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The Language of Film, Part II

Mise-en-scene
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Tim Klobuchar

on 2 September 2016

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Transcript of The Language of Film, Part II

Part II
Mise-en-scene
What is this and how do I say it?
Setting
Costume and makeup
Composition
Lighting
Besides the other aspects listed here, mise-en-scene also includes acting, which because of time constraints we're not getting into here.
Film theorist Andre Bazin:“The human being is all-important in the theatre. The drama on the screen can exist without actors. A banging door, a leaf in the wind, waves beating on the shore can heighten the dramatic effect. Some film masterpieces use man only as an accessory …”

Watch the following video tutorial for a primer on how important setting can be.
To compare different approaches to mise-en-scene, even when telling the same basic story, let's look at Tim Burton's "Batman" (1989) and Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" (2008)
Let's start with the opening sequences of both movies. Both begin in Gotham City, and both show a crime being committed. Beyond that, though, the differences are big, starting with the setting. Look for yourself. First, "Batman".
Now, "The Dark Knight"
Props are part of the setting, too. How does each of the Batmobiles seem to fit into its respective setting?
Again, let's take a closer look at "Batman" and "The Dark Knight" -- in this case, let's look at different takes on the same character. Even in still images, the differences are stark.
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