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Andrey Tarkovsky



Ingmar Bergman


acting for the camera =
The most ordinary word, when put into place, suddenly acquires brilliance. That is the brilliance with which your images must shine. - Robert Bresson

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    What is Mise en scene? The phrase refers to how scenes are framed and staged when appearing in a movie. That is, are the actors outside? Inside? What surrounds them? Does a certain shot through a doorway frame a character just so? In film theory, it is sometimes used as a way to 'pick apart' a movie and write about it.

    Originally a French term that mean 'placing on stage,' the term is now used in film studies to designate how a particular scene is framed. For example, where things appear and what they're surrounded by can play a big part in how you receive a movie emotionally.

    What is in and out of focus in a scene is also important in how a viewer reacts to a scene. Focus directs the viewer's eyes to different things that the director wants them to pay attention to in a particular scene.

    Depth and scale of places and things - humans and objects - in a scene are sometimes manipulated by the filmmaker to subconsciously pass on a message. Using depth and scale, a director could point out, for instance, that an adversary is physically superior to the hero.

    Decor - the set and props and how they are laid out helps set a mood, adding to whatever is trying to be communicated. That is, when it's done right. Bad decor (or out of place decor) can lead to horrible movies.

    Lighting is also important when looking at a scene. There are three types of lighting used:

    key lighting - From the front directed toward the object in the scene
    fill lighting - Lighting from the opposite side of the key lighting, to balance the lighting out
    back lighting - Lighting from behind the main object in the scene. Having light come from three different direction, you add to the illusion of three dimensions.
    Low Key Lighting results in a dark and shadowy scene. On the other end of the spectrum, High Key Lighting floods the scene with a lot of light from the front - almost unnaturally so. Varying the back lighting also has an effect on how the scene comes across.

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    For production process I better send you to shows.vtheatre.net; I keep my notes for stage productions from the pre-production to the post-production cycles.


    mise-en-scene definition & Montage & Mise-en-Scene

    Mise & Lit * Rashomon

    Andrey Tarkovsky: Sculpting in Time : Reflections on the Cinema
    Paperback: 254 pages * Publisher: University of Texas Press; Reprint edition (April 1, 1989) The idea behind the title of the book is that the film-goer goes to the cinema to experience time, and that the director's job is to sculpt the time that the audience experiences -- cut away the inessential words and seconds and pieces. This book is an introduction to the rules that Tarkovsky set for himself in achieving this goal.

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    On Directing Film by David Mamet
    I have pages with this title in several places: Theatre Director and in my new Virtual Theatre and in Ant Theatre & Film...

    Why? First, because I direct, but more important -- nobody yet described what director does and doesn't do.

    In Theatre Theory directory I even made a special page Directing in hope that I can explain the profession by the process. Listen to classical music (operas, too) and imagine that it's you who are composing that or this symphony... This is what you have to do with images, my friend.

    And conduct it only once.

    Maybe it's me, but like in writing I have to see, to hear it, to smell, to taste -- get as close as possible to touching it. I have to work on the image in my mind, even I see it, to find the way I can hear it (there is no silence, each silence has its own sound and melody, rhythm). So, I tourture myself staring onto the image (read about Tarkovsky and his films, of course, for training), I have to do it untill the smell comes. Now, see what produced the smell -- light, motion, color?

    I keep my diaries (and booknotes), it helps. Nowadays I do writing only, the "old method" of filmmaking, when the reader makes movies in his or her head. You have to rework every images (sometimes it is several shot), because if you will make the "flow" -- this is what the public flies through. Of, course, they don't remember the shots and do not know how you constructed and designed them, but this is not what they should remember -- they should remember the FEELINGS they had!

    Read the production pages and think twice do you want to be a film director?

    Camera as Spectator + Camera as Actor

    Godard about Mise-en-scene (primary motion) and (secondary motion) -- which one is the main?



    Globalization and National Cinema, the American Age. Visual Culture

    [ please read direct.vtheatre.net -- THR331 Stage Directing, if you want to know how direct action in front of the camera ]

    What I shouldn't do as a director? Delegate! As much as you can. Remember where you began, remember the begining and the end of the process. The whole film is your business, not the the small things. Communicate -- if you have to get into everything, you are to lose the big picture!

    Most important -- let actors act by creating the "set" of environments for them!


    Be prepare for the next classday! Textbook.


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