Into the Shadow - Part 1 Overture
Studio: sherwinliu
Review Count: 168
Average Rating: 4.9 stars
Genre: Romance
Length: 6 minutes 47 seconds
Posted on: February 10, 2007
Film Description

Shadows draw heavy over unspoken words;
Hidden old scars bear forgotten wounds.




Private Investigator James Fergan reluctantly takes on a new case.

The main character is the same as the protagonist from the one-year-old TMO trilogy "Shadow of the Light", which can be found on But this new trilogy is completely independent.


NOTE: In the early part of the movie during the Fergan-Lily conversation, Fergan's lip-sync is not working. Lip syncing is perfect in other places. We apologize for this especially since this can cause some confusion.




Credit for the series as a whole

Lizard ................................. as P.I. James Fergan
Sisch .................................. as Eleanor Dunham
AnotherNewDawn ........... as Alan De Vallier
JazzX .................................. as Detective Jenson
Dulci ................................... as Lily
Rposhard .......................... as George
Myshinator ........................ as Mrs. Morgan
Chrissi .............................. as Rebecca Dunham

Written by Kate Lee
First Director: Kate Lee
Second Director: Sherwin Liu

Music by Sherwin Liu
Including a variation on the wonderful "Rain-Swept Neon" track from "The Movies"

French Living Room Set by Frenhofer
Church Altar Prop by Marvelous Guppi Movies
Horse Riding Costume by Daninsky

Newspaper Backdrops by Sherwin Liu
Wine Rack and Wine Props by Sherwin Liu
Title and Credit Screens by Sherwin Liu
Shadow Overlays by Kate Lee & Sherwin Liu

Miscellaneous Public Domain Photos from
Old New York City Photos from Skyscrapercity Forums

Produced by Pinnacle Entertainment.
- bookworm101

Excellent Movie. I enjoyed it and downloaded it to my laptop. Two thumbs up. By the way I am an up and coming TMOer so do not look onto my profile yet. Anyways I voted 5 stars so great job.

Posted on October 25, 2008

This new movie was really good
I enjoyed it so much I saw it 3times and accidentlly missed my bus lol
Great job!!!

Posted on December 17, 2007
- TheFlyingDuDe-Films

Part1 is my favurit part of the series. I love the characters and you introduce them so nicely... Your Into The Shadow series deffinatly is something really special on TMO! 3 Masterpieces! =)

Posted on October 1, 2007
- userjosh9874

Amazing! Deep and atmosphereic, this piece kept me entertained and wanting more! I'll check out the other parts very soon! :)

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Chris_tof

It's excellent

Posted on July 2, 2007
- ArtEscape

This was terrific! All of it! I give it ten stars and two thumbs up! Love the black and white effect. You are a real pro! Keep them flicks comin! Please come visit my studio and rate my films. I only asked to be critiqued by pro's such as yourself. Thanks, Jade Kinkade maker of Art Escape films.

Posted on June 27, 2007
- mrsquirrel1224

Well played. Please rate my movie:The path To take!

Posted on June 20, 2007
- Chessack

Technically this is a fantastic movie. The directing and camera work/voice overs are excellent. The scene cuts are professional-looking. Even the lip synching is good. I admit I'm not quite sure exactly what the story is _about_, which is why I didn't give it 5/5 stars. This may just be me being not very perceptive, though.

Good work otherwise. I look forward to part 2.

Posted on June 10, 2007
- OD-Ork-Boy

A very great, classical Noir you have here. I'm not going to repeat what 16 pages worth of people have said, so just know I think this is great. All around, bravo!

- Orky

Posted on May 31, 2007
- CaptainStrider

At last I get round to reviewing this.

An excellent movie by no mistakes, the choice of doing this is black & White is well founded. There is something to like about the old B&W movies and it really makes it stand out from the every other movie on TMO.

I'm liking the plot and will most certainly be checking out the next part. Dark mysterious and great character building with some great camera choices. But my favourite has to be the music, great work with those, coupled with B&W it feels like a movie made in the era of B&W.

Strider Out!

Posted on May 29, 2007
- Ellis07

***** all the way excellent!!!!!

Posted on May 29, 2007
- gogochou5

OMG that was so awesome im speachless!!!!!!!!! well done


Posted on May 28, 2007
- Howitzer

Superb example of truly classic cinematography! Such atmosphere and depth. This movie has real style and is directed with stunning class. Congratulations to all involved in the production of this movie on your success, I look forward to viewing part 2.

Posted on May 27, 2007
- jakechief


Posted on May 27, 2007
- chrisu69

A very interesting overture I loved the style,

Posted on May 26, 2007
- capemedia

Catching up on this after hearing about the release of part 3, forgive me for such a late review :)

The movie was pretty much as expected and because of that I'm slightly disappointed by it. What I mean is, I always hope for the unexpected, something that makes me go, "Wow now that was good". This never happened for me.

Yes excellent, script, acting and production, the usual stuff, but I did feel a little let down in certain areas. As explained the Wow factor and also, surprisingly the music, it might be great to some, but to me it was dull. Maybe it was meant to be dull, but in my humble opinion it could have been better, both musically and audibly (Quality of sounds)

Overall its better then the majority of sh!te that we find on TMO and above the average movies clogging up the charts, but is it great, sadly for me no.

For me this is a better then an average movie, so I'm awarding 4 stars to it :)

On to part 2 ;)

Posted on May 26, 2007
- Samisawesome

What took me so long to watch this? A sure classic, a great film noir, perfect music, clear, crisp voiceovers, and a great filter for the camera that gives it the 1940's feel. Overall, great work!
Soundtrack: 20/20
Voiceovers: 15/15
"Noirness": 25/25
Plot: 20/20
Originality *for TMO*: 20/20

A perfect score!


Posted on May 26, 2007
- apip

this film didn't excite me much.
but the car incedent was out standing.
good work.

Posted on May 25, 2007
- bgood4-me

that was a crazy cliffhanger but i have also seen number 2 so i know this was good
music 10/10
action 10/10
romance 6/10
it was good another 5 stars

Posted on May 24, 2007
- OXM_Madman

Dark Matter Films Review

Storyline: 12%/20%

Although I understand a lot of thinking and effort was put into this, unfortunately, I just don't feel very strongly for this film.

Voice Overs: 20%/20%

Thankfully, the voices in the film are perfect, due to their great quality and the ammount of acting used.

Editing: 16%/20%

A really good editing structure was chosen for this film, and the costumes were put to good use, and they all seemed to fit together nicely. A few small things felt out of place, though.

Filming: 26%/40%

Another great film maker here, using great directional skills to suit the mood of the movie. Not as great as other films, but still a stong contestant.

Score: 74%

Although quite mysterious, this is not quite one of the best films on TMO, but is an enjoyable and prominent one.

Posted on May 23, 2007
- Ranedthel

From "Bogart and Becall" to the "Thin Man" and every "Sherlock" adventure this open segment grabbed me by the throat and shook out five stars with just the opening credits. No need to say anything more than EXCELLENT! I hope this story is long and twisted filled with questions hidden deep and sinister. A must see beginning to what I believe will be a MUST SEE series of films!

Posted on May 20, 2007
- hollywood_jellybeans_film

Exquisite work i love these kind of movies so i am very skeptical when people try to make them on TMO, but the was brilliant.
Wonderful, Glorious there is not enough words to express this movie in english.
So Bravo.
Loved it not boring for a second.

