What is Mise en Scene ?
• This comes from the French
term, what is inside the scene
• It is the visual information in front
of the camera, telling the audience
information about the scene.
It is made up of five different things...
Props and Settings
• The setting of a scene plays an important part
in film making.
• A set could be built from scratch or time is spent
searching for an already existing setting.
• Settings can build up certain expectations
before taking a surprising turn
Props give the setting authenticity, these are
particularly important in settings of a
• The weather also falls under this category, it can influence
the mood and atmosphere of a scene for the audience.
• Costumes, hair and make up are important
to show us the personality, status and job
of the character.
• Tells us the era, society and culture
that the show or film is based around.
• Certain costumes are significant
of certain types of people.
Facial Expression and Body
• This can tell us how someone is feeling.
• It can play together with the music in the
background to project someone in a way
that might not be obvious to the eye – for
example if someone is smiling but there is
dark and sinister music, they turn from
being someone happy, to perhaps being
• This can also indicate the feelings that one
character has to another, or reflect the
Lighting and Colour
• Colour can add meaning to a scene as it gives it a
particular feel, look or mood.
• It can create a dramatic effect.
• Lighting can highlight objects or characters that might
be important within the frame.
• The lighting can be manipulated to make characters
look mysterious by shading sections of the face or the
• The lighting can show us a character’s mental state
and hidden emotions.
• There are two main types of
Low Key Lighting
• This is created by only using key and back
lights. It creates sharp contrasts between
the dark and light areas. It produces
distinct shadows or silhouettes.
• This is appropriate for filming scenes that
are of a horror or ghost genre…