Mise-En-Scene

A French term meaning “Putting into the scene” which can be visually planned and at short notice or on the spot be changed by the director to make a better shot.

Within the Directors control of Mise-En-Scene includes:

Setting:
Can be on location
In a studio
Computer Graphics

Lighting:
Hard Lighting. Creates clearly defined shadows and sharp edges
Soft Lighting. Diffused illumination
Frontal Lighting. Tendency to eliminate shadows
Back Lighting. Comes from behind the subject being filmed. Tends to create silhouettes
Under Lighting. Light coming from below the subject, distorts figures, dramatic horror effects
Top Lighting. Spot lights that shine down almost directly above

Costume & Make up:
Costume can be used to help enhance the story, for instance in the first half of the movie the characters might be wearing bright colours with flowing materials, however a plot twist might happen and the characters start wearing muted colours which are non accentuating to the figure.
Make up can be used to help an actor or actress fit the role of a character or famous person in history and make the story more believable.

Behaviour:
The way characters (human or animal) interact with the world “scene” around them

These can be used in different ways, for example, realism, comic exaggeration, supernatural terror, understated beauty etc.

 

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