Posted on May 19, 2007
- julianallees

What a great and beautiful film. The black and white mod give it its feel, and its elegence. The great part of this film is its slow nature, which helps the audience to engage in it more. The voice overs were superb and above all you should be proud, well done :D

Please rate my new trailer/teaser for "Loneliness" you won't regret it

Thanks heaps

Yours julianallees

19th May, 2007

Posted on May 19, 2007
- allenrules

radical but i made new movie called the three american heros it must have been the best movie i made but mistakes on subtitles so please see and rate it

Posted on May 12, 2007
- Vanana

I love old fashioned type films and I can't wait to see more this is a great film its very interesting. I love the voiceovers they go with the characters and I just think it was made very well great job.

Posted on April 26, 2007
- norriefpb

Film Noir on TMO - who knew? Talk about setting the mood: camerawork, voices and music couldn't be better. Exemplary.

Posted on April 18, 2007
- Alutt

Another great movie from your studio, with this old fashion film noir. Philipp Marlowe is not far... Well, nice editing, nice voice acting, nice ambiance, nice script, nice story, I suppose it makes a nice movie ! very good ! Going to see the sequel...

Posted on April 11, 2007
- Aidan121


Posted on April 10, 2007
- R33se

A great capture of the noir feeling. The vintage B&W's a bonus and great freecam work.

Posted on April 8, 2007
- rileyman

While I wouldn�??t have minded seeing a little more for this Part 1, it�??s still a fantastic beginning to a true film-noir production. We get a strong opening here that focuses on introducing and building the story and characters. The overall production value is also very strong here, with what looked to me like some fine overlay work to enhance the lighting of the sets in certain shots.

Overall enjoyment: 33/35. A very enjoyable opening chapter! I only take off a little bit here for perhaps wanting a bit more of a slice of the story.

Editing: 29/30. Everything is extremely strong here. Scene selection and scene flow are spot-on perfect, and the camera-work is just as good. The one point taken off is for something I�??ll mention in my suggestions section at the end. I also noticed one oddity: at the very end of the movie after the credits complete and it fades out, a single scene with the brick wall overlay is shown again. Not something I take anything off for, as it was after the movie completed �?? just something I noticed.
Music does very well to suit the mood here, and is well chosen (or perhaps put in a better way, well composed). Sound is always crisp, and voice-overs come through clearly.

Production Value: 15/15. Great use of costumes, props, and overlays throughout the full production. The headlights moment was a real standout here! I didn�??t notice a lot of set dressing, but the other elements combined give me everything I look for here. The custom opening title sequence is put together very nicely, and suits the era and genre.

Characters: 10/10. Great characters, very well-written and introduced. There�??s a build-up here that I�??ll be looking forward to shortly when I watch Part 2. These are characters with some flaws too �?? an aspect I appreciate, especially for this genre.

Dialog: 10/10. Both the narrative and spoken portions of the dialog were strong.

Total: 97/100.

5 stars! Keep this up, and if the total length of this series exceeds 20 minutes (which I suspect it will), this could easily be my next mention for the �??Riley Epic Production�?? award.

My suggestions: After a film like this, this is always a presumptuous moment for me. But I did manage to find one thing here worth mentioning. ;)
Lip-synch did not take for a few lines, and I believe I know why. It doesn�??t work for extras in the scenes in this game �?? only the main characters (meaning the non-yellow mannequins in AMM). Always a difficult decision to make, but in order to get around this, you have to use a camera angle that hides their lips.

Reviewed via �??Riley�??s Reviewing Thread�??

Posted on April 2, 2007
- siclops


Posted on March 30, 2007
- Bloodbaro950

Nice Job this is a great movie it had amazing use of the freecam and had outstanding VOs. This movie could easily get into the top 25 with just the storyline alone! Great job

Posted on March 25, 2007

A very good movie.
The B&W together with the music made the atmosphere spot on for this movie.
Dark story which felt realistic also.

This movie deserves the 5 stars :)

Posted on March 20, 2007
- markrichardbehenna

I�??ve seen a few detective flicks every now and then, but most weren�??t serious attempts and were designed to make fun of the era. This adopted an image of complete seriousness.

From the title screens; you�??ve got this very colourful music (no joke intended), names flashing by on a brick wall, but best of all the shadows of various objects in the background.

We�??re then introduced to James the private investigator, which blew me away. Slow the moment and notice the way he stands behind lowered blinds, the rugged voice, the poetic language, and of course the dark tune. It�??s a tad cheesy but I just can�??t stop myself being carried away into the fantasy, almost forgetting in the process I�??m actually in my bedroom where the only thing remotely exciting in here is the bright yellow walls attacking my eyesight and the fuzzy pink handcuffs in my draws.

This cheesiness/fantasy continues with the woman, her look was just so perfect. The makeup, the cigarette, the hat over one eye, the accent, and a slight coldness in the voice which makes my hair stand on end. She could order me to kick a lion in the nuts and I wouldn�??t give it a second thought.

I don�??t want to go too much into the story because it�??s only part 1 which was just setting the scene, certainly looking forward to part 2.

Posted on March 18, 2007
- SnakeEater42

WOW awesome film noir a great looking detective story I hope the second part is just as good or to do the impossible and be better.

Posted on March 17, 2007

I really really liked everything about this production. From the well designed credits, to the incredible edition. I felt like I was watching a lost classic from yesteryear. I am looking forward to seeing more. Bravo!

Posted on March 15, 2007
- DarthDirector

Probably one of the few TMO films to bring noir back to its roots, the first part of "Into The Shadow" is ripe with stylish dialogue and mystery. It kept me interested throughout, with some of the tightest editing I've seen on TMO in a long time, as well as spectacular voice-acting. I can't wait to see what happens next.

Posted on March 10, 2007
- MelonTheCreeker

I thought this film really captured the olden time detective story, with the really cool black and white effect and the old time style script..

I am looking forward to the next installment.


Posted on March 5, 2007
- MefuneAkira



THE GOOD: Everything! This is the masterpiece we filmmakers strive to accomplish. A perfect homage to the classic detective drama genre. The opening credits were a marvel to watch, one of the very best we have seen. The writing by Kate Lee was suspenseful and mysterious. To be able to create the classic dialog so magnificently, leaves us in awe. The music flowed through this great achievement like a second narrator, leading us from scene to scene. When we first saw the waiting car, the score elevated, creating a tantalizing moment of suspense and intrigue�?�not seen much on TMO. The acting was so overwhelmingly brilliant, it was hard for us to pay attention to the story itself. From narration to interaction to screaming vengeance in the street, a powerful performance from all. Now for the lord in heaven...using faded overlays to capture that classic dark frame is nothing less than genius. The quality of each shot was impeccably detailed and beautiful to view. The camera movements were also a treat for us. Utilizing free-cam to get that "first time we see her" shot was breathtaking. The story and flow are equal to none, the very best we have seen.

THE BAD: We didn�??t care for the real life signs, it took us a bit away from the thrill of this TMO made film. That�??s about it.

Overall, this is the very best classic detective genre film, if not best film, on TMO. It simply has no equal.


-Mefune Akira
L.M.A.O. Studios

Posted on March 5, 2007
- micha83

Really nice movie!
Good work!


Posted on March 3, 2007
- Luisa_d_Vos

This is one half of your review from Berkley/Luisa's review thread.

Wow. I was immediately enthralled by the story, and the smooth edgy way it was filmed made it easy for me to hang off each and every word. You two work incredibly hard to create pure works of art for us here at TMO, and it is well appreciated. It is rare to find a studio that works so hard at creating their movies, and I believe that the younger members of our community can learn from you.

