show cliches of love that may be knocked down next week. The are placed in italics to refer to how they are cliches or common love quotes. The text “And Cruel” comes after the patient and kind quote in bold, non-italicized letters to place emphasis on them and show their distance from the love quotes. This text continues with the quotes that follow, such as “Who will fall,” “House of Noir,” “See through the eyes of Sebastian Crane,” “Premiere next week.” In the beginning, I had a clip of myself looking happy to show who the love interest is as she is speaking (which will be Sasha Kellogg). There is the sound of a heartbeat to give the notion of love and yet also suspense as we await Sebastian’s answer. The trailer becomes darker when we see the clip of the person (my shoes) walking away in slow motion with Queen’s lyric of “Bohemian Rhapsody playing “Mama just killed a man. Put a gun against his head, Pulled the trigger now he’s dead.” I downloaded this slowed down version of the song since it gave a scary, horror effect to it. These lyrics lead into the title of the show that appears over the smoke and on the word “dead” the screen goes to black. This section of the trailer is meant to make the audience question what will happen to Sebastian or Sasha; would Sasha become violent if she gets a wrong answer? The question “Who will fall” refers to the idea of who will fall in love, or who will fall because of love. This is intended to show that Sebastian sees love as dangerous and cruel and his response may hurt or help Sasha. Also it showcases her as a possible femme fatale or that another femme fatale may make an entrance to wedge between them (which may be Sasha’s twin sister).

For our whole show, I came up with the idea of filming from our character’s perspective, the camera being their eyes. I thought of doing this since my character is male and I clearly am not, so it would be easier to shoot this way and could be very unique in the manner as well. We see what the characters see and this can allow for a strong connection between audience and characters to resonate more. We also decided to go with black and white to create suspense and to make sure there is a cohesive coloring since we have two characters from the past. For my own portion, I plan on writing up a script and I may have to change my voice on the computer for Sebastian’s.

The House of Noir group has plans to meet in person to discuss the show outline in the next few days.

“Get a Clue” Radio Show Response

This was was definitely on point tonight, especially with the script. I can’t say that enough. There are so many quotes I got from this radio show, I didn’t even get to write them all down. Here are some screen shots of some of the quotes and personal thoughts:

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I did like the bumper for the radio show in the beginning with the song “Too Close” playing after many suspenseful noir sounds led into the song. I found this ironic since the main lyric of the song is, “And it feels like I’m too close to love you,” which can allude to the feelings the women had about Lawrence since he ended up getting too close in the end. His narration starting the show was perfect because it introduced all of the female characters/possible suspects. He was really embellished as a downright horrible womanizer when he would have sexual relations with each woman and leave in the morning. Can’t forget how he took their food too and the watch of the one woman’s deceased husband (it was hard for me to keep track of the names of each one to be honest. Too busy writing notes!). The sound effects illustrated how he died at the dinner table, sounds such as him gasping for air and him falling from the chair.  Each woman had their own script and this made them distinct from each other. Even with the constant flashbacks, each character also had sounds associated with their story telling. For example, the diner bells clanging when Lawrence enters is placed in the monologue of the woman he met in the diner. Most seemed to be a femme fatale and the one who had the British accent came off as more innocent, but definitely not naive, especially in how she called Lawrence, “a pathetic piece of a man.” I also wrote down the quote “Men are so gullible it’s almost pathetic,” which I found that a lot of the monologue was very realistic in how women can perceive men. Well done in that department. The monologues were very honest and true to the women who spoke them. They are pieces I would see myself wanting to listen to or even read.

My only issues I really had were how there wasn’t an obvious break to commercials, such as an announcement or repeated sound indicating the end of a segment. It threw me off at some points since I didn’t expect to get to a commercial that quickly after the person spoke. A symbolic sound to the “Get a Clue” station may have helped with this. Also, the Tiffanys commercial was one I didn’t personally understand and I assume it is related to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and I have never seen that ( I am so uncultured, I know). It was too quiet and a bit muffled, which maybe was done to get an old-time effect, but I wasn’t entirely sure. Also I recently came back to this post and thought about how the killer was easy to pick out since their monologue was saved for the end and it became predictable. Next time, have a character or two come back to throw off the audience.

