Virtual Camera ProjectLCC 2730 Constructing the Moving ImageSpring 2011Nettrice R. Gaskins
Mise-en-sceneMise-en-scène or "placing on stage" is an expression used to describe thedesign aspects of a theatre or film production, which essentially means"visual theme" or "telling a story"—both in visually artful ways throughstoryboarding, cinematography and stage design, and through direction.
CharacterThe combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one actor fromanother can be very distinct. Helen Parr, aka Elastigirl is a character in thefilm The Incredibles. In addition to being a superhero she is a dedicatedspouse and mother. Costume is another element to consider.
Set DesignAn important element of "putting in the scene" is set design—the setting ofa scene and the objects (props) there in. Set design can be used to amplifycharacter emotion or the dominant mood of a film, or to establish aspectsof the character. Space is another element to consider.
LightingThe intensity, direction, and quality of lighting have a profound effect onthe way an image is perceived. Light (and shade) can emphasize texture,shape, distance, mood, time of day or night, season, glamour; it affects theway colors are rendered, both in terms of hue and depth, and can focusattention on particular elements of the composition.
ColorRelated to lighting (value) color can be used to emphasize distance,mood, time of day or night, season, etc. Creating color sketches or scriptsbefore-hand will help when constructing your scene in Unity 3D.
Open DesignLater in this course you will brainstorm a group project related to thegeneral theme, using media and techniques of your choice – i.e. collage,assemblage, drawing & painting, writing, etc., from a variety of sources.
The AssignmentUse the Maya Comic Project as astoryboard to set up a scene thatincludes your objects, cameramovements, sound, and effectivemise-en-scene to stage a dramaticscene using the tools available.In The Invention of Hugo Cabret,Hugo is haunted by the story of atrain crash that happened manyyears earlier at the train station inParis where he lives. Thisevent/scene was recreated in thefilm Hugo.