Posted on March 3, 2007

well done with the movie, for me its the only movie so far I have been able to watch full screen, I think that due to it being in black and white the colours of the page seem to distract from the movie, but watching it full screen seems to really make it look like an old black and white movie :) Well done

Posted on March 3, 2007
- Melghoul1

wow...I'm at a loss for words. This was one of the greatest tmo movies i've seen to date. granted i haven't even seen part 2 yet but i can already say i love it.

1. I love black&white
2. You had me at Noir.
3. The Vos were masterfull, I really felt each character.
4. The writing/directing was outstanding, I felt as though it wasn't even a tmo movie I was seeing.
5. The music was very captivating. It really made you feel the film.

thanks for a film with class.

Posted on March 1, 2007
- CptJoker

Stylish and intriguing, this classy noir kicks off with powerful overture. The city is brought to life even as it is drained of color, its players blossoming with character as their troubles display across the silver screen. Very noir - my hat off to Chat Noir (again!) for finding such brilliance in such a confined medium!

Posted on March 1, 2007
- Roland31180

No comment

Posted on March 1, 2007
- First_Demand_Productions

Another stylish film from C.N. Studios. Your ability to convey mood and emotion in your movies will always amaze me...

Posted on February 27, 2007
- jacpaco30

No comment

Posted on February 27, 2007
- sophie14

Nice got a little boring though.

Posted on February 25, 2007
- actorjay

the sets were so cool it looked so real I loved it nice bravo

Posted on February 25, 2007
- Towelie

Perfection! The best romance to hit tmo ever! Bookmarked, 5 stars andf im off to see part 2!

Posted on February 25, 2007
- TheMGMKid1

Brilliant! I will save my full review for part II!

Posted on February 25, 2007
- AxeCinema

Why, it has taken me so long to sit down and watch this, i really don't know. A very entertaining, sly film noir thick with mystery and suspicion. I was surprised at hearing of a short chat noir film, heh, but excited and curious all the same. Sherwin delivers his great music talent once again! great Voice-acting and io'm off to part 2.

Posted on February 25, 2007
- y2k

Pure and utter brilliance! i am speechless, lost for words, a supurb film well done.

Posted on February 24, 2007
- theycallmemisterbob

I haven't got the words to describe how much I loved this movie. Thank you for your craftsmanship.

Posted on February 24, 2007
- Artorious

Great film. Had that old feel that you were looking for. the story was excellent got me hooked. the editing and camera use were very good. Voice acting was on the mark. Great performances and dialogue was very smooth and natural.
This was a Great film to watch

Posted on February 24, 2007
- WorldPictures

CRITICS CENTER & PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT presents Alliance Grade Detailed Review w/ hosts Jeremiah & Dr. Googlestien with Reviewing Squad/WCP

Produced at World Studios in Toronto, Ontario
Sponsored by TMO TV

Feature Comment: WOW Sherwinliu we are always amazed with your work and right now you're getting better and better. No one else on TMO has been as consisted with their work as much as you have and this is an instant classic here.

Genre Feeling:
Into the Shadow definintely fits into its genre no doubt about it. The chemistry between the two characters in the office was definintely passionate and great. The romance and drama genre are definintely primed for any of those fans. This is a movie for anybody who just likes watching movies and its a huge inspiration for people to get better at their movie making skills.

Movie Quality:
No doubt about it from the start of this movie to the end its at top quality. The most quality ever to hit TMO no doubt. The great skill of the free cam and beautiful smokey B&W scenes are a defininte plus. It seemed like you had a high definition filter or something. LOL! This was just perfectly performed from the title credits to the music. A perfect fit for its type of movie. The voice acting and cast is the best recruitment we've seen on TMO yet. This is a very, very, very special movie and that opening scene was very powerful.

This is a great series so far and its got a great story to it. We love it Sherwinliu how you were able to incorporate the whole picture of a continious storyline and an even better script for the dialogue. Nice interactions between the characters. Alot of original work in this film makes for a big time movie feel. This is a great psychological movie here and we've been looking for one of these to watch for a long time now.

Helpful Statement:
One of the things that most TMO movies lack especially series on TMO is character introduction and you were able to successfully do that. It helps the viewer understand the situation a whole lot more better and DOC applauds for that. We loved every thing about it and found it hard to find anything wrong, but just to help you out is to get more into the story in the beginning that way the viewer has a good idea on how to get excited for the next episode. Other than that man Sherwinliu you've got the best studio and filmmaking skills on TMO no doubt about it.

New movie grading system from Alliance Grade:
Rotten: 0-60%
Fresh: 60-100%
*: Bronze
**: Silver
***: Golden Performance
****: Platinum
*****: Karrot Classic

Final Grade:

Reviewing Squad Attendance Reviews:
47 fresh + 0 rotten = 47 viewers

Official Stars:
***** (5 star Karrot Classic)

Alliance Grade Must See Film
Hot Pick Nomination

BOX Office Weekend
Begins March 29!

Posted on February 23, 2007
- pegleg

The post second world war heyday of Film Noir is effectively recreated. I could almost imagine the detective being Philip Marlowe. Some great prop use and images blend with some delightful images and voices. This is helped along by an authentic soundtrack. I was tempted to watch all the parts before leaving any reviews really so I could check the whole rather than the pieces. That way I could get a fuller picture and offer a more objective judgement of the concept and idea undertaken. Still this is an excellent first instalment and I hope the other two parts maintain this standard.

Posted on February 22, 2007
- VandrendeOrn

Amazing! this really impressed me. the movie is visually stunning and very elegant. and the titles are the best I've seen on tmo

Posted on February 22, 2007
- Ls1820

No comment

Posted on February 22, 2007
- Amateur-Associates

"Mrs. Dunham. Intact after all these years. Perfect steady steps."

A thrilling revival of the detective noir genre, not surprisingly from Chat Noir Studios. The cinematography and film progression style had me from the title scene. This was an absolute delight for me, and hopefully for many other film critics and film-makers everywhere.


Posted on February 20, 2007
- Spaceman72

Bravo! What a great film noir stylish movie! From the beginning as I've saw the wonderful title sequence I knew that this would be a excellent entertaining movie. You did a great job to let the movie look like an old classic noir movie from the 40's. All fits perfectly together, the brilliant title overlays, the usage of the free cam, the exellent VO's and the moody soundtrack. Can't wait to see the second part. 5 stars and two thumbs up from me!

Posted on February 20, 2007
- Mystic_SleeT

A superb start,the mood is set beautifully by the great background music always playing and the voice acting does not dissapoint.The characters are played life-like and it is always hard to believe that you are actually watching a TMO movie.
You can have a movie with great voice acting and story but the dialogue can dissapoint,however in this movie there is no such problem with that.The dialogue is well thought out and kept flowing at all times.

Chat Noir Studios have been known to give the community excellent movies to be entertained with and this one does not dissapoint.
One of the best Noir movies to be watched on TMO !

Let It Be...

Posted on February 19, 2007
- KatanaSoul

Sleek. Stylish. Sophisticated movie.


Posted on February 19, 2007
- Moviemaniac1

Storyline-great, great romantic thriller, love the touch of black and white
Characters-every character had their own unique touch to the movie
Fit in Genre-this is a perfect romantic thriller
Music-great music to go along with this movie set in somewhere in around 1920s
Mods-great black and white mod
Voiceovers-excellent for every character in this movie

Fit in Genre-none

Final Rating 5/5 (no doubt), excellent romantic thriller set around the 1920s with characters that help develop the plot and an ingenious storyline, no doubt this deserves top honors

*for honest ratings based on this format visit my studio or post a reply in the forums, search for "Movie Reviewer" and post your link to your movie*

Posted on February 18, 2007
- RaYdAwG

Ok first the negatives...umm...
Ok let's move on to the positives. Exemplary scriptwriting with an ingenious plot, great editing and special effects, perfect music, very nice overlays and backdrops, excellent use of custom sets and props, with an all-star vo cast easily makes this the #1 movie of the year. Very well done!