All in all, great concept for a radio show. This was a radio show I was planning on listening to since I always liked playing Clue. Sister loved Monopoly and I was never about that. Clue was the way to go every time. This game fits perfectly with the idea of noir and I am happy you guys utilized it to the full effect. :)


Who Inspired Me

Typically with all of the work I have done so far, I would say that I did not search through others’ work for inspiration. Rather, I came up with everything on my own. But there are a few posts that did stand out among the others and therefore, serve as inspirations to me for future assignments.

1. The first one I will start with is one that inspired a collaborative assignment for this week: The “Mr. Groom Will See You Now” poster by Mia Boleis. It was very well done in how Groom’s face fit perfectly with the poster and it made me laugh too much! I saw this featured on a weekly summary video 2 weeks ago when the teachers were showing the amazing Groom posters. Mia also had a great post along side this creation narrating her process, listing the steps she took in order to make this poster. This post inspired me to make a poster with Kim Roehl for our character collaboration. We made a Titanic themed poster and I’ll have to thank Mia for inspiring me to make a Groom poster. GROOM (1)

2. I remember listening to this audio post and thinking, “wow, what a great idea. Slowing down ‘Drunk in Love’ by 800%.” The person responsible for this great post is from the page (I wasn’t sure who the author was here, but still love this audio post). This person narrated their creative process as well and I saw that they wrote about how time consuming this assignment was, and to me that can show commitment to a task at hand. I never would have imagined this song being slowed down this much and it create a new, ambient version of it that definitely caught my attention. This post made me want to attempt this assignment myself.

3. Brian Goulet had a beautiful set of photos for his photo safari. I never saw anyone post about them and I did not understand why?! He seemed to be using a high quality camera, as the photos were very crisp and beautiful really. He wrote short descriptions for each photo and how it related to an aspect of noir and how he executed each. He definitely has talent and had his own unique take on the safari. Here, I can post the link to his safari and below is one of my favorite shots. It makes great use of lighting and it amazed me to read that he simply did this in his friend’s dorm room with only a few sources of light. Incredible work. I would follow Brian’s photography. ( Light-from-one-side-1024x683


4. Lastly, my last inspire post is dedicated to Janaye Evans. This was an audio assignment that called for a radio commercial using a favorite TV show or a favorite character. She created a radio commercial titled “Abandon,” which was a fictitious company that helps mysterious women disappear, with reference to Carmen San Diego. Her song choice was perfect for this since the title was “Don’t You Want Me,” which was ironic in the way that people want this mysterious woman. Janaye’s script/lines she used worked so well with this and, again, I liked the throwback to Carmen San Diego. That is a character that represents noir in the way she is mysterious and is a sleuth herself. This was such a creative idea for a commercial, or really a company. It is so unique and original as it relates to noir. Here is the link to this lovely commercial:

“The Steadfast Sleuths” Radio Show Response

I absolutely loved this show. It was very well organized and had an interesting plot to it, especially with the whole mystery of what had happened to Sasha Kellogg. Being the creator of Sebastian Crane, I was extremely pleased with how this group utilized my character. He was believable in how he had feelings for Sasha (which I have been planning on writing about or creating a post for in the future! Team Sebasha). The line, “She means a lot to me,” really tapped into Sebastian’s feelings for Sasha he would be afraid to admit to her in person. Even his flashback to the date scene worked really well, especially with how Sasha ran out of the restaurant when she saw someone threatening. I love how this group effectively used my character for this show.

With regards to the sound choices, the twinkling sound used for flashbacks was highly effective. It was perfect in length and it really helped creating a scene from the past. The sounds of the crackling was an instant sound cue to the fire in Sasha’s apartment, so this was well done with how it connected and I could visualize this easily in my mind. With the scene of the twin sister reveal, I liked how there was suspenseful, non diegetic music playing in the background as Sasha is trying to understand what Shannon is proposing. Further into that flashback, the sounds of Shannon attacking Sasha were well placed and allowed me to better see what was happening in the apartment. It was definitely a scary moment! Also the phone call between Sasha and Shelley was realistic in how Sasha’s end was more fuzzy like a real phone call would be.

