Lesson 6: Visuals that move


More Mise-en-Scène

While shot sizes, camera positions, and camera angles are important aspects of mise-en-scène, mise-en-scène is more than that. When you analyze the mise-en-scène of a movie scene, you also look at the colors, lighting, props, décor, and costumes. In Lesson 4: Visuals and Semiotics, you already learned some techniques you can use to analyze objects in images (such as décor, costumes, and props), what these can connote, and how these may communicate underlying myths and ideologies.

Please read more about mise-en-scène on the website of Yale University’s Film Studies Program:

  • Yale University’s Film Studies Program. (2002). Mise-en-scène. Retrieved from http://classes.yale.edu/film-analysis/htmfiles/mise-en-scene.htm

If you would like to learn even more about mise-en-scène, you could read the following recommended reading: Chapter 2: Exploring a Material World: Mise-en-Scène from the book:

  • Corrigan, T., & White, P. (2004). The film experience: An introduction. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.

You can find a PDF copy of Corrigan and White’s chapter here.


Assignment 6.2: Mise-en-Scène Analysis

Description

After you have read more about mise-en-scène, please choose a video clip that you would like to analyze from the three examples below.

Please write a 2-4 page paper (double spaced) describing the mise-en-scène of the video clip you choose. In your analysis, include at least the following components:

  1. Shot sizes (and use of space)
  2. Camera angles and positions
  3. Lighting and color
  4. Props, décor, and costumes

Submitting Your Assignment

Under your last assignment (6.1) in your Word file, write “Assignment 6.2” and type out your responses to the five parts of this assignment. When you have completed all assignments of this lesson, save the document as a file on your computer and make sure the file is named “Assignment6”. After you have saved your file, go to the student interface and submit your assignment for grading. Click here if you need additional information regarding submission of your assignment.

Grading Criteria

  • Carefully analyzed how shot sizes and use of space contributed to the meaning of the scenes in the clip (4)
  • Carefully analyzed how camera angles and positions contributed to the meaning of the scenes in the clip (4)
  • Carefully analyzed how lighting and color contributed to the meaning of the scenes in the clip (4)
  • Carefully analyzed how props, décor, and costumes contributed to the meaning of the scenes in the clip (4)

Points: 16

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