My Ratings:
Script: 6 stars (you get a bonus star)
Music: 5 stars
VO's: 5 stars
Custom(drops/lays/props/etc): 5 stars
Editing: 5 stars
Genre Effectiveness: 5 stars
Overall: 5.16 stars

consider this bookmarked
da dAwG

Posted on February 18, 2007
- ZanNight

One of the best films i've seen on TMO. Nice Transition, real Private Eye feel to it. I bookmarked it, downloaded it, did anything i could with it. Amazing. Can't get better than that.

Posted on February 18, 2007
- qtigger

Film Noir is perhaps my favorite genre of all film styles. I marvel at the atmospheric lighting, dramatic ultra close-ups, inventive camera angles, the femme fatale, and a hero with faults and a moral conflict. This movie brings to mind films like The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity and The Naked City. To be able to evoke the spirit of these past classics, especially within a game of many limitations, is truly something special. Awesome! Just Awesome!

Posted on February 18, 2007
- PamDennis

First off... let me apologize. I said i would watch this in a couple of days... unfortunatly that became a week with my schedule.

Now on to my View...


Right off the top I loved the scenes in black and white (gave it an old film feel) and the scenes of actual places then into a game scene gave the location a real worl feel. From scenes to editing to special touches... this is des6tined to become a true TMO Classic. I am always impressed with the quality blockbuster hits that steadily come out of your studios. The ending... aaarghhh... now I am left in anticipated suspense for the next installment. I would love to see this in Hi-Res on our TV Station... TMO-TROPOLIS TV. Have your people PM my people and we WILL do lunch.

Did I already say AWESOME!

TROPOLIS Entertainment Group

Posted on February 18, 2007
- KarlBrown

So much better then my attempt at Film Noir. Yours put mine to shame.

I am in utter awe.

Posted on February 18, 2007
- TomBob13

Nice Film you have there Sherwin!!

Posted on February 17, 2007
- Saskro

What can I say... I`m not really able to tell the special effects that were used in this movie, because everything just looks so natural and fits together brilliantly. I`m sure a lot of hard work went into this production, but you make it look so easy.
Still, what looks so natural and easy when watching this movie, is the result of a lot of factors playing together - and all of them executed in an amazing quality. Soundtrack, VO, dialogue, the black & white effect, camera angles and of course the story itself go together to make an awesome film noir experience. Only two of these factors would already have been enough to make a good movie, but by mastering them all you got this really seamless feel which allows the viewer to follow the story without any distraction.
Since this is the first part, it`s difficult to say much about the story itself at the moment. But I find it to be very intriguing and I`ll be sure to watch when there`s a second part coming out.

Posted on February 17, 2007
- filipekholmstudios

great movie! there is nothing else to say. but can you plz tell me how to get black and white movies.

Posted on February 17, 2007
- Vitality

Life Studios Report:
Plain classic, a well done, well recorded atmosphere movie with a few twists and a "to be continued". What more can a Film Noir fan want in life?
Rating: 4.8, Very Recomnded to all.

Looking forward to part II.

For life studio moives go to:

Posted on February 17, 2007
- skarsten

Well, I can officially consider myself kicked off of the top of the heap as far as old forties movies go.

The thing that really caught my attention was the incredibly subtle use of overlays - those foggy borders really helped to keep things focused and lit properly so that the crushing, oppressive feel of the atmosphere was never lost.

The other great thing was the music. These things are all about the music, and you captured the old-style melodrama feel of that quite well.

Posted on February 16, 2007
- DarthGuybrush7

Nice! You got definitely hit the film noir "look". I felt like I was watching an old Bogart film. I'll be looking forward to the next one.

Posted on February 16, 2007
- dude123456HasReturned

Teh Poptart Kid's Review Corner.

A spectacular first episode of "Into the Shadow" Sherwinliu. I loved the music, as it set the mood of the story very well. The VO's were incredible! So crisp, and clear. The suspense built a lot of tension turning towards the end, as the car almost hit the private investigator. I was wondering if he was going to die, or not. The costumes were well chosen, as it set the character.

A very entertaining film Sherwin. I thank you for that.

5 stars!

Film On!

-Teh poptart kid

Posted on February 16, 2007
- nackman34

great movie. but not a fan of the B/W. srry. other then that. i loved it.

Posted on February 16, 2007
- Andy_inc

Add a Fox Classics watermark in the bottom left hand corner and you have a classic, my friend. The whole film was stunning, and there's a reason why it's so high up in the charts (where it belongs). The VO's really suited the genre and feel of the film, the editing and plot flowed wonderfully together in elegant grace and I don't even know where to begin with the music. The thing I hated most about the film was that it only ran for 6 minutes and 47 seconds, other than that I certainly can't wait until part two!
This film certainly deserves Two Thumbs Up!

Posted on February 16, 2007
- tigereyes

B-E-A-Utiful. Classic film, that will live on in the history of your archives forever after. Again, another simply amazing film from the studio that seems to produce quality ever step of the way. However, you accomplished an excellence here that is very rarely achieved, I had my favorite moments with little criticism.

Absolutely stunning was the camera work. Of course, I can't say you limited yourself to black and white, because it seems the medium expanded your creativity and you used the new mixture of shadows to maintain your strong environment. Fantastic work of light and dark, as well as general overlay effects. Sequencing was spectacular, as he's walking down the street you cut away and yet maintain the moment of each scene, simultaneously keeping us within the feet of two characters through three scenes. Its genius!

Best shot of the film was the car scene, obviously you knew that. Great editing combined with well thought out overlays work and editing above average converges for the moment maker you wanted. Alot of the film's lack of action seems to lean on this scene for the support of the action elements, and one scene somehow gives power to the rest of the six+ minutes. Brilliant!

Again, as you somehow never fail to disappoint, Chat Noir returns to TMO with another classic, another ground breaking element, and another simply amazing film you can't afford to miss. Aspiring filmmakers can learn from the film, and classic directors can appreciate it.

Posted on February 16, 2007
- mallymal

nice and gritty...took me back to my days as a kid sitting at my pappy's side watching old bogey movies on betamax....when i finised watching i turned and noticed my boy sitting at my side and it choked me up....thx for giving me another great memory and a bonus of continuing the cycle.

Posted on February 16, 2007
- Babar23

This is really, really great!

What a very cool black and white film!

I must admit, that it was difficult for a foreign personn to understand the plot correctly, but the mood is very well worked, and it gives to this film a real identity!

I love the overlay of the car at the end, voice overs are great!
So this film is great, and I can't wait for the next part!!

My lonely little suggestions, is that you could improve it again, if you add more sound effects, for this type of film it's always really cool^^

But anyway, this is very enjoyable! I loved it! Bravo!

Posted on February 16, 2007
- DanielH20

WOW!! Excellent Movie, I was thinking I will making a B&W film but when first I saw this movie it was incredible!! Classic Film-noir I love it. :)

Looking forward the next Chapter!

Posted on February 16, 2007
- Daninsky

No comment

Posted on February 16, 2007
- BerkleyJL

I'm too stunned to write anything more than


Posted on February 16, 2007
- Tjippan

Grrrrreat movie!
Awesome! Love your telling-experience!

