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Mis En Scene

A visual glossary of some key terms often used in cinematography, as well as relevant examples.

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Mis En Scene

  1. 1. Mis En Scene Example Connotation Lighting Whether it’s to represent a happy and light or sinister theme, lighting is the most essential key to creating any scene effectively. Take “TheGodfather”, one of the greatest (if not the greatest) movies of all time. A lot of scenes in The Godfather wouldn’t have been as effective if not for its low key lighting. Costume Costumes and makeup make up (Hah hah.) a characters whole aesthetic, and can often be very iconic. Take “TheWarriors”, for example; costumes were key to making that film as classic as it is today, since the characters are all distinguishable from one another. Props Props can often be central to a scene, so care must be taken when representing them and distinguishing them among others. A famous example would be the Nazgul’s swords and horses from the “Lord of the Rings” movies. Music As seen in the Alfred Hitchcock movie “Pyshco”and the (in)famous shower scene, music is always key to complimenting the atmosphereof a certain scene. Setting As seen in the movie “Locke”, which takes place entirely in the interior (or close exterior) of a BMWX5, a scene’s setting can often offer relative information to a scene’s whereabouts and time period as well as a certain atmosphere. Colours Colours are always a key part of creating visual aesthetic, and can sometimes be iconic to a movie. (As seen in “Schindler’s List”.)