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Mise en scene
Transcript of Mise en scene
In the Stanley Kubrick film "2001- A space odyssey the main outstanding decor is of the space ship and the HAL computer- it reflects the futuristic atmosphere
Rear projection Costumes The costumes are imperative in a film, particularly in
period dramas or historical films, to help the audience
establish the setting, however the costumes are also
used to show a clash in culture and social/economical
The decor of a scene Rear projection is the image projected in a window or gap in the set when a scene is shot from a moving car in order to help create the scene in which the vehicle is traveling in, sometimes the this effect can be used to show nostalgia in order to give the effect of an older movie, for example Quentin Tarantino gg hh Costumes alongside sets In historical dramas, the costumes tend to be more extravagant and therefore there tends to be more close ups focusing on them There also tends to be more establishing shots as the sets are key in not disorienting the audience and showing them the contextual issues towards the protagonists and other character's actions and their consequences Lighting Lighting can have a dramatic effect on how the viewer perceives the scene. It allows for some aspects to remain shrouded in mystery and others to be illuminated.
Most films use three point lighting and the standard high and low key lighting.
Frontality Frontality – the staging of characters and objects within a scene so that they are directly facing the camera. It is usually avoided since it can give a very staged feel and breaks the sense of the viewer being separated from the scene.
It makes the viewer feel as if the characters are aware of their presence, which can be uncomfortable and disconcerting. Some directors go further than this and have their characters even talking directly to the camera.
It is a very definitive move and its appearance in a mise en scene tends to betray the directors identity.
Matte shots – the use of painted stills or photographs layered into the scene as a background. The sets would therefore be ‘matte’ instead of real. This is used because of economic reasons or because health and safety will not permit the film to be shot in the actual location. Matte Shots Matte shots – the use of painted stills or photographs layered into the scene as a background. The sets would therefore be ‘matte’ instead of real. This is used because of economic reasons or because health and safety will not permit the film to be shot in the actual location. Deep space and Shallow space Deep space – deep space means the utilisation of an image with a lot of depth, where objects are both near and far to the camera. This gives a good sense of perception and reality to the scene as the viewer experiences a lot of the surrounding area.
Shallow space – used to create a feeling of claustrophobia. The characters and props are very closely placed together and although sometimes the image can lose it’s realistic feel, the picture quality is improved and all elements are in focus.
Use of Shallow spaceto create tension Off screen space Off screen space – space involved in the narrative that is not actually seen in the frame. It becomes relevant when the attention of a character is caught by someone or somebody in this off screen space. It is often used for horror or suspense films as the viewer is unnerved that they are not aware of everything that is happening within the scene. Off screen space – space involved in the narrative that is not actually seen in the frame. It becomes relevant when the attention of a character is caught by someone or somebody in this off screen space. It is often used for horror or suspense films as the viewer is unnerved that they are not aware of everything that is happening within the scene. Three point lighting Three point lighting is a system where you have a key light, a fill light and a back light, like so; High key and low key lighting Hi key lighting – used to create a happy or bright atmosphere. There is little shadows and most aspects are exposed.
Low key lighting – shadows are used to great effect. Strong contrasts between light and dark. Often associated with Film Noir.