Posted on February 16, 2007
- frosty_frost09

WOW! I really enjoyed this movie. I loved how it was all shot in black & white. It reminded me of an old detective movie. I really enjoyed this file, good VOs, good backdrops and overlays,and a really good script. This movie deserves 5 stars :)

Posted on February 15, 2007
- Mericc

The best noir style film that I have seen yet on TMO. Can't wait to see the next part.

The Good: First and most importantly the atmosphere and tone of the movie is spot on PERFECT. From the old style credits to the shadow filled camera-work, to the excellent music, Into the Shadow does it all with unmatched noir style. I think the entire Chat Noir team should be very proud of the overall production of this movie as it really helped to draw me into the mood and style of the film. The overall editing and camera-work in the movie was very solid with some very nice long shots and editing that shows just enough but not all of what's going on.

The Bad: Not much to say here, it is hard to comment much on the plot as this episode seemed more a prelude to the main action of the series and only wets the viewers appetite. The only minor complaint I can think of has to do with the main characters performance. I don't know if it was the fact that the volume for the main sounded higher than for the rest of the cast or that the lines came off just a little to robotic for me but it did seem a Other than that an excellent film from a studio that makes a habit of excellent films.

Posted on February 15, 2007
- Iondrive

This film just drips with a sullen moodiness. Captured the noir feel perfectly. Great VA, really nice editing...can't wait for more!

Posted on February 15, 2007
- Lifestorm

An Interesting Film, good Charakters

Visit my Studio Site and look on my films

Posted on February 15, 2007

Well what do I say, the movie gets a five star rating with slightest shift of its stylish cloak. This is a movie full to the brim of style, brilliance, creativity and just oomph. A movie that is actually a triumph in how stylish it is. I'm a big fan of Film Noir, more to the point I am a big fan of Film Noir on TMO. But its no secret that recentlly there has been a certain lack of any Film Noir that can be seen as memorable. Luckily this movie makes up for that blank period as this is a piece of Film Noir that is both intriguing and consistantlly beautiful. However this by no means suggests that your movie is perfect, because suprisingly despite the style the movie is actually quite lacking in the plot department. Suprising from you actually as your movies plots usually take center stage, unfortunatelly in this movie I just felt you were trying to go more for the Film Noir feel and authenticity than for actually a brilliantlly original storyline. Luckily enough the movie ends on a cliffhanger of sorts that leaves us waiting for the sequel. Judging by the conclusion the plot will take over a lot more come the second part and to be quite honest I am really, really looking forward for the second part now. The plot is passable still, my problems really lie with the cliches more than anything else.

Okay then now for the good points of this movie as despite my moan about the plot this is still a five star movie all the way and nothing can prevent that. This movie as I keep saying is beautiful, absolutelly beautiful. The fact the movie is in black and white just gives it a nice feel to it. The music as well gave the movie that nice sheen tha made it seem like a more realisitc Film Noir than a lot of movies in the past have had. But the VO's really did shine through most of the time. The VO's were absolutelly perfect and none seemed odd or out of place. They suited their characters very well and the fact it is an amazing cast as well never hurts now does it. Overall this is a movie of sheer brilliance and beauty just slightlly lacking in the plot department for the moment. However the plot only really has kicked off and judging by the conclusion I am sure that it will get a lot more interesting by the end of it all. A definate five star movie, but not your best work to date.

Posted on February 15, 2007
- stevec375

Nice movie! If do enjoy a film noir! It was a very good way to set the story because now we have a background to the characters and I hope this is turned into a very good story, keep filming!

Posted on February 15, 2007
- holdmykidney


Everything about this movie oozes authenticity and quality, right from the start.

It is so well conceived that you can feel the anguish of the protagonist; you can feel the cold, damp night air of the city on your skin and you can smell the tobacco drifting through the dim half-light of the office.

This film is not only a great introduction to classic film noir, but it is a case study in character and situation introduction that all would do well to learn from.

Stars are irrelevant. This movie is an instant classic.

Posted on February 15, 2007
- Samisdabest

Nice to see a decent romance, not many decent ones around.

Well done!

Posted on February 15, 2007
- cinecitta

What a beautiful movie. I'm very interisting by the story, I'm very curious to know more about it. This movie is very esthetically with the black and white colour. And the use of the camera is very well done, you're a chief. The music is nice too, not too loud, just good for the style of this movie.
Good job for the voiceovers, all the cast act very well.
I enjoy a lot the first part of this series.
See you soon.

Posted on February 15, 2007
- crAZRick

5 stars for everything that SHINES about this movie, even though there's not much story there, just a nice set up for future installments. This Noir-genre stuff does tend to build so slowly, hard to translate into a 5 or 6 minute flick and leave us with anything solid to base a review on, really.

The technical detals were perfectly brilliant, or as brilliant as the black-and-white would allow, I should say. The shots you chose, the music, the whole atmosphere, as well as the clarity... WOW! is it the black-and-white that makes it seem so crisp and clear or is there another secret?? Nicely done!

I would probably give 4 stars because there was hardly anything to the story, really, but, as I said, what was there was presented in such a way as to outshine the slow-burn of this type of picture, and I'm sure you just didn't want to bore us or risk sound-synch issues or other bugs and glitches with an extended work...

so, you have the benefit of my doubts that this will be a huge bore throughout, as well as the benefit of creating a pretty solid 'starting block' for whatever does eventually play out.


Posted on February 14, 2007
- otnemem20

Well all I can say is... thanks for reminding me. I noticed you had a new film out but later forgot to view it. I'm glad I got the chance, since this is a fantastic representation of film making at its best. Your camera movements are excellent and the atmosphere you created fit perfectly. Your vision is very consistent. The dialogue, with the exception of a line or two, is very much in line with that of the film noir genre. I usually stay away from movies that are part of a short series, since the quality of such films is usually very low, but this film and hopefully the series overall seems to be the exception.

Good luck on the future installments and be sure to let me now when they are released. Thanks again for giving me hope that quality TMO movies will continue to be made.

Posted on February 14, 2007

First off, the production on this film was really well done. The overall look and the old school hollywood vibe, really sold it the movie. The music was also a nice high point. The VO's were good, but a bit dry...Mabey a little underacted? The plot, so far, was ok...But like many films in this "noir style" genre. They move a very, very slow. Which I'm not really a big fan of...Still, a good movie that most people will enjoy! - 4 stars

Posted on February 14, 2007
- Frenhofer

Absolutely brilliant! I loved every second of it! I'm looking forward to the next part.

Posted on February 14, 2007
- DJDanny

An amazing romance more and I can't wait for the next part. Final Rating: 5.7 Stars.

Posted on February 14, 2007
- kaytee576

wow wonderful movie :) Veronica is so beautiful, I wish I could make my movies as great as this it all fit in perfect Cant wait to see more xxx

Posted on February 14, 2007
- WishfullThinker

Editing 4/4 : Superb editing. Nice use of scenes to create jus the right amount of drama. The black and white color lent a nice touch.
Dialogue 3/3 : Great voice overs. Not surprising with the stellar cast you have.
Plot/Originality 4/5 : It was good so far, but the story is just getting started so nothing big has been revealed. I have high hopes for future installments of the series.
Entertainment 4/5 : Pretty good. A little slow at parts, it was a bit difficult to see what was going on at times, but that might just be my computer which makes everything a bit darker. No deep plot yet, but as I mentioned earlier, that could change with the future installments.
Music/Sound 3/3 : Music was perfect, it was good enough that it enhansed the mood without drawing attention to itself.
Total : 18/20 - 5 stars - Excellent

Posted on February 14, 2007
- admultosanos

Superb direction, superb music and a superb cast. It was all so wonderfully cheesy, obeying every confine of the genre but still managing to be engaging. And once again the music was superb, really rooting it the same period that brought us the Maltese Falcon. Brilliant stuff. Role on part two.