My biggest note about this show was how well done the acting was! Of all of the shows I have heard so far, this acting was definitely the best of the bunch because of how believable it was. I could see the chemistry working between the members of the group based on how comfortable the acting was. They all responded quickly to one another, like a normal conversation, and the pacing made this work so well (ex. Sasha and Shannon talking in the apartment about the prospect of them being sisters. Flowed very naturally and quickly). This made the story line more intriguing and better to follow along with since the characters were real. I also liked how there was a competition between Kellogg and Mills as cereal brands! Very clever idea. :) This group definitely kept the mystery of noir in their show as to what happened to Sasha and how all the characters connected. I would listen to this again.

PS. That Cocoa Kitties commercial still makes me want to find it at Giant, but then I would remember it’s fictional.

Radio Show Progress Week Two

The second week of the radio show was not full of difficulties. On Tuesday, I was mostly planning out Sebastian’s section of the radio show. I was with the House of Noir radio show group and we each wrote out our portions of the show in a Google doc, which definitely kept us on track for how the order of the show would go. There, we had our scripts and the links to the radio bumpers and commercials we were going to use in the show. We each decided to have our characters focus on a certain topic, more so with the three jerk characters we have. For example, Mariam’s focuses on something career related, yet brings up loss that her character faced in the past when he ignores the first question about loss. Since this is an advice show, I wanted to have Sebastian give his advice about the subject of love, which is something he fears having again. His response is honest in how believes that love can make or break a person. I wrote this as his response to the question, “Do you believe there is someone out there for you,” by a woman named Jenny Pierce:

Sebastian Crane: “Well, Miss Pierce, if I may be frank with you, I believe that love is something that only serves to weaken us and I’m not in a position where I want that at all. Certainly the idea sends the heart fluttering, but for me it’s not to the same effect. Mine…it’s just not the same. (pause) I’ve had love. I have experienced what it’s like to look into a woman’s eyes and feel safe and vulnerable all at once and it’s the scariest feeling in the world—giving your entire self to someone. You pray to God that this person will only give their love to you and it ends up coming down to the question of if you can truly know a person. Science can tell us that we can’t fully understand another human being and their intentions So why bother with love knowing this? It’s something the Shakespearean sonnets tell us thrives with inconceivable joy; It’s written in the words of Robert Frost that go,  “We love the things we love for what they are.” But how can you fully love if you don’t completely know what, or who, they are? Are we just supposed to put down all our walls and unconditionally love someone without knowing if we just leaped off a cliff without a parachute? Look, love isn’t safe or easy and I think you have to risk losing yourself in the madness of it all to be closer to having everything you dream love could be. If someone comes along in the future…well, (more cocky or confident tone compared to lines before) I don’t expect much more than a drink and a kiss goodnight. Right now, I’m content with being with myself, my career, and my family. That’s all that matters to me at this point in my life.”

The following day, I had my best guy friend record himself saying these lines since I wanted to have the male voice for Sebastian to make this more believable. This section recorded made it to about 1:46, so this was where I decided to make this longer by having House of Noir be radio show that has been around since the 1950s. I played as the host of this show that featured Sebastian Crane in 1952. Basically, my section of the group radio show is a flashback portion to the “Jerk of the Past” since this show is the following description (by Janaye Evans):

“Jerks of the past, jerks of the present, and the women who love them. House of Noir is the radio show that takes your questions and answer them in real time. No need to feel embarrassed or ashamed; we are here for you every step of the way. On tonight’s show we have Jeff and Spence, with a special appearance from Melody Bay. Also watch out for our blast from the past tonight, Sebastian Crane, a timeless man whose advice stands the test of time.”

To give my section the appearance of an old radio show, I had the intro be a 1950s jazz song called “Summertime” by Charlie Parker. Next, I had my friend records short responses that I could interact with as the host. Lastly, I wanted to make this section a bit humorous by having the caller be somewhat desperate for Sebastian Crane since she thinks he is dreamy and amazing. I talked to my computer in a high pitched voice, acting like a “fan girl” for Sebastian Crane to make this section more fun to listen to. Honestly, the House of Noir group really loved this idea, so I went for it! The jazz music comes in again when the caller is upset that Sebastian doesn’t want love (or her really) and the host tries to end the show, but the caller comes in again to give Sebastian her number. By his this caller, it can go back to the “…and the women who love them,” statement since this shows one of the effects Sebastian has on women due to his looks, intelligence, and charm.

