Notes on Mise-en-scene
Notes on Mise-en-scene ENG260
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Date Created: 02/11/15
Media Aesthetic Notes Miseenscene 1 Cinematography is how you see a film and miseenscene is what you see in a film Think of miseenscene as what is physically in front of the camera So for instance how a film is shot wideangle lens medium closeup from a low angle What is shot a woman standing next to a river with a long blue dress 2 Settings and sets sets are built Settings are where we are So the actual set would be the building we are in but the setting would be a dark city in the rain 3 Props physical objects within the scene The actors may or may not interact with them 4 Actors star text acting styles blockingmovement a Star text all things that make up the quotreal world personality Roles press image Talk show appearances Real news stories The library of roles that the actoractress has played We can think about someone like Meg Ryan who has a star text built around not being super public and is known as being nice Then we see her in a film like In the Cut erotic crimethriller which goes completely against her star text Sometimes stars do movies like that to try and change their star text That kind of shift even if the movie doesn t get traction can show producers and directors that the actoractress can do something different A big part of why movies can fail is because people expect one thing and they get the new star text b Blocking where the character is physically placed in the scene c Movement how do they the actoractress move where do they move do they move d Character types i Can go along with star texts ii What type of characters do people normally play 1 For example Judy Greer The Wedding Planner 13 Going on Thirty 27 Dresses etc is often typecast as the sidekick or sassysupportive best friend of the female protagonist e Acting styles stylized natural method i Natural a character reacting to their role in a more or less realistic way 1 Jim Ca rrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ii Stylized unnaturalcartoonish 1 Jim Carrey Ace Ventura The Mask 5 Costumesmake up 6 Ugh ng a Three point lighting key front fill fill in shadows can also be used to create depth throughout the sequence Not necessarily one point of light back behind b You can create a lot of emotion and meaning through lighting Key main light Generally brightestnot always i High key lighting little contrast soft lighting ii Low key lighting stark contrast hard lighting chiaroscuro super dramatic black black meeting bright bright of the light Line between black shadow and bright light Actually produced from a very bright key light while everything else is dark Lighting angles frontal side lighting under lighting ex sitting around the campfire with the flashlight under your chin top lighting Highlighting can be used with generally frontal key lighting But can be any type of lighting that highlights a specific object within the scene It helps to guide the eye of the viewer to what is importantsignificant Natural lighting Doesn t mean natural in that it only comes from the sun or the moon only that it comes from a source within the scene Sun lamp TV flashlight etc Set lighting diffused light throughout scene generally equated with fill light More or less opposite of natural lighting Shading use of shadows with the scene
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