Posted on February 14, 2007
- rysto

Bleepers. What a great movie! I always loved those old detective movies! I you didn't fail at emulating them! Awesome overlays, editing and voice acting! The only part that annoyed me to no end was the very last scene. Part 2 NOW playing on TMO. IT's not yet ARGH! LOL

Posted on February 14, 2007
- seamusM

Brilliantly well done!

Posted on February 14, 2007
- steelblade_1

No comment

Posted on February 13, 2007
- EDproject

Whouahouuuu !!! Great Movie...caméra, Music, Voices...! I'm a Big Fan !!!

Posted on February 13, 2007
- gilga

well sherwin and kate lee..I already knew it from your last movies but this episode makes it clear : you know what cinema is. The games disappears here the way you recreate the atmosphere, the filming and the characters of 40's masterpieces is simply amazing ( again sorry for my english) every scene, every detail has been thought, bogart, bacall or hepburn paid a visit to our community, the essence of your story really fits to all that... not a scene failes..not so easy believe me... a great ambition realized by you talent : just gratz!

Posted on February 13, 2007
- Timo666

Well it's been a long time since I watched my last TMO movie (I'm actually not sure if it was this year...) but with this drama you once again prove that you're one of the best directors around here. Excellent beginning of a series!

If I'll watch another movie then it'll be definately one of yours!

Posted on February 13, 2007
- derbyrams

That was an excellent drama movie! I loved it! It was very enjoyable, I personally thought that your decision to have this film in black and white was a very good idea as it added to the style and it worked well for the film.
I found this film to be very well shot, you used the sets very well and created the atmosphere very believably!! I loved your choice of music, the cast was really top-notch and they seemed like believable characters as their performances were out-standing!!! Also, very impressive tight editing and use of overlays!!!
Overall, this is a very arty, well done short film!! I love short films on tmo that have real pace and that are very entertaining!! You have done this and more in this short epic masterpiece!!!
It was enjoyable all the way, superb film!!! It was done very professionally!
Excellent work, your studio is well known for making excellent flicks Sherwin!
I am inspired!!!!

Posted on February 13, 2007
- JohnOkinawa

This movie was wrapped up in a present for me, but I didn't want to open it because of the beautiful wrapping paper. This was simply just mesmerizing and I don't know why i used that lame analogy. The whole cast, was wonderful, the direction was perfect, and the plot thickens!

Posted on February 13, 2007
- biggstrek

This may sound harsh, but the first word that comes to mind is: Cliché. However, when it comes to film noir, I expect nothing less! The whole genre IS cliché, and that is a big part of its appeal to me. You've captured the charm of those films very, very well. From the B&W footage, and clever use of overlays (I assume the darkened end of the city street was an overlay?), to the spot-on music and VO work... not to mention the great editing (cameras angles, cuts etc) and stylish dialogue.

Keep up the great work! You know I have the utmost respect for you. (Just don't wait too long before making Part ii, or I may have to send round 'The Boys'!!! :) )

Posted on February 13, 2007
- I-kill-clowns

Nice, oldschool movie. I loved the chararcters and the feel of the whole thing. Well done, I look forward to the next installment.

Posted on February 13, 2007
- Davidwww

Its amazing how far TMO movies have come since those early days, this was like watching a old movie from the 30's and 40's, and it was just fantastic from start to end.

Posted on February 12, 2007
- verguit

I've never been a big fan of this type of old style movie but this really well done, i do like B&W films so i can give this what it deserves. 5 out of 5. Looking forward to the second part.

Posted on February 12, 2007
- Damien7

Diffrent very diifrent..can`t wait for the next
please Rate my movie deadly assassin.

Posted on February 12, 2007
- axlslash

This was pretty unique and impressive. I'm not completely blown awat though. But I will watch the next episodes, and I do assume that they will get better and better

Posted on February 12, 2007
- Bitethedust88

The best type of this movie I've seen yet. Keep up the good work!

Posted on February 12, 2007
- Dulci

Faithful followers of this genre will find this movie absolutely mesmerizing and enticing.

Beautiful use of shadows. I particularly liked the scenes shot through the blinds.

The score to this movie adds a delicious element.

Posted on February 12, 2007
- GhostShipIV

That was a great movie. I loved the black and white detective story feel, very classic. The camera angles were amazing as well. The voice overs were also very well done.

Posted on February 12, 2007
- Bezzer36

Yep, this is great stuff alright!

I'm a sucker for noir and this captures the atmosphere of the genre perfectly.

Even before the story kicked in, the opening titles/credits and Sherwin's accompanying score brought a huge grin to my face.

Not too much given away here, but that's the way I like it.

Overture establishes mood, feel and characters with all the Sherwin/Kate trademarks thrown in.

You can just sense that this is going to be a classic.


Posted on February 12, 2007
- pigboss

Very good movie,congratulations!

Posted on February 12, 2007
- Bobby45

AMAZING. A truly stunning piece of film. The black and white colours give this movie such an exquisite and luxurious feel. A must see for any Chat Noir fan.

Posted on February 12, 2007
- Herow

Nice titles, made it more classic, i liked the story, the ending was tense, and i don't usually like noir though, but this film made me like it a bit more.

Posted on February 12, 2007
- FunkyFilms

How could you give this less than a full five stars? I don't know, but I do know that I was, actuallly, blown away by this masterpiece. Not many movies on TMO - or in the real world - are filmed in black/white. Not many should. Only certain movies fit into the shape, the atmosphere of the black/white. This movie fits perfectly into that shape. A few weeks ago - last time I watched a movie on TMO - andearlier than that, I might have been thinking that I had found the ultimate editing in a movie here, but I hadn't really. Here it is. This could very well be the same way; this is maybe not really the best edited movie here, at all. But I believe that it is. And that that state may not change for a very long time. I'm also sure that this is one of the very best movies here. I mean, I really still can't understand how you could edit, and do everything, like that.

Also, to Sherwin, this music, it was really good. You are definitely one of the best music-makers on TMO. And what do I know? Maybe you are even a professional. I'll leave that to you.

The voice-work in this movie - Of course, I say, when I look at the actors - was fantastic. It was because of the actors that part of this film is as good as it is. Of course also because of the great work by the ones that made the movie, but, if you don't have good actors, well, then you really have to make something special bfore it is as good as it could have been.

I'll be checking around for more parts in this series.

- Funky Films.

Posted on February 12, 2007
- 6-HeadedMonster

beautifully done,
i absolutely enjoyed it... great style of the visuals matched perfectly by the great Music

Posted on February 12, 2007
- richke

I loved the intro credits...very unique and very high quality. The editing and the camera angles were flawless. And i loved the scene with the headlights(curious if you did something special besides the camera angle to give it hat flare) - VOs were fantastic but....of course right. The story I felt was bland and I wasn't interested until the car came along. Pretty good start to a series and I look forward to seeing more.

Posted on February 12, 2007
- cheese101

great script, one of the best romances on TMO.
brilliant music, added great atmosphere.
Sisch's VOs were exceptional as well as good perfomances from the rest of the cast.
Well Done...

Oh yeah the black and white sets are cool, i presume their the ones created by oz, or is it just filmed in the old days to add to the effect...

