Mise-en-Scene -- Stage Directing & Mise in Biomechanics *
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SummaryMontage ("to build") and Mise-en-scene ("to put into the scene") are two main concepts: they are inter-connected. My prime concern is the actor and mise-en-scene [ more in Digital Media Tutorial ]
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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.
"In film theory Film theory seeks to develop concise, systematic concepts that apply to the study of cinema. Classical film theory provides a structural framework to address classical issues of techniques, narrativity, diegesis, cinematic codes, "the image", genre, subjectivity, and authorship. More recent analysis has given rise to psychoanalytic film theory, structuralist film theory, feminist film theory, and theories of documentary, new media, third cinema, and new queer cinema, to name just a few. See also film criticism.
Mise-en-scene in theatre
... light, set, costumes... [staging, including acting] = M II (craft, directing) + Mise-en-Scene I (analysis) and Mise-en-Scene III (theory)
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Maybe the question is wrong: should be "camera and actor"? Film acting must be always seen as camera-actor...
I have to make this new page (chapter) in order to comment on the textbook (2004) readings. First, main topics on mise-en-scene (overview).
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Mise-en-scene in FilmMise-en-scene: ‘to put on stage’ or ‘staging an action’: 'the elements of mise-en-scene include the ‘contents of the frame and the way they have been organised’.
Any consideration of framing must therefore include the position (and movement) of the camera.
Elements of Mise-en-scene:
Sets and Props (including decor)
Costume and Makeup
Action and performance
Camera position and its movement (?).
To work effectively mise-en-scene relies on consistency and coherence. Continuety Page?
In the contemporary context, analysis of mise-en-scene also needs to include consideration of some elements of production design executed in post-production.
Production design is concerned with the overall look and design of a film, but not with the staging of the actors.
Production designers work in consultation with the director and, where necessary, with the visual effects supervisor.
Visual effects can, for instance, be used to change the colour of a film, or to add grain or texture. They can also be used to create virtual sets and characters.
Analysis of mise-en-scene needs to consider:
- the pro-filmic aspects of filmmaking (i.e. what is staged before the camera -- primary motion)
- cinematography (secondary motion)
- contributions to production design executed in post-production (e.g. changes to the colour and grain of the film, digital matte paintings, visual effects)
Visual motif: an element of mise-en-scene that acquires significance through repetition.
While consistently applied, the significance of a particular motif can also shift throughout the narrative (e.g. the rose in "American Beauty").
What is important in the analysis of mise-en-scene is the relationships between its various elements. These elements are also regulated by the conventions of:
- film institutions (e.g. Hollywood, independent cinema, and art-house cinema)
Mise-en-scene contributes to:
Visual style: e.g. surreal, expressionist, realist, grungy, stark
Tone: e.g. satirical, ironic, nostalgic, camp
Cultural-historical location: e.g. small town America, Australian suburbia, futuristic urban dystopia
Narrative themes: e.g. alienation, claustrophobia, voyeurism
Character: e.g. loneliness, oppression, repression, rebellion
Point of view:
- of the narration
- of a character
Ideology refers to the representation of social, cultural or political beliefs as natural or taken-for-granted (rather than historical and open to contestation).
Film Studies--Mise-en-scene Name___________________
The term mise-en-scene (pronounced "meez-ahn-sen") refers to the director's control over what appears in the film frame. In short, mise-en-scene covers four areas:
- Setting and Props
- Costumes and Make-up
- Behavior of Figures (acting and other movement)
Assignment: Watch a three- to five-minute scene from a film of your choice. Note below as many aspects of mise-en-scene as you can. For each category, consider the following questions.
- Are the elements realistic? Exaggerated? Expressionistic?
- What seem to be the dominant elements?
- What is significant about the colors (or lack thereof)? The shapes? The sizes?
- How do the elements help develop the meaning of the scene?
Name of Movie: ________________________________________________________
Setting and Props
Costumes and Make-up
Behavior of Figures
Eisen: Anatoly? Where are you?
Anatoly: Here, sir.
Eisen: I mean, on this page, mister. Don't you understand that mise en scene is the most important subject in directing? What is this listing? Talk the serious stuff, man.
Anatoly: But, sir, this is what they read in the textbooks -- "director's job is ... controlling the content and flow of the film's plot. Directing the performances of actors, both mechanically by putting them in certain positions (i.e. blocking), and dramatically by eliciting the required range of emotions"...
Eisen: I am ashamed of you, Anatoly! Shame, shame!
Anatoly: ... "Organizing and selecting the locations in which the film will be shot... Managing technical details such as the positioning of cameras, the use of lighting, and the timing and content of the film's soundtrack. Any other activity that defines or realizes the artistic vision the director has for the film"...
Eisen: Are you done? Finished? Now, tell me what mise-en-scene is about.
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