Here is the section I did for Sebastian:


I will post the entire radio show in the weekly post since we finished it last night as a group. We reached 20 minutes and we worked very well together. I’m very happy with the House of Noir group.

House of Noir: Radio Show Progress

So far, this first week with the radio show work has been pretty fun. We first began by having a group discussion in a Facebook message about what the concept should be and we all felt that an advice show with our characters would work really well. To start thinking of a name for the show, I asked what types of roles does each character fall under. It turns out, 3 of the 4 of us made characters that were “the jerk with a heart of gold” and one was a femme fatale. I was not sure how to make a show name with these character types, but I wrote out some of the ideas I had in mind in the Facebook message: House of Noir, Noirscapes, The Stars of Noir, Golden Hearts and Femme Fatales, Ask Noir, NoirTalk. The whole group agreed upon “House of Noir” and a few days later, we already had all of the designs being sent to the whole group and they were all very creative and tied in with the radio show title. I was not sure how we would use these since no one would see them while listening to the radio. We all seemed to have similar takes on the name of the show, yet mine was a little different since I related mine to the Netflix show “House of Cards” since that show itself has aspects of noir and it would be in interesting allusion. But overall, we all had designs that represented the mysterious figures we have in our advice show and having it be called a “house” places them into setting appropriate for a talk show; they are all under the same roof or genre of noir. Below is my design:

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Just today, I made a bumper to for the radio show. I will admit, this one did take me a loger time to complete than the design since I used many various sounds I had to order together in a cohesive manner. I wanted to have a bumper that supported my design with the “House of Cards” theme to it, but with suspenseful buildup of sounds that create a story. For more information on this bumper, the following link can take you there:

When taking to Janaye Evans, who is a member of the group, we were trying to figure out if the differing time periods for our characters would affect this radio show. That is something the group will be discussing very soon, but it shouldn’t be too difficult to overcome. During the next week, I plan to make a radio commercial for the show and I am curious to see where this all goes.

Film Design- “The Big Lebowski”

In “The Big Lebowski,” I honestly did not see much of the city scape, so this assignment is somewhat difficult. Most of the scenes took place in the bowling alley, Dude’s house, teen’s neighborhood, Treehorn’s beach home, the art studio, the Lebowski mansion, and the restaurant.

With regard to the bowling alley, it is poorly lit on the exterior and this was built in 1962. A place like this could have been used in noir since the lack of lighting could give a more mysterious mood to this alley. The parking lot was consistently almost- empty, creating a suspenseful mood as is seen in noir. With regards to the interior, it is like any other bowling alley: evenly lit. Inside there is a red color scheme that seems to be prominent. The banners on the wall differ in color and typography from those directly beside one another, making each one stand out. When Dude is outside of his house confronting the man who had been following him, one can see some of the other shabby-looking homes close by illuminated by few streetlights. Also, in his home there is one scene where the Venetian blonds create an effect on Dude when he is talking to the woman in his bed, almost interrogating her about what has been going on. This can relate to a person being questioned in a noir film that is typically set in an office (The lamp and Venetian blinds are also seen when Dude is in the police chief’s office after he was caught walking drugged in the street). The one scene where Walter smashes the windows of the teenage boy’s car takes place is a higher class neighborhood than Dude’s as indicated by the homes that reside there; they look to be better constructed and the sidewalk is paved neater. This took place at night, which is when most dramatic scenes of noir films take place as well. The most prominent home that is seen is Jackie Treehorn’s beach home. This architecture is designed in a more modern way and this type of home would not have been seen in most past noir films since this kind of development came in the 1960s. Most noir films came before this time so most noir films contain scenes of city-streets and buildings rather than homes like these. But a noir moment in this beach home had to be when the pool water was casting somewhat of a shadow effect on the ceiling when Treehorn is standing over Dude after his drink had been drugged. The art studio had dark lighting when Dude first entered it to see the woman flying above him to throw paint on the paper. It was a rather suspenseful moment when he first looks down the dark hall to see the light at the end where the main studio was. There was a use of lamp lighting on the floor when he is talking to the woman, which is typically a lighting source in noir. The building used as the Lebowski mansion was constructed in 1931 and is nicely kept on the exterior and the interior. The diplomas, awards, and trophies are different from each other; the typography of each diploma and award not the same as the ones next to them. The scene where Dude is near the fireplace with the older Lebowski is lit only from the fireplace, creating a slightly eerie mood as the older Lebowski tells Dude his wife has been taken. The letter Dude reads exemplifies differing typography as well in this scene. The restaurants used in the film would be seen in noir type films since most conversations between characters can occur in these places. We see Walter and Dude there and a sign is in that back that shows a 50’s styled as of a boy carrying a large burger in his arms. The other restaurant is seen when the Russian crew is sitting at a both and we see the female character is the one with the missing toe. The second restaurant scene is filmed at night, suggesting a dangerous kind of mood since we are seeing the group who plans on killing Dude, which differs from the first daylight restaurant scene.