Posted on February 12, 2007
- murpheykid

This film highly suceeds in creating a terribly awesome ambiance. It was dark. It was gritty. It was exactly what it should have been to capture the mood you were going for. It's a good twist to the usually private-eye type films. I loved how the private-eye wasn't a fast talking willing to take any job kind of guy. He had emotions and was an overall 3D character. I highly enjoyed this film.

Posted on February 12, 2007
- neonoir1x

The whole feel of this movie has the film noir style replicated most satisfyingly. Too bad TM can't let you do those dark cast shadows so prominent in film noir films. Would definitely add to the mood.

The only part that I found a bit odd was the conversation where she said that Gary died. It felt funny with those pauses and repeated 'Gary died'

But I do look forward to seeing part 2 and part 3 :)

Posted on February 12, 2007
- samyhouse

Very stylish, I really like the begining Title. I think it's the first time I see a lack and whyte movie on TMO..It really seems like old detective movie and it's really well done. As always on your studio, VO's were great, very understanble, very clear and very well played by actors. I was really amazed by the screen, the shadow the light...that gives a real atmosphere to the movie.

All I hope is that the scenario will surprise me and won't be as predictable as those old detective movies.

Posted on February 11, 2007
- benstudios1991


Stylish, classy, gripping, inventive, perfect. I could go on and on about this movie.
Once again the Black Cats show their subtle visual genius. They have no need to show off, yet when you pay close attention you find so many additions that bring the movie to a whole new level.
Kate Lee is a proven genius in the field of writing, and she shows no signs of slowing down. This is a clever, detailed, grab-you-by-the-shirt-and-pull-you-in writing. Where most TMO writers skimp on dialogue and realism in a desperate attempt to move along the plot, Kate Lee finds perfect opportunities to enhance the script with lines that boggle the mind.
The music, as always, mkaes this film what it is. Sherwin creates, in my opinion, his best work yet here. The music meanders through the backround, rising to accentuate the excitement and falling to bring out the cool, slick moments. The music in this movie is genius in its own right.
Overall, this is just a mesmerizing film. There are so many layers, so many details, so MUCH packed into such a short runtime. Once again, Chat Noir has transcended TMO and made a true film worthy of the largest audience.

Posted on February 11, 2007
- jhurst

Son of a Gun! Brilliant ambience & filmmaking!

Posted on February 11, 2007
- azza93

I'm only 13, but I still enjoy B&W movies!
Film noir rules!
Plz watch and rate my movies.

Posted on February 11, 2007
- sgporsche48

What a great throwback to the old noir days. The VOs were incredible. A great cast you have there. The black and white was very effective. It really gave the movie a 40s look. The score reminded me of the old noirs, too. Great, great, great job on this one. I shall be waiting with anticipation for Part 2.

Posted on February 11, 2007
- Aoimtxvzlmser

Wow. Not bad. Not bad. To be precise: really damn good. No Question.

Well. First I have to say, that this is the perfect opening for a great noir series. It was only six minutes long and had everything inside what a professional noir needs. The typical black and white look was an essential choice and one big reason for the noirish kind of atmosphere. Then the peppered dialogues. (Sischs Voice is the best choice for a femme fatale, that is sure.) What a start! Every single sentence was full of punchlines and word jokes.
The next point is: this movie was dirty. It was immoral. It was dark. Sometimes I even thought I was watching "Chinatown".
The characters were developed so deep and sensitive, that I was thinking, they would step out of my monitor in the following seconds. Simply perfect. A beautiful ouverture. You have proven, that you are, besides Josephkw and Postmodernchuck, one of the top three TMO movie makers. Bravo!

Posted on February 11, 2007
- daniellecrownford

Well done! Great movie!

Please, see my two movies and rate them, too! Thanks!

Posted on February 11, 2007
- TheTomas

Interesting, I'll be on the lookout for parts 2 and 3

Posted on February 11, 2007
- Nahton

Wonderfully acted, beautifully filmed, expertly directed, professionally scored, stylishly produced, smartly paced.... that's it I am out of glowing adjectives. It's great! I am looking forward to parts 2 and 3.

Posted on February 11, 2007
- melicendre

I loved the dark and cold atmosphere that you have created, the VO's,the editing and the use of musics are perfect! I'm looking forward to the next part.

Posted on February 11, 2007
- duxy

I always love watching film noir, and this was another great example used by the style of what truely is a remarkable piece of work you have here. The music really brought out the dramatic scenes and the Voice acting was excellent. I will definatley look forward to the next parts to come. Such great talents

Posted on February 11, 2007
- OlliEntertainment

Excellent movie...
Great style...
Good work.....

Film on!!!

Posted on February 11, 2007
- Primaer

Very dark and yet very visual. I love the film noir genre and this movie is full of the flair of it. A broken detective, an attractive femme fatale and many words which left unspoken it seems.

The VOs were great just as sherwins music (especially in the car scene). Great start, can't wait to see the next part.

Posted on February 11, 2007
- mimouch

AWESOME movie, one of the best I saw, Beautiful camera work and nice use of overlays. A great music, and good actors.
I can't wait the part2 !

Posted on February 11, 2007
- dafoso

A Fantastic film here Sherwin and you caught the classic movie style greatly here. Well worth the watch! I can' wait to see the nest two installments!


Posted on February 11, 2007
- Lucindamc123

Beautiful and fun!! That may seem an odd comment but I find dark, mysterious movies fun!! The acting was wonderful. The suspense is killing me though. So get the next installment up soon please.

Posted on February 11, 2007
- AnotherNewDawn

This was simply excellent (as we all expect every Chat Noir effort to be by now).

I may be biased (since I have an idea of what happens next), but I found this to be a fine establishing episode for the story to come.

And I cannot wait for the next installment.


Posted on February 10, 2007
- pookashells

sherwin does it again! I have been inspired once again by your movie-making skills. The first time being The Courage Within II.

Simply put, this movie is a must see if you want to see the best of TMO, its an instant classic! Beautiful camera work and nice use of overlays. especially when the car hit the main character, it was so beautifully done, that I am jealous. The storyline was a little rough, but I'm sure it will make sense in parts 2 and three.

excellent movie!!


Posted on February 10, 2007
- Goofparade

"Wow that was something else" are the words I just said out loud. In a very good way of course!
The music here was so well crafted and suited the style perfectly; it has a convincing period feel and subtance. The piano playing was lovely and the arranging of the piano, strings, harp and horns was top notch.
The horn synth sounded a bit too "synthy" for my taste but I'm much fussier than most about this.I'd go with samples of real horns instead.

Over all super job,

The headlights overlay was brilliant.

VO's .. the lot!

cheers and well made,


Posted on February 10, 2007
- themonkthemonk

I have chills!....really that was soooo good, I actually have chills! Now I have seen this same scene in dozens of real movies...and this little game program was actually better than most of them! Superior Acting and Music and Direction that puts the Nior, in Film Nior.
Dont let this plowed furrow lay fallow...Harvest up the rest of the MOVIE, Pronto!

you get 5 stars!

Posted on February 10, 2007
- colingaiser

First of all, the mood you created was exceptional. Every step of our journey with the characters felt like right out of an old Jimmy Stewart film. The haunting shadows, the brooding scenery, and some magnificent music tracks really made this what could've been a TMO treasure.

But I must say, I've seen many of Chat Noir's other films, and usually am impressed the exquisite use of dialogue. This time, though, it felt stale, unsatisfying, and abnormally slow. Allow me to demonstrate:

Woman: "Good to see you to." Pause.
Woman: "Got a light?" Pause.
Man: "Afraid not." Pause.
Woman: "Gary died." Smokes.
Man: "Gary died." Pause. "Gary died." Cue a roll of the eyes by me.

I know you were trying to set a tragic, solemn relationship for the characters to experience, but some of the dialogue was dissatisfyingly slow. And oh yes, the main character was AnotherNewDawn, was it not? Well, it sounded like he was reading "Clucky's Cadaver" at the local library's weekly story time...ok, maybe a little exaggeration, but it did sound like he was lightheadedly reading his lines off the monitor the entire time.

I am sorry if this review offends you, but these are just honest words from an honest man (and I don't expect a revenge review from a quality studio like Chat Noir! :) )

Posted on February 10, 2007

Good detail, professional editing and VO actors who obviously have theater experience make this one of the best I've seen on this site. The writing takes all of the film noir cliches to a whole new level. I know that it seems that I'm always giving these rave reviews, but so far I haven't really seen anything that desrves less. This si a class act. I'm learning so much from you.

Posted on February 10, 2007
- jackalbane

A very interesting overture into what I've seen is an excellent noir film so far. I loved the style, the subtle passion and the great character beginnings. Excellent work thus far, Chat Noir.

Posted on February 10, 2007
- alfric

superb film noir feel......from the titles and music,to the gritty black and white....
the plot is shaping up nicely....down at heel private dick,femme fatale.....
whats not to like.....
great movie will be looking out for the next part...

Posted on February 10, 2007
- Jenniza

Nice Black and White film. Very good VO's and music. I'm impress with the story so far. Everything pieces together nicely to create a beautiful film and story.

Posted on February 10, 2007
- docontheweb

So watching all those classic noirs have truely paild off! This was filmed perectly. You guys realy do understand noir filmmaking. The light and shadows, the dark dialgue, the seedy charcacters, everything came together perfectly.
Lizard channels Humphrey Bogart and delivers a knockout performance that is equally matched by sisch!

I will be waiting with great anticipation for the release of parts 2 and 3!


Posted on February 10, 2007

Absolutely brilliant. Loved the opening credits. The music was perfect and the direction out of this world. The va's were absolutely pheonominal.Great Work

Posted on February 10, 2007

You people definitely know your noir. Cliches aside however, this was a truly magnificent production, right down to the black & white cinematography which took my breath away. Film noir is, in my book, the greatest argument against the colorization of films which still goes on today. Let's face it -- they were filmed in black & white for a REASON, and nothing makes that reason more eminently clear than your use of light and shadow in the office scene.

I hope you are prepared for the tremendous accolades this series is going to deservedly receive.

Posted on February 10, 2007
- JosephKw

I have to say that the title credits themselves left me giddy with excitement already; those shadows on the wall (appropriate considering the film's title) parading to the noir tunes by Sherwin--I couldn't help but smile in appreciation of the care and effort put into just an opening credit. The story was a tad predictable at the start with the monologue introduction of the detective and the dame as client, but with the atmosphere established by the credits, I actually might've been disappointed had it been any other way. The dialogue was professional, but that is what we've come to expect from hands and mind of Kate Lee. I do have to make particular mention of the exquisite lighting used throughout the film. Dark shadows, with spotlighting--it just oozed noir, and was truly inspirational cinematography (I actually took notes as I watched this). The finale car sequence was a fitting end to this first introduction. The cuts between the feet and the tires, man and car, with the rising tempto and crescendo of Sherwin's score--even Hitch[be polite!] couldn't have done it better himself. This was a masterful work, by masters at work. Yet again, you have my admiration.

Posted on February 10, 2007
- postmodernchuck

Cinematic sexy-cool that pulls from an endless index of classic film noirs -- the films I have fetishistically watched again and again since I fell in love with movies. Into the Shadow (Part One), then, apotheosizes what I love about the genre while bringing in some of that Chat Noir sensibility we all know and love. I'm serious. You've captured every detail: the rain-slicked streets; the claustrophic, dimly-lit rooms; the venemous femme fetale; the tormented gumshoe; an intricate web of lust, deception, and mystery. Heck, even the opening title cards made me swoon. The way you were able to create this sort of atmosphere so perfectly with the tools of the game is truly startling, and testifies to the filmic mastery housed within the fingertips of our two decadent black cats.

Lizard and Sisch are pitch perfect in their roles, and the long, deceptive path their characters are taking will truly be a joy to watch in future installments. I'm also taken aback by that beautiful soundtrack, which pays homage to the past while adding a small string of postmodern contemporary-ness to the foray.

I can't wait for more!

Posted on February 10, 2007
- jameseva

I couldn't help but be amazed by this film.
Right from the start this oozed cinematic quality.
The dialogue was well written and beautifuly performed, and as an introduction to a film noir tale this was perfect.
The productions values used here were so high it was mind blowing.
The titles, the backdrops, the musical score, the classic scenes, everything I could ask for in the first few mins of a film of this genre was here.
I know i've mentioned the VO's already, but they truely were phenominal.
This film has left me awe.
Film Noir at it's TMO best!

Posted on February 10, 2007
- Master007

What is sure to become a masterpiece has been able to grip me into the story. The thrilling tale, and the amazing ideals behind this complex tale should ultimately lead to a big follow up. Congrats on another stunning film.

With an all star cast and perfect VO's, perfect script, perfect overlays and black and white effects, I was drawn into a crazed mood of wanting more, moRE, MORE!!!

Posted on February 10, 2007
- K4OwnzAll

I love these! Having been raised on B&W televison and B&W movies, I have such a fondness for the detective series. You have certainly captured the look and feel. Sisch is always perect as the sultry, dark femme fatale. Nobody could ask for better. The story and scenes were mesmorizing! The special additions to the movies were excellent!!!!!! Please never stop making these classics! ===K4===

Posted on February 10, 2007
- Mustachio26

Nooo! It's over. This was fantastic. brilliant voice acting from both leads. I was completely mesmerized the entire time. You really transport yoru audience back to a place filled with sumptuous pleasures and delightful cliche's. I can not wait for part two.

Posted on February 10, 2007

Film Noir truly at it's best. An outstanding cinematography and Directing. The plot and pace can be compared to a slow yet intoxicating infection that grabs you and doesnt let go. A Hypnotism beyond all imaginations in which angles,pans,shots,edits,music,vo's and scenes all combine to create a truly spectacular vision that is once again created by the great Kate Lee. Fantastic beginning to the episode and I throughly enjoyed it. Will Be checking out the second part to see more of the unravelling!

Nuke Well In All The Dark Energy In The Universe!!!!

Posted on February 10, 2007
- sisch

I think I´m the first! :)

I don´t have to tell you that I love the story.. you already know that!
I love the atmosphere you created here, very dark, very mysterious, the camera work is exceptional, as is the music which fits so well.. I can hardly wait to see the series continued and the story unfold!
I´m very happy to be a part of this!

Posted on February 10, 2007
- StevenKreg

Spot on! To be honest the story was a little light *Girl comes into private eyes office looking for help thing is so cliche'*

BUT! Damn... it was done with such style, and such spot on visuals and perfect tecnique, I couldnt help but be glued to the screen... and that is rare for a tmo movie.

Posted on February 10, 2007

Stylish genre excercise in black and white.
It's been done many times before, but this one
is very smooth (great car scene)
Points I like very much are the opening credits,
excellent voices and some nice cinematography.
Story wise, not a lot is happening yet,
it's more about mood and the typical film noir
setting. I even like the music this time :)
Looking forward to how this will continue.
Quality movie.

Posted on February 10, 2007
- BricksFilms

Outstanding film guys! I love the whole Black and White effect, and great use of music and overlays! I cant wait for part 2. ;)

Posted on February 10, 2007