Pronounced “meez ahn sen”, it is a French term and originates in theatre.
Of all the technical aspects mise-en-scene is the one that we are likely to be most familiar with. When a film finishes we may not remember the camera shots or editing but we can usually recall some elements of the mise- en-scene
So, what is it?
Mise-en-scene refers to everything that appears in the film frame.
What makes up mise-en-scene?
Location / Setting
Props / iconography
Costume and Make Up
Use of colour
All elements are controlled by the director with the help of a several design departments– remember that accidents in production of film or tv are rare!
Mise-en-scene is crucial in creating the world of the show and meaning for the viewer
What you actually see eg. A Rose is a red flower
What something might stand for or represent, e.g.. To give someone a red rose might suggest love
What are all of the connotations of the colour red?
The mise-en-scene in a film or TV show can connote complex ideas to the viewer very quickly.
The mise-en-scene can enhance audience understanding of a film/tv show by informing them of different meanings such as: