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Unveiling Cinematic Magic: Creating a Noir Detective Story on a Shoestring Budget

9/11/2023 Matt 0 Comments

In their small studio, Udi Tirosh and DIYPhotography embark on a journey into the world of a detective investigating a boxer's ominous ties to the mob. Join us as we delve into the intricacies of creating cinematic enchantments with a limited budget and space limitations.

Setting the Stage

If you've ever made a video on a really tight budget, you're probably familiar with the strategy of asking for help from family and friends (and visiting the dollar store). They borrowed the typewriter from a friend, bought an ashtray at the dollar store, and used a bottle from his own collection.

To create the volumetric rays, Udi created two gobos out of foam core: a set of blinds and an industrial fan. The foam core is very budget-friendly, allowing for plenty of creative experimentation.

To make this happen, the team worked on creating 3D light effects that would move smoothly across the screen. They used a smoke machine - the SmokeGENIE - to create a cinematic atmosphere.

Now, let's unravel the enchantment of volumetric light. This is where the smoke plays a pivotal role. By filling the room with controlled haze, Udi transformed the rays into tangible elements.

A valuable tip: Volumetric light is most effective when complemented by a backlight. Thus, the blinds were strategically placed behind the table, further enriching the noir atmosphere. 

We hope readers have enjoyed this voyage into the realm of DIY cinematic storytelling. For more insightful revelations and inventive techniques, stay tuned to

About Udi Tirosh:

Udi Tirosh is the Founder and Editor in Chief of DIYPhotography, he is also a photographer, a relentless entrepreneur, a prolific inventor and a dad, not necessarily in that order. Let's Get Connected: 

Images and video thanks to DIYPhotography