Mise en scene
Produced by Clarissa Thompson
Modern day teen dress code.
Casual: boys – jeans, hoodie, short sleeve t-shirts, trainers, etc.
Girls – leggings/jeans, t-shirt/shirt and jacket, and boots/trainers/shoes. NO high heels.
This idea of casual clothing is associated with horror films as this creates fear among the
audience as they see that any, every day 'normal' people can be a demon/killers
subjective for death.
Each character to be holding a backpack/big bag reasonable for camping for a weekend
Demonic book with self-drawn images of ‘demons’ and symbols associated with spirits.
Tent (set up for image shots in the forest).
Camera/ Phone for character/s to film. (Forest scene and café scene).
Chain (tied around tree for one frame. Holding the book up for another frame).
The use of having backpacks as apart of a prop was changed due to the change in
storyboard and characters.
From: Westminster Kingsway College, Grays Inn Road, London.
Destination: Epping Forest, Ilford, Essex.
By using Google
maps, a clear
Epping Forest was
presented to the
needed for the
Coffee shop/café – Café Carmel
From: Westminster Kingsway College, Grays Inn Road, London
Destination: Café Carmel, 229 Grays Inn Road, London
By using Google maps, an image and map layout of where the shooting of the café scene
will take place.
Characters will need to be present, however precise directions were not needed as it is
situated down the road from Westminster College where we all attend.
From: Westminster Kingsway College, Greys Inn road, London
Destination: Primrose Hill,
Primrose Hill Road, London
Changes were made to our
prime location from Epping
Forest to Primrose Hill.
Due to the current 48-
hour tube strike throughout
London; this made it far too
long of a journey for our
group in only a few hours to
carry out our filming that
afternoon from Westminster
Kingsway College to Epping
Forest. The torrential
downpour had also caused
flooded streams and very saturated soil, which would have been very difficult to film
and set up equipment. Primrose hill also allowed us more open space and a panoramic
high city shot of London.
Thus, by using Google maps, a clear thorough planned journey from Kings Cross Station;
our group meeting spot; to Primrose Hill. No characters were needed for filming at this
A lot of natural lighting with additional direct lighting will be used throughout the film
as filming will be exterior (in daylight/sunset). Thus sunlight will be used as our main
source of lighting as well as using a light bouncer to achieve lighting when filming the
café scene to reflect natural lighting when needed.
As this is a long shot, only natural lighting from the sun/set will be used in this scene of
the forest and the book (prop).
Close – up. Dimmed background light will be present in this scene with small lighting
(flash torch) which will be held at birds eye view to portray details of the close-up shot
of the book.
Wide-shot. Sunset background among the trees with a 2-point lighting surrounding the
tent for only 6-second camera shot.
Low angle shot meaning that the sky will be in the shot. A silhouette of the trees should
take place with low sunset of the sky lit up.
Wide shot with slow zoom. 2 point (left and right) torches either side of chained tree
(prop). Lighting will be placed either side of the camera to avoid shadows from the
cast/scenery, i.e. trees. Estimated 6 metres distance between each torch.
High angle shot. One flash torch; lighting at high angle position. Dimmed low to create
“horror” effect of the leaves blowing on the ground.
Four main characters, all in in their late teens.
One homosexual boy.
For the actors, I wanted to have a wide range of gender, ethnicity and class.
One white British teenage girl.
One afro-Caribbean teenage girl.
As a group we discussed that for short filming, there was too many characters involved
and this was not needed for just an opening sequence. I decided on one boy and one girl
to be the opening actors. Unfortunately, there was not a male teenage boy that we could
find to fit our schedule. This meant that two girls were my two main characters;
however the topic of boys would come up to create a more teenage atmosphere and
realism. In the conventions of a horror females are prone to be the victim for example in
opening sequences such as The Ring and Scream. As a result, I wanted to include class
and ethnicity by having one white British middle class girl, beside one afro-
Caribbean 'street' working class girl.
Characters are supposed to be sitting down, relaxed and casual whilst having a
conversation. The working class teenage girl would have a slight attitude that is
conveyed through her hand and body language.
The middle class teenage girl will be holding one the latest smartphones. This character
will portray the stereotype of teenagers always being on their phones and not always
paying attention to the subject of conversation at times. This can be exemplified in
horror opening sequences such as Scream - the teenage girl is distracted; making
popcorn; by a phone conversation with a male.
There are no characters at the forest scene, and therefore there are no character
Actors make – up:
The characters will have minimal make-up. The working class girl will have some of her
hair shaven and to one side of her head to create an urban and ‘street’ style, along with
no make-up. The second character – the middle class girl – will have short hair that is
middle parted and subtle.
No make-up or costume is needed for the opening sequence for the villain as it is a
demon/spirit that is only heard or fely but not seen.
Present the mise-en-scene plans to their group for feedback.
Discussed to the group was my idea of the key prop, which is a chained worn out book.
This is the ‘killer’. Meaning that the killer is not necessarily seen,
but the demands/spirits are hidden from within the book.
Upon this idea, the group agreed on my idea of forest shot images. This included one
shot with the book chained and slightly buried under the soil/leaves on the ground. The
second was an image shot of the tent in the distance of the forest/field. These will all be
taken towards the ending of the sun setting.
Produce the shooting script and risk assessment.