Other small places I took note of were the mortuary and the city lights that were usually only seen from the interior of a home. The mortuary had a Bible verse lettered on the wall, an example of typography in design. With the city lights, most were blue tinted and this was seen when Dude was initially knocked out and dreaming he was flying over the city. In another dream, one of the photos from the studio seemed to come to life; the one of the pair of red scissors. This created a suspenseful effect since we would see Dude in a state of distress as he ran from them. But I think the fact that most of the parking lots and driveways were empty at night can create a noir-suspense mood for the audience since it gives to the notion that no one is around to really witness the events taking place, especially in the scene where the Russians were standing in front of Dude’s flame engulfed car.

Copyright Reflection

After learning about the copyright law, the fair use doctrine, and the Creative Commons movement, I was a little less confused as to what would make something copyright. It was interesting to see that copyright has been an ongoing issue for centuries that even Mark Twain himself dealt with. In the Constitution, copyright is defined as, “an Act for the encouragement of learning,” and the rights are granted “limited terms” of use by consumers. I was surprised that the copyright term period doubled to 28 years in the 1800s and this was because of the family line extending from the author, so they had rights to keep his/her work away from copyright. The idea of fair use was covered in most of the readings and videos. I particularly enjoyed the Disney parody called “A Fair(y) Use Tale,” as it would form statements about the fair use doctrine by combining numerous cuts from Disney films. This made it more appealing to watch and it was almost a copyright issue in and of itself, yet it did this to explain the point about how content should be used in an artistic or creative way, differing from the original; making it one’s own work as the video maker did for this. The video seemed to say that one can use songs, pictures, etc. and have it not be counted as copyright since there is no limit of creativity. Another fact that came from this video was that after 14 years, the content goes towards public domain, which is where it is free to use. I also really liked the Ted Talk “Laws that Choke Creativity” since it discussed “amateur culture,” which is creation through love, not for the goal of money. The lawyer said that the younger generation is much different than his own because of technology, which is not a bad thing at all. The young take and recreate content to see things differently and the lawyer said that this is how kids speak, by using digital technology. But with this, there are two extremes to be cautious of: auto-takedown on sites such as YouTube when someone is suspected of misuse of content/copyright and the idea of copyright abolishment, which meant that the kids would not have any regard to copyright law and completely disobey it. But the lawyer argued that by making content available, it can allow for creative opportunities and self-expression. It was easy to read the “Fair Use Frequently Asked Questions” since it was nicely organized and provided several examples of fair use copyright issues close to our current time frame, to where it is more likely to be understood by readers today. With the Creative Commons movement, I can respect it because it gives both the author and the consumers rights to the work and has the goal of using and sharing the work in a positive way. Personally, I like to use others’ content in a new, original fashion and only have a goal to make it have a different, original slant to it. For example, the photos I get off of Google for my character Sebastian Crane are photographs of Scott Eastwood that I use to give my viewers a clear image of my character to help them become more immersed in the world of his story. I think that if content is used is a new, creative, and artful way then there should not be a problem with copyright. It already is a complex issue and I did have a hard time figuring out that there are many open ends to this discussion, but for myself, I only plan on using work to better enhance it or show it in a different light.