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Film Techniques - Mise en scene

Film Techniques Year 9 Integrated Studies 2013
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Sarah Merat

on 22 February 2016

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Transcript of Film Techniques - Mise en scene

Mise en scene
Mise-en-scène is a French term and originates in the theater. It means, literally, "put in the scene." For film, it has a broader meaning, and refers to almost everything that goes into the composition of the shot. which includes;
Setting and location
Decor
Props
Body Language
Costume and make-up
Setting can add/have meaning in terms of:
character association
point in the films narrative which has been reached.
consider context
mood
situation
the period of which the film is set.
This includes:
colour
texture
set design
placement
atmosphere
character
genre
This is done by the art department.
Shows how a character feels and shows character response to others

Includes:
Facial expressions
Posture
Movement
Gesture
The Director guides this.
Costumes Can:
Support or counteract lighting
Contribute to the general design/fx
Give a sense of time period
Provide information about a character
They are created by the costume designer.
Props are objects within a scene being used by a character. They can:
Can contribute to narrative information
Provide genre information
Provide character information

They are usually created by the art department - although sometimes specialists.
What effect do costumes have in this scene:
Dialogue
Dialogue serves important functions within a film's story. It can:
Help identify the location and characters
Identifies "Why" "How" and "What Next"
Moves the plot along
Sets the tone of the film: Realistic, fanciful etc
Helps viewers identify themes
Music and Sound
The film's soundtrack usually includes dialogue,sound effects and music.

The music might comprise of number of orchestral, instrumental or choral pieces called cues which are timed to begin and end at specific points during the film in order to enhance the dramatic narrative and the emotional impact of the scene in question.

Or it might include popular music.
Camera Work
A camera angle is the position from which the camera records its subject.

A camera angle usually takes its name from one of the three dimensions in which the camcorder operates:
Horizontal position, such as front angle, three-quarter angle or profile angle.
Height, such as bird's eye angle, neutral angle, low angle.
Distance (gauged by the amount of a standing human included in the frame), such as long shot, medium shot, closeup.

Sometimes, we give a camera setup two or more labels, as in "Give me a high-angle closeup shot."
or Set Design
Lighting
Lighting was originally used in film to make sure the audience could see what was going on; because early film was not able to pick up contrast and movement so easily.

Now lighting is sued to set tone and mood.
Key lighting terms include:
Background lighting
Cameo lighting
Fill light
Flood lighting
High-key lighting
Key lighting
Lens flare
Low-key lighting
Mood lighting
Rembrandt lighting
Stage lighting
Soft light
Film Editing
Film editing is part of the creative post-production process of filmmaking.
The film editor works with the raw footage, selecting shots and combining them into sequences to create a finished motion picture.
Symbolism
Refer to your poetry notes.

If you ask me a question that is answered in those I will
figuratively
kill you!
Diegetic and Non-Diegetic

Something you can see on screen makes the noise
Something you can not see makes the noise.
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