Pair it: Casino Royale
Write the answers to these questions in your book:
• What settings were used in the opening sequence?
• Why were they chosen?
• Were they appropriate to the film, if so how?
• Describe the settings, list the settings used and their key features
• How do they link to the character of Bond and what we have come to
expect of the long-established series?
Lighting: Including use of areas of darkness or
Lighting is a key part of the film’s
mise-en scene, as its effects can be
seen ‘within the frame’. This aspect
is closely linked with
cinematography (or use of the
How do you feel the use of
lighting and colour, in this
case, helps to determine
Performance and Movement
This is a key aspect of Mise-en-scene.
Performance and movement enable us to understand the relationship
between given characters. It refers to the acting that is taking place;
there is a performance going on and essentially it revolves around
movement (miniscule movements to the expansive), everything is
included, from slow movements of the eye to sudden running and
jumping, and each may be read in several ways. They can give us
understanding of relationships and of emotions.
Performance: Body Language
• Remember that in the main everything has been agreed, planned,
scripted and set out.
Everything you see has been constructed.
• Everything will have been choreographed with particular attention to
body language. We need to be asking why have choices been made
Costume and Props
Costume refers to items of clothing being worn by the character or
objects seen within any given setting. At its simplest, costume acts
as a type of uniform, linking a character to a particular group and
often to a rank or position within the group. Costume can
‘announce’ a character, giving insight into what the person is
supposed to be like; for instance shy or flamboyant.
Props give an authentic sense of place, but can be used in more
complex ways to suggest important characteristics of individuals or
themes of the whole film. Props can also act as symbols.
Make notes from the information on this slide.
Mise-en-scéne: costume and props
As well as the performance and movement of actors in a film,
filmmakers must take into consideration costumes to be worn
and props to be placed within a setting or used by a particular
Analyse the following images of
Detectives Somerset (Morgan
Freeman) and Mills (Brad Pitt) in
the film Seven. Annotate them
with your ideas.
In detail, describe what the
differences in costume tell us
about these two men?